HE was brilliant in Belfast, now can Luke “The Nuke” Littler be marvellous in Manchester?

Warrington’s teenage darts sensation moves back towards home soil on Thursday as the PDC Premier League roadshow hits the AO Arena.

And he is aiming to keep the confidence flowing having picked up his first nightly win in Northern Ireland last week.

The quarter-finals see him take on Michael Van Gerwen, whom he beat 6-3 on the way to victory in Belfast last week, with a semi-final against either Nathan Aspinall or Rob Cross at stake.

Littler vs Van Gerwen is the second of the four quarter-finals, so will start at approx. 7.45pm.

PDC Premier League Darts, competing players

Luke Humphries, Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall, Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Luke Littler.

Schedule for PDC Premier League Darts Night 10, AO Arena, Manchester, live on Sky Sports, Thursday, April 4:

Quarter-final 1: Nathan Aspinall vs Rob Cross, 7.15pm

Quarter-final 2: Luke Littler vs Michael Van Gerwen, 7.45pm

Quarter-final 3: Michael Smith vs Luke Humphries, 8.15pm

Quarter-final 4: Gerwyn vs Peter Wright, 8.45pm

Semi-final 1: Winner of QF 1 v Winner of QF 2, 9.15pm

Semi-final 2: Winner of QF 3 v Winner of QF 4, 9.45pm

Final: Winner of SF1 v winner of SF 2, 10.30pm

What Luke Littler has said about Night 10 in Manchester:

“Winning in Belfast gave me a lot of confidence, and it certainly showed that practice does pay off."

“Obviously I’m not far from Manchester myself, and I’m a Manchester United fan, so it would mean the world to win in front of this crowd on Thursday.

“I know it will be tough. Michael brings the best out of me and I certainly bring the best out of him.

“We know he’s not on top form, but he’s always got those other gears to turn it on, so I'm just focused on winning my first game and trying to get some more points on the board."

Warrington Guardian: Littler takes on Michael Van Gerwen in the Night 10 quarter-finals in ManchesterLittler takes on Michael Van Gerwen in the Night 10 quarter-finals in Manchester (Image: PA Wire)

A reminder of what happened last week:

Results for PDC Premier League Darts Night 9, SSE Arena, Belfast, Thursday, March 28:


Luke Littler 6-5 Luke Humphries
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright 6-3 Rob Cross


Luke Littler 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Peter Wright


Luke Littler 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

PDC Premier League Order of Merit:

Warrington Guardian:


Format for PDC Premier League nights 2024:

Each night will see quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final played over the best of 11 legs (first to six).

Players will face each other twice in quarter-final ties throughout the season, with the fixtures being balanced for players to be in opposite halves of the draw in an equal number of weeks.

The fixtures for Night 8 and Night 16 will be based on the league table following Night 7 and Night 15 respectively.

The top four players from the final league table will progress to the Play-Offs, which will feature the semi-finals over the best of 19 legs and the final over the best of 21 legs.

The order of throw for all league night matches will be decided by a bull-off, which will be conducted beforehand in the practice room. For the Play-Offs, the semi-finals will see the higher-placed player from the final league table throw first, with a bull-off for the final.

League Points per Night:

Night Winner - 5 points + £10,000 bonus

Runner-Up - 3 points

Semi-Finalists - 2 points

Prize Fund:

Winner - £275,000

Runner-Up - £125,000

Semi-Finalists - £85,000 each

Fifth in League Table - £75,000

Sixth in League Table - £70,000

Seventh in League Table - £65,000

Eighth in League Table - £60,000

Nightly Winner Bonus - £10,000 x16

Total - £1,000,000

Schedule for remaining PDC Premier League Darts 2024, quarter final fixtures:

Night 10, Manchester, April 4: Aspinall v Cross, Littler v Van Gerwen, Smith v Humphries, Price v Wright.

Night 11, Birmingham, April 11: Wright v Humphries, Cross v Littler, Price v Smith, Van Gerwen v Aspinall.

Night 12, Rotterdam Ahoy, April 18: Smith v Littler, Cross v Price, Wright v Aspinall, Van Gerwen v Humphries.

Night 13, Liverpool, April 25: Littler v Price, Humphries v Aspinall, Wright v Van Gerwen, Smith v Cross.

Night 14, Aberdeen, May 2: Wright v Smith, Littler v Aspinall, Van Gerwen v Cross, Price v Humphries.

Night 15, Leeds, May 9: Van Gerwen v Price, Littler v Wright, Humphries v Cross, Aspinall v Smith.

Night 16, Sheffield, May 16: Fixtures confirmed following Night 15.

Play-Offs: The O2, London, May 23: The top four players after 16 nights.

Story of 2024 so far for Luke Littler:

PDC World Darts Championship runner-up

Bahrain Darts Masters Champion, including first leg nine-darter in quarter-final

Dutch Darts Masters runner-up

Premier League Night 1 (Cardiff) semi-finalist

Premier League Night 2 (Berlin) finalist

Players Championship 1 (Wigan) winner, including nine-darter in the last 32

Premier League Night 4 (Newcastle) semi-finalist

Premier League Night 5 (Exeter) semi-finalist

UK Open quarter-finalist

Premier League Night 6 (Brighton) semi-finalist

Belgian Darts Open Champion, including nine-darter in final

Premier League Night 7 (Nottingham) semi-finalist

Premier League Night 9 (Belfast) winner