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Simon Whitlock could seal his place in the McCoy’s Premier League Play-Offs on Thursday, if he can get a positive result against Phil Taylor, in a top of the table clash at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Photo: Lawerence Lustig/PDC

Whitlock is second in the table with 14 points after claiming three successive victories. If ‘The Wizard’ manages to extend his excellent run of form with a win against Taylor, who has already qualified for the semi-finals, he would guarantee his place at London’s O2 Arena in May.

He said: “I’m not satisfied with my points total just yet. 14 might be enough to make the Play-Offs in the end, but I want another two or four points out of the last three matches.

“It’s going to be very difficult against Phil so if I can get a draw or a win, that would be absolutely brilliant.”

Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade are also hoping to boost their chances of reaching the final four.

Photo: Lawerence Lustig/PDC

‘Barney’ is looking to catapult himself back into the top four when he faces Andy Hamilton. The Dutchman is fifth with ten points, while ‘The Hammer’ must get a result to stay in contention.

Van Barneveld, who was beaten by Whitlock last week, knows he has an important night ahead.

“Last week’s result doesn’t change anything for me,” said ‘Barney’. “Even if I’d won I think I had to win in Liverpool and also another game after that so I’ll try to do my best against Andy.

“Last week wasn’t my night and it was disappointing for me. I didn’t score like I can do and Simon played well, he hit some crucial finishes and I missed too many doubles.”

Wade, who is third in the table, can move onto 13 points if he beats Kevin Painter. ‘The Artist’ needs to avoid defeat to keep his Play-Off hopes alive.

In the night’s other match, Adrian Lewis, who sits in fourth place, takes on reigning champion Gary Anderson, who must win to hang on to any hopes of retaining his title.

By Chris Murphy

Latest League Table

P W D L +/- Pts
Phil Taylor 11 9 1 1 +39 19
Simon Whitlock 11 6 2 3 +6 14
James Wade 11 5 1 5 +1 11
Adrian Lewis 11 4 3 4 -1 11
Raymond van Barneveld 11 4 2 5 -11 10
Kevin Painter 11 4 0 7 -10 8
Andy Hamilton 11 2 4 5 -11 8
Gary Anderson 11 3 1 7 -13 7

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