Darts: Three players with everything to play for at the 2021 Premier League
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The 2021 Premier League starts tonight as ten of the best players the Darting world has to offer go head to head to try and qualify through the League phase for finals night and then try to scoop the title and the £250,000 that comes with it.

This year's Premier League will be a different spectacle to normal, without the possibility to play in big arenas in front of thousands of fans and will provide a challenge all too familiar to the players participating in this year's event.

Here are three players with everything to play for at this year's tournament.

(Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
(Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael Van Gerwen

Perhaps the easiest selection was the inclusion of Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen who desperately needs to spark his darting year into life.

The Green Machine is without a title so far in 2021 and has found silverware hard to come by since the start of 2021, with Peter Wright and the World Champion Gerwyn Price proving that they can match the levels of Van Gerwen.

A five-time winner of the Premier League to win it for the sixth time could be huge for Van Gerwen, as he desperately searches for a much-needed confidence boost to reignite his career.

(Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
(Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Glen Durrant 

After his mightily impressive performances to take the title towards the end of last year, Middlesbrough ace Glen Durrant has struggled to find form with COVID-19 and poor form being key factors in his miserable start to 2021.

But the familiarity of this tournament, where Duzza won his first and only PDC major title to date could be enough to spark him back towards his best form where is a very difficult man to beat.

The 50-year-old begins his title defence with a clash against Nathan Aspinall, in a repeat of last year's final and a victory here could put Durrant in good stead for an impressive campaign as he looks to rediscover his best form.

(Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
(Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross

Another player in desperate need of a good Premier League campaign is Hastings thrower Rob Cross, who faces the threat of falling out of the reckoning for appearances in the Premier League beyond this season.

Voltage gained automatic qualification for this tournament as he currently sits fourth in the World rankings, but with the 30-year-old defending prize money from his exploits in 2019, as he won the World Matchplay and the European Championship, he is currently in danger of a slide down the rankings.

Perhaps the threat of not appearing in this tournament in the future could be the scare that Cross needs as he goes in search of his first Premier League title, having come close in 2019 as he reached the final.