- Luke Littler lost to Luke Humphries in the World Championship final this month
- He will get the chance for revenge on the opening night of the Premier League
- Littler won his first tournament since the World Championship in Bahrain
Luke Littler will get the chance to avenge his World Championship final defeat to Luke Humphries when he faces him on his Premier League debut in Cardiff next week.
Littler pocketed £200,000 thanks to his run to the final at Alexandra Palace, but came up short against the World No1 Humphries, who won the final five sets to claim a 7-4 victory.
The 17-year-old prodigy had chances to take the contest all the way, but his finishing in the closing stages proved costly and allowed Humphries to pull clear.
Less than one month after that loss, Littler will be looking to reverse the scoreline on a night that will see eight of the world’s best players all in action, and is already relishing the challenge after hailing Humphries as ‘the man to beat’ in darts right now.
‘[Humphries] has been unbelievable. That is why he has won a world title and why he went on a 20-game winning streak,’ Littler said.
Luke Littler had a fairytale run to the World Championship final earlier this month
He lost in agonising fashion to Luke Humphries in the final at Alexandra Palace
Littler and Humphries will meet again on the opening night of the Premier League next week
‘So now he’s the man to beat – and all the focus will be coming on to him. Hopefully the World Championship won’t be the last time we meet in a major final – and if it is me and Luke in every final, that would still be good.’
Littler returned to action in sensational fashion last week by winning the Bahrain Masters, beating Nathan Aspinall, Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen to seal his first senior PDC title.
Littler began his quarter-final against Aspinall with his first televised nine-darter, and looked like he’d never been away, but later revealed he hadn’t picked up a dart since the World Championship final three weeks earlier.
Meanwhile, Humphries was beaten by Price at the quarter-final stage, ending his 20-match winning streak.
Littler pocketed £20,000 by winning the Bahrain Masters and will be in action again this week at the Dutch Masters, which takes place on Friday and Saturday.
Littler, who turned 17 this week, won his first senior PDC title at the Bahrain Masters
The opening Premier League night in Cardiff will also see former world champions Peter Wright and Rob Cross face each other, followed by Price against Aspinall and Van Gerwen taking on Michael Smith in a rematch of the 2023 World Championship final.
The winners of the four quarter-finals will then face each other in two semi-finals, with a final then deciding the winner on the night, ensuring that every match counts.
The competition is played across 16 weeks until May 16, before the top four go through to the play-offs at London’s O2 Arena on May 23.