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Gary Anderson aiming for swift revenge over Michael van Gerwen in Premier League Darts Play-Offs

Anderson celebrates during his 6-6 draw with MVG in Newcastle (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson believes he has what it takes to overthrow defending champion Michael van Gerwen when the box office pair collide in the Premier League Semi-Finals at The O2 Arena on Thursday.

Anderson ended the round-robin phase in fourth position, having won less than half of his fixtures, but has crucially done enough to remain in the running for a third Premier League title since 2011.

The Scottish ace suffered a 7-4 defeat at the hands of Van Gerwen on home soil in Aberdeen last week, but as the stakes and format increase, Anderson is quietly confidence he can exact revenge when it matters most.

"Last week I knew I'd qualified so there was no pressure on the game but this week is the big one and hopefully it'll be a different game," said Anderson.

"If I can hold him to 7-7 then I know I have that three-leg burst in me just like Michael has, but if he goes three legs in front, he's hard to catch.

"Michael plays my sort of game, he just gets on with it and doesn't try anything to put anyone off. 

"If we can turn up and both play how we should play, it'll be a cracking match."

The world number two has experience of upsetting MVG on this stage, having triumphed 11-7 in the 2015 final, but has failed to win any of their last six televised encounters, including the World Grand Prix, World Championship and Masters finals.

Van Gerwen and Anderson boast the only two ton-plus tournament averages of the ten-man field and have tallied up more than 100 maximums between them during the 15 weeks of competition.

Anderson admits he has scarified practice and tour events in recent months to spend more time with his family, but still has the hunger for success on the big stage.

"I've been going through one Thursday to the next without throwing a dart, just spending time with my family," he added.

"I've lived out of a suitcase for the last three years so it's been great to have time at home with Tai and take the dogs out.

"You get the critics that say I should be playing in everything, but stuff them, I want to spend time with my son - it's as simple as that.

"There's a lot of money in the game now but all in the money in the world couldn't make up for the time I'd miss spending with my son when he's growing up and learning new things.

"I do what I want, no one tells me what to do and I've been like that all my life.

"I've not been practicing but I've still been giving 110 per cent and have had some good games in this Premier League, now we're down to the last four and you never know, I could win it."

Currently ranked world number two, 'The Flying Scotsman' faces a crucial second half of the season as he aims to protect his ranking on the main two-year list, having notably won the World Championship and reached the European Championship final two years ago.

Anderson insists he is aware of his precarious situation and would be prepared to compete in more ProTour and European Tour events if necessary to avoid slipping down to the rankings.

"You can't always rely on playing well when you're not putting the practice in but I've enjoyed just having my darts out on the Thursday night," he added.

"I'm happy with the way things are going but if it means I drop down the rankings for next year then I'll get back on the practice board and sort it out.

"Maybe in a year and a half or two years' time I might think about retiring, but I'm not finished yet."


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Gary Anderson aiming for swift revenge over Michael van Gerwen in Premier League Darts Play-Offs

Gary Anderson believes he has what it takes to overthrow defending champion Michael van Gerwen when the box office pair collide in the Premier League Semi-Finals at The O2 Arena on Thursday.

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