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Simon Whitlock will be aiming to stay at the summit of the McCoy’s Premier League on Thursday, when he takes on Kevin Painter at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.

‘The Wizard’ has picked up a draw and a win so far, to leave himself top of the table heading into the third night of action.

James Wade, who was beaten by Whitlock last week, hopes to return to form when he takes on reigning champion Gary Anderson.

Raymond van Barneveld takes on his old rival Phil Taylor in the final match of the night. ‘Barney’ is looking to extend his unbeaten run, having drawn his first two matches.

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The Dutchman has started off the tournament in fine form. He averaged over 102 on the opening night in Manchester two weeks ago, and the five-time world champion will hope to build on his encouraging start.

The evening’s other match sees Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton go head to head in a repeat of the World Championship Final.

Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter (game one)

James Wade v Gary Anderson (game three)

Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor (game four)

By Chris Murphy

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