Adrian Lewis confident ahead of new Premier League Darts campaign

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Stoke-on-Trent darts champion Adrian Lewis is confident of winning this year’s PDC Premier League Darts tournament.

But Lewis, the world number four, told StaffsLive he will need to improve his consistency if he is to have a chance.

‘Jackpot’ Lewis was speaking two days before the first round of matches at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

He said: “I’ve got to be a lot more consistent this campaign if I’m going to win.”

Lewis takes on Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld, who is currently ranked number ten in the world, in his opening match.

He will be hoping to improve on his sixth place finish last season.

Burslem-born world number two Phil “The Power” Taylor faces Scotland’s world number 3, Gary Anderson.

Taylor finished third last season, after being beaten in the play-off by van Barneveld.

The ten-player tournament, broadcast live on Sky Sports, takes place on 16 successive Thursday nights between February 5 and May 21.

The action continues across the country including at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on February 19 and Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on March 12.

Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena hosts ‘Judgement Night’ which sees the bottom two players relegated from the league on April 2.

The remaining eight players face each other over the final six league nights including at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on April 9 and Birmingham’s NIA on April 30.

The top four players then progress to the playoffs at the O2 Arena in London on May 21.

Information about tickets and fixtures can be found at www.pdc.tv

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