Van Gerwen ready to roll

08 March 2018 04:34:59 EST

Michael van Gerwen is hoping for a big performance in Leeds in Week 6 of the Premier League, having suffered an early exit at the UK Open.

The Premier League action scheduled for Exeter last week was cancelled due to severe weather conditions in the area, before the UK Open at Minehead was played in front of very few fans at the weekend because of the ongoing problem.

That situation clearly did little to inspire Van Gerwen, who lost his opening match 10-8 to fellow Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan, ending his bid for a third title in four years at the first hurdle.

Mighty Mike has an opportunity to forget that loss when he returns to Premier League action, but he expects a major test when he takes on Simon Whitlock on Thursday evening, with the Australian having won three of his first four matches in the competition.

Van Gerwen also has three victories from four to his name, setting up a potentially tight encounter with an in-form Whitlock.

MVG told the official PDC website: "It was disappointing that we couldn't play in Exeter and then I lost to Jeffrey in the UK Open, but this is a new day and I'm looking forward to playing Simon.

"He won his first three matches and he's playing well, so I know what I've got to do on Thursday. I'll prepare myself and make sure I'm ready."

Van Gerwen is 1/12 to defeat Whitlock and 15/4 to do so by a 7-4 scoreline, with the Dutch ace 1/2 to go all the way and successfully defend his Premier League title.

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