ST HELENS throwers Michael Smith and Dave Chisnall will both feature in the Unibet Masters later this month.

They will feature with the world’s fellow top 14 players at Arena MK in Milton Keynes from January 26-28, live on ITV4.

Both will play on the opening night.

Chisnall will open the competition against 2015 finalist Raymond van Barneveld at 7pm, with Smith scheduled to play in the next game against Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic.

If Smith progresses, he could face a world championships rematch with Rob Cross.

Peter Wright or Alan Norris would be up next for Chisnall if he gets through.

The first night’s opening two games will be followed by newly crowned world champion and number three seed Cross’ clash with Ian White, before the night’s session will conclude with world number two Wright squaring up to Norris.

World number one Michael Van Gerwen has claimed the title for the past three years – defeating Gary Anderson in a brilliant final 12 months ago – and will be aiming to retain the trophy and claim the £60,000 top prize.

Top seed Van Gerwen will open his challenge against Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts on the Saturday, as the top half of the draw take to the Arena MK stage.

Anderson, the number four seed, will play Dutch ace Benito van de Pas, while World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney makes his Masters debut against Gerwyn Price and Simon Whitlock plays 2014 champion James Wade.

The tournament concludes on Sunday, January 28, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session and the semi-finals and final in the evening session at Arena MK.

Tickets for the 2018 Unibet Masters are available now, either online at or by calling 0844 871 8807.

Qualifiers and seedings: 1 Michael van Gerwen; 2 Peter Wright; 3 Rob Cross; 4 Gary Anderson; 5 Daryl Gurney; 6 Mensur Suljovic; 7 Dave Chisnall; 8 Simon Whitlock; 9 James Wade; 10 Raymond van Barneveld; 11 Michael Smith; 12 Gerwyn Price; 13 Benito van de Pas; 14 Ian White; 15 Alan Norris; 16 Kim Huybrechts.

Draw bracket: (1) Michael van Gerwen v (16) Kim Huybrechts; (8) Simon Whitlock v (9) James Wade; (5) Daryl Gurney v (12) Gerwyn Price (4) Gary Anderson v (13) Benito van de Pas; (2) Peter Wright v (15) Alan Norris; (7) Dave Chisnall v (10) Raymond van Barneveld; (6) Mensur Suljovic v (11) Michael Smith; (3) Rob Cross v (14) Ian White.

Schedule of Play: Friday, January 26 (7pm): First round: Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld, Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith, Rob Cross v Ian White, Peter Wright v Alan Norris Saturday, January 27 (7pm): First Round: Simon Whitlock v James Wade, Daryl Gurney v Gerwyn Price, Gary Anderson v Benito van de Pas, Michael van Gerwen v Kim Huybrechts.

Sunday, January 28: Afternoon session: Peter Wright/Alan Norris v Dave Chisnall/Raymond van Barneveld, Mensur Suljovic/Michael Smith v Rob Cross/Ian White, Daryl Gurney/Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson/Benito van de Pas, Michael van Gerwen/Kim Huybrechts v Simon Whitlock/James Wade Evening session (7pm): Semi-finals, final.