Dave Chisnall goes for Premier League glory

Dave Chisnall is all set for the Premier League play-offs. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Dave Chisnall is all set for the Premier League play-offs. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dave Chisnall goes for Premier League glory at London’s O2 Arena on Thursday night.

The four-month battle to become the 2015 champion will conclude as Chisnall, Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld contest the play-offs.

Dave Chisnall, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dave Chisnall, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Following a 15-night league season which began with 10 players in Leeds in February, the top four stars progress to compete in the semi-finals and final.

Chisnall has been the season’s shooting star in only his second Premier League campaign, having landed more 180s (62) and ton-plus checkouts (17) than any of his rivals.

The 2014 Grand Slam of Darts runner-up was one of the outsiders to lift the title at the start of the year but finished second in the table and now takes on Anderson in the night’s first last four contest as he looks to lift his first PDC major.

He said: “I’m very proud.

“I’ve done myself justice because people wrote me off at the beginning of the season but I’ve proved them wrong all year.

“I’ve got nothing to lose and there’s no pressure on me, so I can look forward to it.

“I know what I can do, which is play like I have done for the last 14 or 15 weeks - when it goes it’s good and it’s all good at the moment.”

Chisnall had won 7-2 and 7-3 against Anderson in their two league meetings, but added: “I played well in the two games against Gary but I can’t think about those games because Gary’s the World Champion.

“I’ve got to take my game up there and do what I do.

“I know I can beat anybody so it’s just about producing the goods at the right time, and hopefully on Thursday I’ll do that because it would mean a huge amount to win this tournament.”

Dutch rivals world number one van Gerwen and reigning Premier League champion van Barneveld meet in the other semi-final in a repeat of last year’s final.

The best of 19-leg semi-finals with then be followed by a 21-leg final as the coveted trophy and a £200,000 first prize is awarded.

Coverage is live on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm.