Premier League king Van Gerwen admits: ‘I’m in my rivals’ heads’

Defending champion MVG celebrates (credit:Steve Welsh/PDC)

Mighty Michael van Gerwen believes he is now “in the head” of his rivals before they even start playing him.

The dominant Dutchman is already top of the Unibet Premier League and faces old foe Rob Cross in Dublin on Thursday night.

World Champion MVG shows no signs of letting up his grip on the sport's major silverware and is brimming with belief.

When asked what an opponent will have to do to beat him, he blasted: "Someone has to play their own game and don't play against Michael van Gerwen. I'm always in their head, I'm already in front before they start playing me.

"I love being top of the table. Of course that's where I want to stay but there's a long way to go yet.

"Rob Cross is a phenomenal player, he didn’t win the World Championships for nothing, you have to play well to beat him.

"I'm in good form, he needs the points to make sure he gets in the top four, so it’s going to be a tough one. 

"I was happy to win ugly last week, it was still over a 100 average but it wasn't the greatest game to be fair. 

"You could see Mensur's throw he was trying to speed them in. I didn't make a lot of mistakes, just a few missed darts here and there.

"The result is the only thing that matters sometimes, you can't win nicely with 110 average every week - it's impossible.

"But to win games is possible, it doesn't matter how you win sometimes."

Van Gerwen also admitted that square sausage was his lucky omen before playing Suljovic in Glasgow a week ago.

The Dutchman revealed on Live Darts his love for the brekkie tasty treat - but also revealed The Hydro wasn't the same without Gary Anderson.

He added: "I had a square sausage for breakfast, in a nice bun, lovely with a bit of ketchup. That will do for me. I love it and set me up nicely for the day in Scotland!

"It was not quite the same at the Hydro without Gary last week, not quite as noisy. It's a shame he was not there, it's like the Ahoy in Rotterdam without me or Raymond van Barneveld. just not the same."

Van Gerwen won all three of his Premier League meetings with Cross last year, including a 10-6 triumph in the Semi-Finals at The O2, though 'Voltage' took the spoils in their most recent encounter with a blistering display in the final of the Brisbane Masters last August.

Cross has not forgotten his 7-1 hammering at the hands of MVG in Dublin a year ago and said: "That still hurts a bit. I was still in a whirlwind having become World Champion a month earlier. I owe Michael for that one!"


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