Champions League of Darts

Yes, we may still be a few months away from the Champions League of Darts, but much like the Champions League in football, the groupings are almost as exciting as the oche action.

This year, the Champions League of darts will be shown on free-to-air BBC once again and it is the only PDC event to be shown across free TV.

Something of a coup for darts fans then who do not have a Sky Sports subscription and the reason why despite its non-ranking status the tournament is viewed as a big one among players.

It is also a huge competition among the crowd too as the event is famous for offering a shared crowd prize of £100,000 if there is a nine-dart-finish (we are still waiting for that to happen in the tournaments three-year-history).

So, with so much at stake not just for the players but also the fans, who in the world’s top eight have been drawn against who?

The top eight players in the PDC ranking are split into two groups of four with group A looking like this:

Group A

Defending champions Gary Anderson will go toe to toe with world number one Michael van Gerwen in what promises to be a mouth-watering clash of the titans.

2019 World Championship runner-up also joins group A alongside veteran thrower James Wade in a scintillating group.

Group B

Former World Champion Rob Cross is the headline act in group B but on form man Peter Snakebite Wright will eye progression.

As will the supremely talented pair of Gerwyn Price and Darryl Gurney who complete a group that is anyone’s for the taking.

The Champions League of darts takes place in Leicester this year over two days from the 19th October.

The top two from each group in a round-robin format progress to the semi-final and the winner of the last four contests will battle it out to be crowned Champions League winner 2019.

It may still be some way away, but you will not want to miss the top eight darts players in the world go toe to toe.