Darts giants clash at Arena: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld

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GREAT rivals Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash when the McCoy’s Premier League Darts visits the Motorpoint Arena from 7pm tonight, as reigning champion Gary Anderson looks to double up in Sheffield.

Taylor and van Barneveld, who have won 20 World Championships and all of the game’s major honours between them in the past two decades, have been the Premier League’s most impressive performers in the opening nine weeks of this season.

Taylor is unbeaten and, with eight wins under his belt, has already secured his place in next month’s Play-Offs, while van Barneveld hit his highest-ever televised average of 112.28 in defeating Kevin Painter last week.

The Dutchman sits level with Simon Whitlock in second place in the league table, having won three of his last four games with a double against Kevin Painter and a win over reigning champion Gary Anderson.

Following his brilliant performance against Painter in Nottingham last week, he is now looking to defeat Taylor in a televised contest for the first time since 2008 when they clash in Sheffield.

“Phil raised the bar and I’m very proud to have hit my highest average on TV last week,” said van Barneveld.

Tonight’s matches: James Wade v Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter, Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld, Andy Hamilton v Gary Anderson.

Tickets: 0114 256 56 56 or www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk

The event will be shown on Sky Sports HD1.