MVG relishes outstanding display

17 February 2018 03:14:53 EST

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen is eager to build on an amazing victory against Gary Anderson in Week 3 of the Premier League season.

Mighty Mike claimed a 7-3 win over his fellow two-time PDC world champion, in a match which saw both players average in excess of 110, with Van Gerwen delighted to get back on track after a defeat to Peter Wright the previous week.

When you play like that against an opponent like Gary, it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the Premier League.

Michael van Gerwen

He told the official PDC website: "In the last two weeks I've not been at my best, but Gary brings a little bit extra out of me.

"When you play like that against an opponent like Gary, it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the Premier League.

"We were both phenomenal and we can both be happy with the performance, but it's most important that I got the two points because I needed that to keep up with the players at the top of the table."

Meanwhile, Simon Whitlock was a happy man as he made it three wins out of three by beating Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 - with the Australian staying at the top of the standings alongside Michael Smith.

He added: "I'm playing good darts when I have to and it's great to get another two points. I couldn't have asked for a better start and I'm really confident.

"The darts are going great and there's no pressure on me. I was probably the outsider, but I know how to play Premier League darts and I'm just taking it one week at a time."

Whitlock can now be backed at 1212/1 to win the Premier League title, with Smith priced at 12/1 and Van Gerwen 4/9.

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