Dave Chisnall faces Phil Taylor in Aberdeen

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

  • Dave Chisnall looking for second win over Phil Taylor
  • Morecambe ace second in the table
  • Chisnall hopes to close in on a play-off spot
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Dave Chisnall will look to take another step towards the Betway Premier League play-offs when he faces Phil Taylor in Aberdeen on Thursday night.

The Morecambe ace won both his games in Sheffield last week as he doubled up and second in the table, now sits eight points clear of the stars chasing a semi-final spot.

Chisnall, who beat Taylor 7-4 in Manchester a fortnight ago, said: “You don’t know what’s going to happen because there’s another five or six games to go, so we’ll see what happens but I’m putting in a lot of practice and I’m feeling good when I go on stage.

“I felt really comfortable last week and I played well - I started well and finished well and I want to do that again when I play Phil.

“Last time, I started slowly and he let me in but I can’t expect that again so I’ve got to make sure I’m ready for him on Thursday.”

Taylor’s own challenge to win a seventh Premier League title has faltered in recent weeks with four defeats in his last five games and plays twice at the GE Oil & Gas Arena as he takes on Chisnall and Stephen Bunting, who also doubles on.

Last time, I started slowly and he let me in but I can’t expect that again so I’ve got to make sure I’m ready for him on Thursday

Dave Chisnall

The Power said: “It’s an important night and it could be a big night in terms of the play-offs in a few weeks time.

“It’s always a challenge playing twice but it’s one I’m looking forward to because Dave and Stephen have been great this season.

“Stephen wasn’t at his best when we played last time but he’s hung in there and he’s still fighting to get into the play-offs, and Dave’s impressed everyone.”

Chisnall and Taylor open up the night live on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm.

Elsewhere, Bunting faces Adrian Lewis before meeting Taylor in the night’s final match, James Wade goes head-to-head with Gary Anderson while unbeaten league leader Michael van Gerwen takes on Dutch rival Raymond van Barneveld.