Overview of Automatic and Wildcard Participants For 2020 Premier League

The 2020 Premier League Darts begins on February 6 where the world’s biggest darts stars will travel across Europe over a 16-week period, before the top four players in the standings compete in the play-offs at the O2 Arena in London.

World number one Michael van Gerwen received an automatic spot in the event. Mighty Mike has won this tournament for the last four years, while he was also successful in 2013. The Dutchman prevailed in six major events in 2019 but had to settle for the runner-up spot at the World Championship as he was beaten 7-3 by Peter Wright.

The reigning world champion, Wright, averaged 102.79 in that final against van Gerwen where he played tremendously well to capture his maiden world title. He will now be hoping to transfer that form to the 2020 Premier League.

Grand Slam of Darts winner Gerwyn Price will have been delighted with the way 2019 went for him. The Welshman had the best year of his career on the tour. Not only did he defend his title in the PDC major, but he also reached the final of the European Championship and Players Championship Finals.

Rob Cross will be hoping to make up for a disappointing World Championship when he returns for the new season. He was beaten in the second round at the Alexandra Palace by Kim Huybrechts. He did win the World Matchplay and European Championship in 2019, though, to guarantee his spot in the Premier League.

Wildcards include Aspinall and Durrant

Nathan Aspinall and Glen Durrant are two new additions to this year’s Premier League darts line-up. Both players were included as challengers in 2019; however, after the 12 months they have had, they have earned the right to have a regular spot.

Aspinall won the UK Open last March, his first major victory with the PDC. Former Lakeside winner, Durrant, reached three major semi-finals in his debut year on the tour, while he also prevailed in two Players Championship events.

Michael Smith, Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney are ranked fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, on the PDC Order of Merit and were all given wildcard spots.

Smith had a consistent 2019 without any major success. His highlight was finishing runner-up at the World Matchplay. Anderson returns to the Premier League after being forced to miss the tournament in 2019 due to injury. The Scotsman lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2015 but has not tasted PDC major success since 2018. The Northern Irishman Gurney reached three major semi-finals last year, and he is set to feature in the Premier League for the third straight year now.