Only double will do for MVG

25 April 2018 07:30:44 EST

Michael van Gerwen says he will settle for nothing less than two wins when he returns to Premier League action in Manchester on Thursday evening.

The two-time defending champion suffered two defeats on home soil in Rotterdam last week to allow the chasing pack to close down on him in the standings, with MVG being beaten 7-5 by both Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld.

I am determined and confident of still finishing top of the table and then going on to win the tournament.

Michael van Gerwen

Van Gerwen is eager to put things right this week and has a chance to open up a gap at the top of the table as he is in action twice, taking on first Daryl Gurney and then Michael Smith at the Manchester Area.

He told his own personal website: "It was a horrible feeling last week. I was so determined to do very well in Rotterdam, but I couldn't seem to find the right shots at the right times. My opponents did that, so well done to them.

"The good thing is that this happened in the Premier League, where the whole season doesn't depend on one or two games.

"I am determined and confident of still finishing top of the table and then going on to win the tournament.

"That starts with two wins in Manchester and that is what I am going for - nothing less."

Van Gerwen has won the Premier League title on three previous occasions and has reached the final in each of the last five years.

The two-time defending champion is 4/9 to make it three in a row this season, with Smith priced at 12/1 and reigning PDC world champion Rob Cross 7/1.

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