Wade “not frightened” by prospect of show-down with birthday boy Van Gerwen

Wade is eyeing a memorable double over MVG (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

James Wade admits he is “not bothered” about facing Premier League leader Michael van Gerwen in Birmingham as he looks to dampen the Dutchman's birthday celebrations.

Van Gerwen turns 30 on Thursday, but Wade will be determined to spoil the party by making it back-to-back wins over the defending champion in this year's Unibet Premier League.

Van Gerwen, who has topped the table and gone on to reach the final every year since his debut in 2013, suffered his first defeat of the campaign at the hands of Wade in Exeter back in February but returned to the summit after an 8-2 rout of Rob Cross last week.

The world number one enters his show-down with Wade on the back of a five-game unbeaten run and after securing his 30th European Tour title on Monday, but 'The Machine' insists he is unfazed by the fixture.

"I'd say out of all the players in the Premier League I think I'm the least bothered about playing Michael van Gerwen," said Wade.

"I would like to say I was nervous and apprehensive, but no I'm not.

"He'll score better than he'll finish, he's good at what he does but I'm not bothered about playing him.

"He's the best player in the world, without a doubt, I'm looking forward to it.

"He'll play well and I'll play well."

Wade thrashed an out of sorts Peter Wright 8-2 in Cardiff last week to climb into third spot, four points adrift of MVG but clear of fifth only by virtue of legs difference.

Wade, whose tournament checkout percentage is second only to Van Gerwen, is bidding to reach the play-offs for the first time since 2013 - when he was beaten by MVG in the Semi-Finals.

He added: "Michael is amazing at what he does, he's a phenomenal dart player who I respect hugely but I know I can beat him.

"I've not been playing my best darts for five years, but now I'm starting to play well again which makes me feel both excited and nervous.

"I know I'm as good as anyone else, I know I can win TV titles including the Premier League but now it's up to me to go and do it.

"I'm not saying I can be a million miles better, but I've got a lot more to give.

"I'm not frightened by playing the so-called 'top players' - I put myself in that bracket when I'm playing well.

"There's a lot of players out there that are absolutely phenomenal and it's a job for someone like myself to try and keep up with those players.

"But I still think I'm good enough to beat them all."


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Wade “not frightened” by prospect of show-down with birthday boy Van Gerwen

James Wade admits he is “not bothered” about facing Premier League leader Michael van Gerwen in Birmingham as he looks to dampen the Dutchman's birthday celebrations.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages