Dave Chisnall relaxed ahead of Michael van Gerwen test

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Dave Chisnall faces his toughest Betway Premier League Darts test so far when he goes head-to-head with world number one Michael van Gerwen at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Thursday night.

The Morecambe ace is undefeated so far on his Premier League debut following a victory over Robert Thornton in week one and a draw with Peter Wright in Bournemouth last time out.

But facing van Gerwen is an unenviable task with the reigning world champion hoping for a third successive win to open the defence of his Premier League title.

Chisnall, the world number five, said: “It’s going to be a great occasion playing Michael and I’m really excited by it.

“I’ve been a bit nervous going up against Robert and Peter but I can relax and enjoy my darts in Belfast because all the pressure’s on Michael.

“I showed last week when I came back from 5-1 down to draw with Peter that things can change really quickly and it’s important just to focus on your darts and not who you’re playing or the occasion.”

Van Gerwen said: “I’ve had a great start to the season and winning the Dutch Darts Masters (last weekend) is another boost for my confidence.

“I want to keep this going now and play even better against Dave.

“Dave’s getting used to the expectation in the Premier League now but it’s still early for him and I hope I can capitalise on him being a new guy in town!”

Elsewhere in Belfast, Robert Thornton takes on Gary Anderson, Peter Wright plays Phil Taylor, Wes Newton goes head-to-head with Adrian Lewis while Raymond van Barneveld closes proceedings against Simon Whitlock.