By News Team
21st April 2020
The PDC Tour is up and running and has started with a bang.
World champion Peter Wright and world number three Gerwyn Price both missed out on topping their groups last week and more big names will be looking to avoid that very same fate as the competition continues to unfold.
Below we look at the next four groups to have been announced by the PDC – groups five to eight – with each group’s respective fixtures taking place from Tuesday to Friday.
Group Five: Petersen to continue his form?
Devon Petersen showed his class when winning the first event under this format earlier this month and the South African comes into this competition in fine form, boasting a 98.46 average so far in 2019, only being topped by Michael van Gerwen, Price, Wright and Ian White.
After his previous success in this format, Petersen will be the man to beat in Group Five, where he will be up against Luke Humphries, Joe Murnan and PDC newcomer Nick Kenny on Tuesday.
‘Cool Hand’ Luke was the first challenger to win a Premier League match when beating Gary Anderson in Exeter last month, and last year won his first World Youth Championship title. Many will be looking at Humphries to top the group as he’s had a string of positive results in events and is constantly improving his game.
It should be close between Humphries and Petersen, but based on current form, it will be tough to beat the latter.
Group Six: Searle set to rock Wade’s world?
Group Six on Wednesday is all set to be a cracker. James Wade, whose CV includes a Premier League title, a Matchplay title, multiple World Grand Prixs and a number of UK Opens among other major honours, will be looking to top the group.
We also have Ryan Searle, who is constantly improving and won his first PDC title when besting none other than Van Gerwen at the Players Championship 3 in Wigan this year. Searle brings something different to darts – he’s a humble character who can come across as relatively shy on the microphone but is a different man altogether when he’s thumping his 32 gram (yes, 32 gram) darts into the lipstick.
These two men will also be joined by longstanding PDC competitor Adrian Gray (remember his thrilling upset against Phil Taylor?) and ‘X-Factor’ Andy Boulton.
Many fans have been excited about Wade in this competition and it will not be surprising if he tops this group, but the new kid on the block Searle might just pip him. His rise up the PDC rankings has been great to watch and he will still be on a high from winning his first title earlier this year.
Group Seven: Klaasen to edge tight group
Jelle Klaasen headlines Group Seven and the former BDO world champion will be joined by Gabriel Clemens, Ryan Meikle and Gavin Carlin in what looks to be a group where anyone could pinch a result.
Former Premier League player Klaasen recently returned to form with a fantastic stint at the UK Open, which saw him reach his first quarter-final since 2016. He stated after the tournament that his confidence was growing, and what better way to mark that by topping the group here on Thursday?
Group Eight: Clayton tipped to advance
Friday’s Group Eight, meanwhile, includes Jonny Clayton, Adam Hunt, Richard North and David Pallett.
World number 15 Clayton has enjoyed a great start to 2020, reaching the semi-finals of the UK Open, where he looked nearly unstoppable, while he also reached the quarter-finals of the Masters a few weeks prior to that.
Clayton will be desperate to continue his string of good performances by avoiding an upset here and will be favourite to top the group.