Chisnall confident of upsetting van Gerwen in Manchester

The Betway Premier League Darts in Aberdeen. Picture: Roddy Scott.
The Betway Premier League Darts in Aberdeen. Picture: Roddy Scott.

Dave Chisnall looks to continue his improved Betway Premier League Darts form when he takes on leader Michael van Gerwen in Manchester on Thursday night.

The Morecambe ace has picked up two draws and two wins in his last four games to keep his hopes of reaching May’s play-offs alive.

But the reigning world champion and world number one will provide a real test of his credentials at the Phones 4 U Arena after victory over Peter Wright in Aberdeen last time out.

World number seven Chisnall said; “Last week’s win against Peter Wright keeps me in the running and I want to keep winning now.

“My finishing was good and I made sure last week that I took my time and stayed calm on my doubles, because sometimes I rush.

“I like playing Michael and it doesn’t matter if he’s world champion or world number one. I beat Phil Taylor when he was both, and I think I can beat Michael too.”

Van Gerwen, who lost to Phil Taylor in Aberdeen before overcoming Adrian Lewis in his second match, said: “It felt like an off week for me in Aberdeen but I still got two points and I’m still top of the league and I’m doing really well.

“I’ve probably already secured the play-offs, which is most important, and I’m hitting my doubles well.

“I’ve got more than 40 percent on my finishes during the tournament and I’m scoring well too, so I want to keep that up against Dave.”

Elsewhere, Taylor is aiming to continue his charge up the table when he takes on Gary Anderson and the Scot will follow his meeting with Taylor with a clash against fellow countryman Robert Thornton later in the evening.

Thornton also doubles up as he kicks off the evening against Peter Wright.

The night also sees two former World Champions collide as Adrian Lewis - who has lost three successive games - faces high-flying Raymond van Barneveld.

The action is live on Sky Sports 1HD from 7pm.