HUMPHRIES & LITTLER TO COLLIDE ON NIGHT ONE OF BETMGM PREMIER LEAGUE IN CARDIFF
Luke Humphries and Luke Littler will lock horns in a repeat of the World Championship final on the opening night of the BetMGM Premier League on February 1, with each night's opening fixtures now confirmed.
The BetMGM Premier League will see eight of the sport’s top stars contesting 16 mini-events during the season, with each league night comprising quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final over the best of 11 legs.
The 2024 season begins at Cardiff's Utilita Arena on February 1, with the opening night’s quarter-finals headlined by a blockbuster showdown between World Champion Humphries and teenage sensation Littler.
Humphries prevailed in a record-breaking World Championship final on January 3, and the world number one will make his fully-fledged Premier League debut against the World Youth Champion.
Home hero Gerwyn Price will also take centre stage in Cardiff, as he plays World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall in a repeat of last year’s decider in the Welsh capital.
Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen faces 2023 World Champion Michael Smith in the evening’s third quarter-final, as the Dutch superstar begins his bid for a record-extending eighth Premier League crown.
Meanwhile, in the opening match of the tournament, former finalists Rob Cross and Peter Wright will go head-to-head in a battle of the World Champions.
Night Two will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on February 8, as Van Gerwen and Aspinall open the show in the German capital, while Humphries and Wright also collide.
Wright will headline Night Three at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro when he faces his old adversary Van Gerwen, while Littler makes his debut on Scottish soil against Price.
The Welshman will also star on Night Four at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena on Thursday February 22, as he takes on Van Gerwen in a repeat of last year’s final.
Night Five will then see the world's top two go head-to-head as Humphries meets Van Gerwen, while Littler is pitted against Smith in the fourth quarter-final of the evening at the Westpoint Exeter.
The sport’s biggest roadshow continues with Night Six on March 7 in Brighton, where Humphries and Price renew their rivalry in a repeat of October’s World Grand Prix decider.
Van Gerwen and Littler will clash on Night Seven in Nottingham on Thursday March 14, which also features a battle between the most recent World Champions, as Humphries faces Smith.
Quarter-final figures for 14 of the 16 league nights are listed below in draw bracket order, with fixtures for Night Eight and Night 16 set to be determined by league standings heading into each night.
All matches will be played over the best of 11 legs, with a £10,000 bonus on offer to each night's winner.
Ranking points will also be awarded each night - with five to the winner, three to the runner-up and two to the semi-finalists - to form the league table from which the top four players will progress to the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 23.
The 2024 BetMGM Premier League will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.
2024 BetMGM Premier League Fixtures
Night One - Utilita Arena, Cardiff
Thursday February 1
Peter Wright v Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
Luke Littler v Luke Humphries
Night Two - Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Thursday February 8
Nathan Aspinall v Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Luke Littler v Rob Cross
Luke Humphries v Peter Wright
Night Three - OVO Hydro, Glasgow
Thursday February 15
Rob Cross v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Nathan Aspinall v Luke Humphries
Gerwyn Price v Luke Littler
Night Four - Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Thursday February 22
Michael Smith v Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross v Luke Humphries
Peter Wright v Luke Littler
Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen
Night Five - Westpoint Exeter
Thursday February 29
Luke Humphries v Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall v Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross
Luke Littler v Michael Smith
Night Six – The Brighton Centre
Thursday March 7
Luke Humphries v Gerwyn Price
Rob Cross v Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall v Luke Littler
Michael Smith v Peter Wright
Night Seven - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Thursday March 14
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
Luke Humphries v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Luke Littler
Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall
Night Eight - 3Arena, Dublin
Thursday March 21
Fixtures confirmed following Night Seven
Night Nine - SSE Arena, Belfast
Thursday March 28
Luke Humphries v Luke Littler
Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall v Gerwyn Price
Rob Cross v Peter Wright
Night Ten - AO Arena, Manchester
Thursday April 4
Nathan Aspinall v Rob Cross
Luke Littler v Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith v Luke Humphries
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
Night 11 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Thursday April 11
Peter Wright v Luke Humphries
Rob Cross v Luke Littler
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall
Night 12 - Rotterdam Ahoy
Thursday April 18
Michael Smith v Luke Littler
Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen v Luke Humphries
Night 13 - M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Thursday April 25
Luke Littler v Gerwyn Price
Luke Humphries v Nathan Aspinall
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith v Rob Cross
Night 14 - P&J Live, Aberdeen
Thursday May 2
Peter Wright v Michael Smith
Luke Littler v Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price v Luke Humphries
Night 15 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thursday May 9
Michael van Gerwen v Gerwyn Price
Luke Littler v Peter Wright
Luke Humphries v Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith
Night 16 - Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Thursday May 16
Fixtures confirmed following Night 15
Play-Offs - The O2, London
Thursday May 23