When Approved Garages asked Michael van Gerwen if he felt confident going into this year’s Premier League, he said: “Yeah, of course. My confidence is high. I’m playing quite well and the last few years I played well in the Premier League. I hope this year I can do the same.”
Mighty Mike has certainly produced more of the same this year, putting on a barnstorming performance in Aberdeen last Thursday to record the highest three-dart average ever seen on television. He achieved the awe-inspiring 123.40 average in a 7-1 victory against Michael Smith – nudging ahead of Phil Taylor in the record books at the same time.
A delighted van Gerwen told the PDC: “I felt confident straight away and I played well from the start, so I’m happy with my performance and it was an amazing game.
“When I was 6-0 up I realised I could make some records and I missed a couple of doubles.
“If you play like this it’s amazing and I’m really glad it came out tonight. I hope I can do this many more times in the future.”
The Dutchman plays his first Premier League game in his home country this term, as the world’s greatest darts league makes its debut in the Netherlands. It’s clearly a prospect Mighty Mike relishes.
“The Premier League in the Netherlands, 9000 tickets were sold out in the first 47 minutes! So it will go really well. It’s time for the people of Holland to see something special with the Premier League.”
Van Gerwen dominated the Premier League in 2015, only to be pipped at the post by Gary Anderson in the final. Is there anyone he would particularly like to beat this year?
“I don’t need to take revenge on anyone because I beat them, most of the time anyway, and I need to just make sure I play my own game. If I play my own game, I can beat everyone. I showed that before. I need to make sure I don’t make any mistakes in my preparations.”
The Betway Premier League will be at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter on Thursday, where the highly anticipated matches include Taylor versus Lewis and Wright versus van Gerwen.