Chisnall bids to keep up unbeaten start in Belfast

Dave Chisnall in action against James Wade. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall in action against James Wade. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Dave Chisnall will bid to keep up his unbeaten start to the Betway Premier League Darts against regular practice partner Kim Huybrechts in Belfast on Thursday night.

The Morecambe darts ace has won two and drawn one of his three games with the Belgian newcomer picking up his first point of the season with a draw against Adrian Lewis in Liverpool last week.

The pair open up the night in front of 7,000 fans at the Odyssey Arena live on Sky Sports.

Chisnall, second in the table, said: “It’s going to be a big game for us both.

“I’ve got five points so far but I want to keep winning and build on that.

“I practice with Kim a lot and I know what he can do, and I don’t think he’s found his best darts in the Premier League yet - but he had a tough start and he’ll want to kick on.

“I’ve got more Premier League experience but that doesn’t mean I’m the better player or anything because we’re all good players and you’ve just to make sure you perform on the day.”

Huybrechts is hoping to build on his first point in Belfast.

He said: “I put a lot of pressure on myself in the first couple of weeks with being in the Premier League and that didn’t work out very well.

“I said to myself before Liverpool that I’ve finished with proving myself, just enjoy it and do what you can.

“Dave is one of my best friends on the tour and we practice together a lot, so it’s going to be a relaxed game anyway.

“With most of the players in the Premier League, there will be chances and the only thing you have to do is take them.

“I did that last week - the first point is the hardest to win, so I want to build on that now.”

Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen will bid to extend his lead at the top of the table when he faces Adrian Lewis, James Wade, the league’s only other unbeaten player, takes on World Champion Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor faces Peter Wright and reigning Betway Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld goes up against Stephen Bunting.

The Sky Sports action starts at 7pm.