Five players who can gatecrash the 2023 Premier League darts line-up
Another Premier League darts season is in the book following a gripping final between Michael van Gerwen and Joe Cullen.
In a thrilling affair, which went to a deciding leg, Cullen missed a dart to win it, with Van Gerwen taking advantage by sealing victory at his next visit. While the play-offs followed its usual format of two semi-finals and a final in one night, the rest of the season adopted a new system, with each night becoming a mini tournament of featuring quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final.
The format has attracted mixed reviews from players and fans but, aside from some potential mini tweaks, looks set to remain for 2023. But which eight players will make up the roster for the annual darting roadshow which will travel across the UK and include stops in Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany?
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A lot can happy between now and early February, when the next Premier League campaign is likely to start, with the bulk of TV majors taking place over the second half of the year.
With just eight spots available, competition for places will be fierce over the next six months. Aside of Gary Anderson, who finished bottom in 2022, you could make strong case for all of this year’s line-up figuring again, but variety is the spice of life and there are sure to be some new additions in 2023.
Here, Daily Star Sports picks out five players who could force their way into contention…
It would actually be a surprise if Cool Hand is not in the Premier League next year given his wonderful form which has seen him win three European Tour events so far this year.
Cool Hand was in the frame to be in the 2022 event and, as it stands, is one of the main contenders to break in for 2023.
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Van den Bergh, with his gregarious personality and positive outlook, in particularly would be a fabulous addition to the Premier League.
The Belgian’s interviews are a delight and the crowds will love the emotion he brings to the stage. Van den Bergh has also notched up some big wins this year, with back-to-back World Series titles in Denmark and the Netherlands. After his victory at the latter, Van den Bergh admitted winning majors – or at least a run to a final – is what he needs to land a Premier League spot, but you wouldn’t bet against him.
The second-best Dutch player on the planet behind Van Gerwen, Noppert has proved he can compete on the big stage and won the UK Open earlier this year.
Noppert has also performed well on the European Tour and at the recent World Cup of Darts, where the Netherlands reached the last four without Van Gerwen.
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Dirk van Duijvenbode
Another larger-than-life character, his dashes to the oche and gyrating on stage to European dance music would go down a storm with Premier League audiences.
He’s a handy player too, impressing on the European Tour and at the recent Dutch Masters. Van Duijvenbode also proved to be a more-than-able replacement after Van Gerwen withdrew from the World Cup due to his wrist operation.
After winning last year’s European Championship, Cross was left hugely disappointed to miss out on Premier League place, and with some justification. As a former world champion, Cross has graced the Premier League before and, like the aforementioned players above, will need a strong second half of the year. But he is more than capable of it.
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