Premier League Darts: Chris Dobey is on cloud nine after Belfast win but he also has Wembley on mind | Darts News
Chris Dobey is still above cloud nine after his incredible debut win in Belfast;Cardiff’s International Arena hosts the second of 17 individual venues from Thursday, February 9 with The O2’s return to The O2 knockout round in London on Thursday, May 25.
Last Updated: 05/02/23 6:13 pm
Chris Dobey is “living the dream” after an impressive win on his Premier League debut in Belfast but Newcastle United fans also have Wembley in mind.
Dobey – full-time Premier League debut – beat favorite Peter Wright, Nathan Aspinall and Michael van Gerwen for a perfect start to this year’s roadshow at SSE Arena.
Thrower Bedlington enjoyed a turbulent week, celebrating his first TV title at the Masters last weekend, earning him a spot on this year’s all-star squad.
Dobey, 32, then watched his beloved Newcastle United side reach their first domestic cup final in 24 years in the Carabao Cup, before he scooped up a £10,000-a-night bonus after his feats in Belfast.
“I’ve had worse weeks, that’s for sure,” joked Dobey, who takes on Gerwyn Price on Monday Night in Cardiff.
“I’m very happy to be on the pitch here and win the first night. It shows where my level is and I’m happy with the way I’m playing.
“I’m a pretty confident player anyway, but last week’s win gave me another confidence.
“I know I can win on the big stage now and I proved it on Thursday night. I’ve won three of the biggest bets in the game – I’m living the dream! “
Dobey, who stood out as a ‘challenge’ in 2019 and 2020, believes it’s important to get off to a strong start to his campaign.
“It means a lot. It’s huge,” added Dobey, who will arrive in the Welsh capital after a streak of eight consecutive wins.
“I believed I should have gone to the Masters, but it proved all those doubts wrong and I showed that I can win against the best in the world.
“I didn’t have anything to prove to myself because I knew I was capable, I knew I could win and I stood up and got the job done.”
Dobey also hopes his beloved Newcastle United side can win their first trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup when they take on Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley at the end of February.
“I’ll be at Wembley. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. It doesn’t matter how much money we have, how they play, anything can happen so I’ll make the most of the opportunity. that association,” said Dobey.
With the Wembley fixture already fixed, Dobey is also looking forward to his return to his hometown at the Utilita Arena on March 23 as we step into Mark Knopfler’s legendary ‘Local Hero’. .
“It’s something I’ve got on my calendar, playing in front of my home crowd. I just watched my opening game at Newcastle as a Candidate and it gave me shivers. It had to be done! crowd! The crowd will be noisy and I want to give something back.
“If they win the cup, I’ll call the whole team to come watch me play.”
Night Monday – Thursday, February 9
Cardiff International Arena
Michael Smith vs Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall vs Peter Wright
Price Gerwyn vs Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Smith/Clayton vs Aspinall/Wright
Price/Dobey vs Van Gerwen/Van den Bergh
All matches are the best of 11 feet
English Premier League Fixtures 2023
|night 2||Cardiff International Arena||February 9|
|night 3||OVO Hydropower, Glasgow||February 16|
|night 4||Arena 3, Dublin||February 23|
|night 5||Westpoint Exeter||March 2|
|night 6||Brighton Center||March 9|
|Night 7||Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham||March 16|
|night 8||Utilita Stadium, Newcastle||March 23|
|night 9||Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin||March 30|
|10 night||Utilita Arena, Birmingham||April 6|
|night 11||M&S Bank Stadium, Liverpool||April 13|
|night 12||Rotterdam Ahoy||April 20|
|night 13||The first live arena, Leeds||April 27|
|night 14||AO Arena, Manchester||May 4|
|Night 15||Utilita Arena, Sheffield||May 11|
|Night 16||Directly P&J, Aberdeen||May 18|
|Play-off||O2, London||May 25|
We’ll be back to watch more Premier League Darts matches from Cardiff International Arena on Thursday, 9 February – live on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 7:30 pm.