Michael van Gerwen - Unibet Champions League of Darts (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Van Gerwen Odds-On In Cardiff

Paddy Power Champions League

Sep 11 2017
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is the odds-on favourite to win the 2017 Unibet Champions League of Darts.

Stunning Taylor's Champions League Glory

Paddy Power Champions League

Sep 24 2016
PHIL TAYLOR was crowned as the first Unibet Champions League of Darts winner with a brilliant 11-5 win over Michael van Gerwen in Sunday's final at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
Michael Smith (Unibet)

New Guinness World Record For Smith!

Paddy Power Champions League

Sep 24 2016
THE world's top eight darts players battled it out to set a new Guinness World Records title at the Unibet Champions League of Darts - with Michael Smith left celebrating as he set a high score of 581 points in a minute.

Unibet Champions League - Day One

Paddy Power Champions League

Sep 24 2016
PHIL TAYLOR qualified for the Unibet Champions League of Darts semi-finals and ended Michael van Gerwen's winning streak with a sensational win over the world number one on Saturday, as Gary Anderson picked up two victories on the opening day in Cardiff.

Unibet Champions League Preview

Paddy Power Champions League

Sep 23 2016
THE inaugural Unibet Champions League of Darts begins on Saturday, as the world's top eight players do battle across the weekend at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in the PDC's first tournament televised by the BBC.

THE 2019 Paddy Power Champions League of Darts will take place from October 19-20 live on BBC Sport from the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

The world's top eight players as of July 28 will compete across four sessions, with a round-robin group stage followed by the semi-finals and final on Sunday evening.

GROUP A
Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith
Gary Anderson
James Wade

GROUP B
Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price

2019 Paddy Power Champions League of Darts
Saturday October 19
Afternoon Session (1315 BST start)

4x Group matches
Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright (Group B)
Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price (Group B)
Michael Smith v Gary Anderson (Group A)
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade (Group A)
Table seat tickets £26
Tiered seat tickets £21

Evening Session (1830 start)
4x Group matches
Table seat tickets £31
Tiered seat tickets £26

Sunday October 20
Afternoon Session (1300 start)

4x Group matches
Table seat tickets £26
Tiered seat tickets £21

Evening Session (1830 start)
Semi-Finals & Final
Table seat tickets £31
Tiered seat tickets £26

Tickets are sold subject to standard PDC Terms & Conditions as displayed at www.pdc.tv/tickets.

2018 Report

GARY ANDERSON lifted the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts title for the first time with an 11-4 victory over Peter Wright in the final in Brighton on Sunday.

The two-time World Champion made it four televised titles for the year thanks to a series of spectacular displays throughout the weekend at The Brighton Centre as he clinched the £100,000 top prize.

Anderson avenged his 2017 Champions League final defeat to Mensur Suljovic with an 11-4 triumph in the semi-final before seeing off his fellow Scot by the same scoreline in the final.

Having survived two missed match darts against Michael van Gerwen in their final group game earlier in the day which would have eliminated the World Matchplay winner, Anderson recovered to fire in three ten-darters during a dominant display in the final.

"I'm over the moon to win, it was a hard weekend and I struggled at times but came good in the end," said Anderson, who has also won the UK Open, World Matchplay and US Darts Masters in 2018.

"I just turn up and play my game but it's going alright so far this year. It's been a good weekend."

Anderson also landed seven perfect darts in his bid for a nine-darter which would have earned the Brighton crowd a share of a £50,000 prize offered by sponsors Paddy Power.

"I had a good go at the nine-darter, I really tried for the fans all weekend," he added. "Now I'm looking forward to having a few days at home - my little man [son Tai] will love this trophy!"

Anderson flew out of the blocks in the final, breaking the Wright throw three times as he raced into a commanding 6-1 lead.

Wright, who came from 8-5 down to defeat Van Gerwen 11-9 in the semis, fought hard to stay in the game but a 4-7 deficit was as close as he came to halting his World Cup of Darts teammate's march to glory.

Anderson reeled off the next four legs in typically quick fashion, ending the game with three ten-dart legs and a 65% checkout rate to land his maiden Champions League title.

Despite falling at the final hurdle, it was a positive weekend for Wright, who had previously failed to make it out of the group stage in the previous two years of the event.

"I think I just ran out of steam," Wright admitted. "I played really well but I had nothing left in the final.

"Gary is the man to beat at the moment and I believe I lost to the best player of the weekend.

"It was a pleasure to play in front of such an amazing crowd."

Sunday afternoon's final group matches had seen Wright join Suljovic in progressing from Group B with a 10-3 win over World Champion Rob Cross.

A disappointed Cross said: "I didn't play anywhere near my best. I was so determined to play well but it didn't happen for me.

"It wasn't good enough this weekend and I've got to take it on the chin. We've got lots of big events coming up and I know what I've got to work on to put it right."

Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney, meanwhile, agonisingly missed out in Group A, with his 10-7 win over Dave Chisnall coming in vain when Anderson edged past Van Gerwen by taking out 140 in the deciding leg of their contest.

Gurney conceded: "I couldn't have done much more. I gave it my all and to win two games out of three in a group like that is a good achievement."