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Van Gerwen Set for Smith Clash

Unibet Premier League Darts Night Seven Preview

Michael Van Gerwen, 2018 Unibet Premier League Darts, Dublin

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is bidding to move clear at the top of the Unibet Premier League Darts table when he takes on joint leader Michael Smith in Glasgow on Thursday.

Reigning champion Van Gerwen would move two points ahead of early pace-setter Smith with a win at the SSE Hydro in Scotland on week seven.

The Dutchman produced a world record 123.4 average in their only previous Premier League meeting and is excited about facing the former World Youth Champion again.

He said: “I always have good games against Michael. It’s going to be a tough one also for him because he did well up to now.

“I’m going to stop him and he knows I want to. He’s a good player and it’s about time it comes out because he’s a phenomenal talent.

“I know I can raise my game a lot more but I’m winning and that’s the most important thing. It’s a tough schedule ahead but I’m top of the table and I only want to be at the top.”