Michael van Gerwen forced to reassess Premier League Darts goals after recent defeats

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Michael van Gerwen is not dominating the Premier League as he has done in the past (Picture: Getty Images)

Michael van Gerwen is facing the prospect of not topping the Premier League table for the first time since his debut year in the competition, such has been his unreliable form this season.

The world number one has lost three and drawn three matches this Premier League, which, by his outrageous standards, is a pretty poor return.

The dropped points mean that he is lying second in the table behind Rob Cross with just two matches to go before finals night at The O2 on 23 May.

MVG has played in six editions of the Premier League before this year, topping the table in all six of them, but he is facing the very real prospect of that record coming to an end after his defeat to Daryl Gurney last week.

Mighty Mike has to win his final two matches, starting against Peter Wright on Thursday, and hope Cross slips up against Mensur Suljovic or James Wade.

‘I made too many mistakes last week against Daryl but I played well at the weekend and I want to keep that going now,’ said Van Gerwen after winning the Austrian Darts Open on Sunday.

‘I need to make sure I play well because Peter has nothing to lose now and he will be dangerous. I want to put in a good performance to make sure that I’m going into the Play-Offs in good form.’

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Van Gerwen could go on to win the Premier League even if he doesn’t top the table, but he will be disappointed with himself if he doesn’t manage to keep up his regular season record.

The Dutchman has spoken numerous times about his desire to finish first, saying in week one of the Premier League: ‘I’m totally focused on playing to my best level and winning as many games as I can so I can top the table for a seventh year in a row.’

MVG has already claimed eight titles in 2019, so his form has actually been superb, he has just not quite found his peak at points of the Premier League.

He will be aiming to do so when the tournament hits London, when he will look to pick up the whopping £250,000 first prize.

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