Michael van Gerwen takes on Glen Durrant in a top-of-the-table clash on Night Eight of the Premier League in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, but the Dutchman has stoked the fire ahead of their showdown by labelling the three-time BDO world champion a ‘boring’ player.
Van Gerwen reeled off six consecutive legs from 2-1 down to thrash Rob Cross with a 103 average as the Premier League returned on Tuesday night and that result saw the world No 1 regain top spot, after Durrant shared the spoils with world champion Peter Wright in the evening’s finale.
Durrant salvaged a point from 6-4 down against ‘Snakebite’ to draw level with Van Gerwen on ten points, but the irrepressible ‘Green Machine’ leads the way via legs difference, as he bids to win the league phase for a record-equalling eighth consecutive year.
“Of course I want to play my A-game against Glen and I have to do my absolute best to beat him. We all know he is a good player, a boring player, but if I do exactly the same as I did today, tomorrow, then I am going to beat him,” Van Gerwen told LiveDarts.
The pair have only met twice competitively and Durrant has won both encounters, following up a Pro Tour scalp by beating Van Gerwen in the second-round of last year’s World Matchplay, but MvG insists he isn’t perturbed by their head-to-head record.
“It’s only two games. I lost two games to Toon Greebe before and I’m 2-0 down to him as well; that doesn’t say anything. Of course Glen is a phenomenal player,” he told Online Darts.
“You have to play your A game if you want to beat him. He’s not only a good player but a boring player, he sucks the energy out of you. It’s tough to play him, he’s like a silent killer.”
Van Gerwen and Durrant’s clash will headline Wednesday’s action, but proceedings will get underway with an equally fascinating tie, as Gary Anderson and Gerwyn Price renew their rivalry.
Price is just one point above the drop zone following Daryl Gurney’s victory on Tuesday and ‘Super Chin’ meets third-placed Nathan Aspinall, whilst a struggling Rob Cross takes on Michael Smith. Elsewhere, Jeffrey de Zwaan makes his second appearance as a challenger against Wright.
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