Michael van Gerwen rarely lacks confidence (Picture: Getty Images)Michael van Gerwen is looking for revenge over Daryl Gurney in the Premier League on Thursday night and he has vowed to find it in Manchester.
Mighty Mike is back at the top of the Premier League table having spent some time away from the summit – a most unusual feeling for the man who has finished top of the league each of the last six years.
The world number one’s troubles earlier in the campaign were partially down to Gurney who beat him 7-5 in Berlin in week seven.
Superchin’s victory in Germany made it two televised wins over Van Gerwen on the spin, after his Players Championship Finals triumph in November, but the Dutchman has no intention of suffering a hat-trick of losses.
‘He’s not going to beat me again,’ said Van Gerwen.
‘If I play like I did in Berlin against him, he can beat me again but if I play like I have been recently, he won’t beat me.’
Daryl Gurney has beaten MVG already this campaign (Picture: Michael Cooper)Van Gerwen was a long way from his blistering best when they played in Germany, averaging 98.54 – excellent for most, but poor for the world champion.
However, four wins and two draws since then have seen him re-ascend the Premier League mountain and he has his eyes on finals night at The O2 later this month.
‘I want to make sure I’m in the Play-Offs but I’m feeling confident about my game at the moment,’ continued Van Gerwen.
‘I had a good game with James Wade [a 7-7 draw] last week and I did well at the weekend in Germany. It would be great to win in Manchester because I want to keep up this form now going to the Play-Offs.’
Gurney has enjoyed his recent success over the world number one, but knows full well the task in hand in Manchester does not get any easier.
‘Unless you’re playing your A+ game you’re going to get beaten, so it’s an easy game to work out, said Gurney.
‘Michael knows I can beat him now and I’m sure he’s wary of that, but all he wants to do is smash up every player so it won’t make a difference to him.’
The Northern Irishman could find himself three points adrift of the top four with just two games to play so will be battling to try and get something out of his game with Van Gerwen.
He cannot be entirely out of the running, even if he loses, but defeat would leave him needing victories over Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith to give him any chance of reaching finals night.
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