Adrian Lewis plays Phil Taylor in Premier League opener

PDC world champion Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis beat Andy Hamilton to retain his PDC world title on 3 January

Two-time PDC world champion Adrian Lewis will play world number one Phil Taylor in the opening week of the 2012 Premier League in Manchester.

The Stoke-on-Trent duo will meet on 9 February in a repeat of the first fixture in the 2011 tournament.

On that occasion, Lewis beat Taylor 8-2 at the O2 Arena in London.

Gary Anderson, who beat Lewis in the final to win the Premier League last year, starts the defence of his title against debutant Kevin Painter.

Elsewhere, James Wade will play Andy Hamilton and Raymond van Barneveld takes on Simon Whitlock.

The eight players meet each other twice in the group stages, with the top four moving on to the play-offs at the O2 Arena on 17 May.

Taylor is a five-time winner of the Premier League, but his challenge in 2011 was ended by Lewis in the semi-finals at Wembley.

However, Lewis could not follow up his 8-3 victory over the 15-time world champion and was beaten 10-4 by Scotland's Anderson in the final later that evening.

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