It’s a clash of Dutch heavyweights as Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld face off as the tournament visits the SSE Arena in Belfast for week 12 of the Premier League.
Dave Chisnall vs Adrian Lewis
The St Helens thrower is playing twice this week and will be in confident form having previously won twice earlier this season in Exeter to cover Van Gerwen absence- having also managed the same feat in 2015.
Chisnall is still not giving up despite being six points off the top four and said before the game:” There are five games and if I win all of them and the other results go my way you never know what might happen”.
Lewis meanwhile will be coming into this week in red hot form after hitting the first nine darter of the league last week and returns this week to Belfast where he achieved the feat last year against James Wade.
The 2x World champion is in good form after winning five of his last six matches and believes he is in a rich vein of form saying:” I’m playing really well at the minute. I’ve been putting a lot of work in and playing a lot of tournaments as well which helps my sharpness, and everything’s going great”.
Phil Taylor vs Gary Anderson
The 16x world champion is coming into this fixture on the back of his 3 game winning run being ended at the hands of James Wade last week and sits one point outside the top 4 at this stage.
The Power believes every point is crucial to be at the O2 for finals night saying before the game:” every point is crucial at the moment as everyone’s in with a shout”.
The Flying Scotsman is in the play-off places and will be hoping to carry on his momentum from his 7-2 victory last week over his fellow countryman Peter Wright.
Peter Wright vs James Wade
Snakebite will be hoping to build some momentum after a poor night in Liverpool having been pegged back to a draw after leading 5-1 against MVG and the aforementioned defeat to Anderson. He sits 2nd in the table and has some breathing space over his rivals.
Wade is in desperate need of carrying on his comeback up the table which started with a gritty 7-5 win over Taylor last week in Liverpool, as he sits four points off the play-offs on 10 points having played one more game than his nearest challengers.
Michael Van Gerwen vs Raymond Van Barneveld
The current Premier League champion sits top of the tree and showed great resilience last week to battle back to a draw against Peter Wright. He now faces his fellow countryman who ended his televised unbeaten run which stretched back to September in week 8 at Manchester.
Van Gerwen reflected on the previous encounter saying:” Things like that happen in life. I should have won that game, but sometimes you make mistakes- people think I’m a robot but I’m human”.
Birthday boy Van Barneveld who turns 50 is hoping to beat MVG again and keep up his own good form which has seen him into the play-off places saying before the game.
”Hopefully I can stop him again- I’ve beaten Michael, beaten Gary and drawn with Peter Wright so I’ve taken 5 points so far from the top 3 in the world”.
Phil Taylor vs Dave Chisnall
The former Premier League champion Taylor is expecting a tough game against Chisnall and spoke some warm words about his rival saying:” it’s a big challenge because Dave is one of the biggest scorers in the game, but I’m looking forward to it”.
Chisnall understands the importance of the games coming up and said before the game:” every match is special when your in the Premier League, but this is a massive week for me and I need to win both”.