World Champion Michael Smith looks to get his first points in this year’s Premier League when he faces Welshman Jonny Clayton in Cardiff tomorrow night (February 9).

The World Number One succumbed to a 6-3 defeat to Michael van Gerwen last week in the quarterfinal.

The St Helens star averaged 100.84 in a rematch of the World Championship final.

Smith had a poor Premier League campaign last year and is looking to make the play-offs for the first time since 2018.

Jonny Clayton is also looking for his first points of the campaign.

He lost 6-2 last week in the quarterfinal to Dimitri van den Bergh, despite averaging 101.04.

Jonny Clayton throws a dart. Credit: Sandro Halank Creative commons licence
Jonny Clayton faces Michael Smith in Cardiff tomorrow night. Credit: Sandro Halank Creative commons licence

The Ferret got the better of Smith in last year’s Premier League. The pair played each other seven times with Clayton winning four matches.

Clayton has also won the last three meetings against The Bully Boy, but the two haven’t clashed since August.

The winner of this tie will face either Peter Wright or Nathan Aspinall in the semi-final.

Wright averaged 103.77 last week but 33.33% on the doubles allowed Chris Dobey to beat Snakebite 6-3 in the quarterfinal.

Aspinall made it to the semi-final last week but also lost to the eventual winner Dobey.

In the other half of the draw, Chris Dobey clashes with Gerwyn Price.

Price has never made the play-offs in the Premier League and has yet to get a point this year after losing to Aspinall last week.

The final game of the quarterfinal sees Michael van Gerwen take on Dimitri van den Bergh. MVG defeated the Belgian 6-4 in last week’s semi-final with a 106 average.

You can watch the PDC Premier League Thursday, 9th February at 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena.