Premier League Darts heads to Berlin for second weekend – watch live on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm, Thursday; Michael van Gerwen: “There is a lot to come from me. I was a little shaken all the matches against Michael Smith, and this should not happen to me”
6:10, UK, Thursday 08 February 2024
Michael van Gerwen has said he is “still not well” on the second night of the BetMGM Premier League on Thursday, when the archery showpiece visits Berlin.
Van Gerwen conceded just 10 legs in his opening three matches in Milton Keynes, but was denied a sixth Masters crown by Michael Smith.
Ahead of the Premier League in Berlin on Thursday evening, move on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm, Van Gerwen said: “There is more to come from me.
“I was a little shaky throughout the match against Michael (Smith), and that shouldn’t happen to me. It’s as simple as that.
“I haven’t done well yet, I’m still struggling here and there, and I know I can do much better.”
“You have to be successful at the right time. I have a lot to gain, but you have to work hard.”
Smith is looking to extend his lead at the top of the Premier League table on Thursday.
He swept aside favorite Gerwyn Price to win on the first night in Cardiff, and the pair will resume their rivalry at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, when they lock horns in the evening’s second quarter-final.
Smith, the 2023 world champion, crashed five 180s to send Price to the finals last week, having also eliminated reigning champion Van Gerwen and teenager Luke Littler in the final.
“A win is a win, and I love it!” insisted Smith, who was delighted to return to winning ways in the Welsh capital.
“There’s a lot to work on, but getting five points on opening night is always great!
“I sent word that I know how to win – even if I’m struggling, I can re-draw what’s important and put it all together at the right time.
“I have the energy to go into the second night, and there is no pressure to run points.”
The winner of the most recent Smith and Price tournament will advance to a semi-final against either Van Gerwen or World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall, who wins the evening’s opening match.
Van Gerwen’s quest for an eighth Premier League crown began with a quarter-final loss to Smith on the first night, while Aspinall lost to Price in the same period.
Aspinall battled to the final of last week’s Masters before defeating Stephen Bunting, who stunned Van Gerwen to take the title.
Youngster Littler will also headline the Second Night in the German capital, where the 17-year-old will meet 2019 winner Rob Cross in a repeat of the World Championship final in January.
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Littler made a ton of comebacks last Thursday, progressing to the semi-finals alongside Cross, who also picked up two points on his return to the Premier League.
In one of the evening’s quarter-final matches, international Luke Humphries will play Peter Wright, both players looking to open their Premier League accounts in 2024.
Wright was underwhelming in his final defeat to Cross in Cardiff, although the two-time world champion is in poor form ahead of his clash with the world number one.
“I could say I’m retiring after the World Championship,” admitted Wright, a Premier League finalist in 2017.
“There’s hunger and fight. I’m not retired, I’m not rolling. There’s a lot more to come this year. I’m going to win more titles.
“I played well last week, but I was very nervous. I was trying a few things in the back and I was shaking.
“I’ve always had a good time with Luke, and I respect all the actions he’s taken and his weight. He’s shown a commitment that shows other players that when you do that you can get results.”
2024 BetMGM Premier League Night Two – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Thursday February 8
Nathan Aspinall v Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Luke Littler v Rob Cross
Luke Humphries v Peter Wright
Aspinall/Van Gerwen v Smith/Price
Littler/Cross v Humphries/Wright
The last thing
Aspinall/Van Gerwen/Smith/Price v Littler/Cross/Humphries/Wright
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