Michael van Gerwen on a “losing streak” says fired-up Gary Anderson

Anderson celebrates his comeback win over Barney (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson believes Michael van Gerwen may find it tough to return to winning ways and has played down his own billing as ‘tournament favourite’ at the 2018 World Matchplay.

Anderson was immediately installed as the new favourite for the BetVictor World Matchplay title after Van Gerwen suffered a shock exit at the hands of Jeffrey de Zwaan on opening night.

The Scot has since mounted a charge to the Quarter-Finals, and after witnessing Rob Cross crash out on Wednesday, Anderson has now gone odds-on to become the new name on the Matchplay trophy.

Van Gerwen has not claimed a televised singles title since the Premier League at The O2 in May, and Anderson admits his Dutch rival as been out of sorts in recent weeks.

"Everyone says I'm favourite because Michael went out but all these boys can play darts, it's not just about one player," Anderson told Live Darts.

"Michael over the last three World Series events has been turned over quite easily.

"Jeffrey [De Zwaan] did him in the First Round of the UK Open and he's not won any of the World Series events so he's come here and it's happened.

"He's on a bit of a losing streak and if it carries on it's quite hard to get out of.

"Michael's been absolutely fantastic for five years, he's been phenomenal. Will he be upset? Maybe little bit.

"But he's gone back home, he'll spend time with the family, he'll be fresh and he'll probably fly out to New Zealand about four days before us and be ready for that one."

Anderson came from 5-1 down to defeat Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 with a 104.2 average in a classic Second Round contest but has played down his chances of adding the sport's second most prestigious major to his haul.

He will now face 29-year-old Joe Cullen in Thursday's Quarter-Finals, with 'The Rockstar' making only his second appearance at this stage of a televised tournament.

Cullen has dropped just six legs en route to the Last Eight, but Anderson believes his experience could prove crucial in their marathon best of 31 show-down.

"I keep saying it time after time, us old boys can still knock heads!" he added.

"We might not be as fast as what we used to be but we can stick in.

"We've got the knowledge, we've done it for 20 or 30 years and we know what to do at the right time.

"If you can do the right things at the right time, it helps you.

"Joe's played well, he's been brilliant in the last two matches

"He's one the young crew that's coming through.

"I'm looking forward to it, I might not be able to play as quick as what I used to but I can just about hold the pace.

"I've been to the Semis before and it's never happened but we'll take every game at a time, you never know what's going to happen.

"If I play my game, I can beat anyone."



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