Square sausage connoisseur Van Gerwen out to serve up a tartan treat in Glasgow

Van Gerwen unleashes a trademark celebration (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Mighty Michael van Gerwen has revealed his secret success in Scotland is down to square sausage and is aiming to make mince meat out of Mensur Suljovic in Glasgow.

The Dutch dynamo already looks unstoppable in his quest for yet another major title after winning his opening Unibet Premier League clash against Michael Smith in Newcastle last week.

Now MVG takes on Suljovic at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Thursday bidding to make it four points from four.

Van Gerwen, who usually has most of his rivals for breakfast, has revealed he is hooked on a tasty treat when he travels north of the border.

"I love coming to Scotland for the square sausage, I love that stuff," said Van Gerwen. "Maybe I have that every time and that makes me win, who knows?

"I always love coming to Glasgow to be fair, always a good noisy crowd. They love their darts and I always want to perform well, but that's the same anywhere.

"Sometimes you have the crowd against you, sometimes with you. It's all part of the game you just have to perform every week and you have to win."

This year's trip to Glasgow will be without home favourite Gary Anderson - who withdrew from the tournament due to injury, and his rival MVG admits the Scot's absence is a major blow for the competition.

He added: "It's a bit unfortunate for the tournament I think that Gary is out. Everyone says give the title to Michael van Gerwen but that is wrong.

"Michael Smith is still there, Raymond van Barneveld, Peter Wright, Rob Cross. There's always going to be someone who pops up who you don’t expect. It could be Gerwyn Price, you never know in this sport.

"You can just look after yourself if you are going to win this tournament. I have to produce something special every week.

"If people want to just give the trophy to me now, well I hope so, that would be nice. But we are not that far now, just 16 weeks to go!"

Van Gerwen has finished top of the table for last six consecutive years and there seems to be no stopping his hunger for more glory.

He defeated his current closest rival Smith 7-5 in Newcastle and is now looking to continue his dominant record over Suljovic.

"This has been my tournament, six years in succession I have finished top of the table and six finals," he added. 

"I have a phenomenal record but I also love this tournament. It's great to perform week after week for the big crowds that makes me a happy man.

"I love what I do and I’m really pleased I started the Premier League off with a good result - it's important to start well.

"A week ago he had a 150 finish and Michael Smith can be a phenomenal player, who have to play well against him.

"The last leg an 11-darter was really nice for me to win the match.

"It could be the next big rivalry maybe I hope so. Maybe he needs a few more lessons up here in the head and he will be alright."

The world number one and World Champion also dismissed the critics who said he had a poor 2018 by his standards after missing out on the UK Open, Matchplay, Champions League and Grand Slam.

He added: "My barrier is higher than the other players and if I don't reach the barrier they all have an opinion. Of course it motivates me to practice harder do do more about it and bouncing back is the only answer you can give.

"I've done so well over the last few years I’ve created my own problem so I have to work time after time to do a good job."


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