Wade: 'No one wants to play me at the moment'

James Wade

James Wade believes he is a man to be avoided heading into Night 13 of the Cazoo Premier League at the OVO Arena in Glasgow on Thursday.

Wade will face Jonny Clayton in a repeat of last week's final, which Wade came from behind to win 6-5 and double his tally of night wins.

A record-breaking night in Dublin saw Wade produce some of the best darts of his 21-year career, seeing off Michael van Gerwen in a pulsating quarter-final before setting a personal record average of 114.73 to beat Gerwyn Price in the semi-finals.

With four league phase nights left to play, Wade is in third place and on course to reach the Play-Offs as he seeks a second Premier League title, 13 years after his first.

"I'm mixing it with the best dart players in the world and when you're beating them it's a nice feeling," said Wade.

"If I dig in and do what I do and have a good scrap, there's no one who wants to play a close game of darts against me.

"They know what I can do and they know I'm going to make the most of my opportunities.

"I believe the other players are all quite wary of me at the moment and I'm far happier with my position in the tournament than a lot of them.

"I know how good I am, I know I'm just as good as all of them, if not better at times.

"If you constantly battle away and put yourself in the position to win games, you will get the rewards."

The quarter-finals will also see Peter Wright and Gary Anderson face-off in an all-Scottish tie, with Anderson desperate for points to keep his Play-Off hopes alive.

Price and Michael Smith meet in another crucial game in the race for the Play-Offs, while Van Gerwen begins his bid for a fourth night win against Joe Cullen.

Coverage will be broadcast from 1900 BST through Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland, through the PDC's global broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay and through PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.

2022 Cazoo Premier League
Night 13 - OVO Arena, Glasgow
Thursday May 5

Peter Wright v Gary Anderson
Jonny Clayton v James Wade
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Joe Cullen

Wright/Anderson v Clayton/Wade
Price/Smith v Van Gerwen/Cullen


Cazoo Premier League Table

Each night will see quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final played over the best of 11 legs (first to six). In all fixtures, the player named on the left of the draw will throw first in the opening leg, with the throw alternating from then on.
Each player will meet the other seven players twice over the course of the season in a quarter-final game, plus two further nights will feature additional fixtures in the same format.

League Points
Night Winner - 5 points + £10,000 bonus
Runner-Up - 3 points
Semi-Finalists - 2 points

Prize Fund
Winner £275,000
Runner-Up £125,000
Semi-Finalists £85,000 each
Fifth in League Table £75,000
Sixth in League Table £70,000
Seventh in League Table £65,000
Eighth in League Table £60,000
Nightly Winner Bonus £10,000 x16
Total £1,000,000