The 2021 Unibet Premier League of Darts will see ten of the world’s best players come head-to-head each week in a race to finish in the top four of the table.
The season was set to start on February 4th in Cardiff but has been put on hold as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place across Britain. The PDC are hoping that they can start the season during Easter and are hopeful that it will be possible to have fans present at the various arenas across Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands and Germany.
There are seven returning competitors from the 2020 Premier League, with Michael Van Gerwen, new world champion Gerwyn Price, Nathan Aspinall, Glen Durrant, Gary Anderson, Rob Cross and Peter Wright all taking to the oche.
World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh and Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa will debut this year and make up two of the remaining three places. The final player has not yet been confirmed, leaving it open for a number of players to secure their spot in the tournament by starting 2021 in fine fashion.
This year’s competition will see a return to the ten-player league that had been in place up to 2018 and an end to the challenger format used in the last two instalments of the competition. The bottom two players will be eliminated after week 9.
The top four players after the final week (week 16) will then enter the play-offs where the semi-finals and final will take place to crown the Premier League champion.
The 2020 season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic but eventually saw Glen Durrant win the title after he defeated Nathan Aspinall in the final.