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Van Gerwen Relishing Anderson Clash After First Defeat

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Michael Van Gerwen, 2018 Unibet Premier League Darts, Dublin

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is bidding to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Peter Wright when he faces Gary Anderson on Thursday, as the Unibet Premier League visits Newcastle.

The world number one was frustrated after losing out to Wright in Cardiff but is feeling confident and excited ahead of his third fixture of his 2018 campaign.

He said: “Last week was a disappointing result against Peter. Especially as I feel it was a game I should have won. I had enough chances but I missed too many doubles and he hit the right things at the right times so all credit is to him.

“I know I’m not going to win every single game in the Premier League. It is almost impossible but after losing I like to bouce back with a good win.

“That won’t be easy against Gary but it is what I will try to do. We always have good matches and it is one of the games that the fans want to see. It will be fast and a very good standard and I’m really looking forward to a great match.”

The defending Premier League champion skipped the weekend’s three UK Open qualifiers, having won two of the first three but still finished top of the Order of Merit for next month’s finals in Minehead.

Van Gerwen is also determined to move to the top of the Premier League table as soon as possible – a position he as occupied at the end of every season since he first appeared in the tournament in 2013.

He added: “Even though it is early days it is very important to me to win because the only position I want to be is top of the league.”