Gary Anderson hopes for home advantage against Michael van Gerwen in Premier League Darts
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 11/05/17 11:13am
Gary Anderson hopes a rowdy atmosphere in his home country of Scotland will be an 'eye-opener' for Michael van Gerwen on Thursday.
Anderson welcomes Van Gerwen to Aberdeen in the last Premier League Darts instalment, live on Sky Sports from 7pm, before next week's Finals Night where the qualified duo might meet again.
It will be an eye-opener for him. He'll be up against it. But Michael will be Michael - head down, and he'll get on with the game.
"If I can turn him over in Scotland, it will give Michael something to think about next week," Anderson exclusively told Sky Sports.
"If he beats me in Aberdeen, then next week I'll be cheesed off so I'll put even more pressure on him!
"It will be an eye-opener for him. He'll be up against it. But Michael will be Michael - head down, and he'll get on with the game.
"He'll definitely notice the crowd. I played Raymond van Barneveld a few weeks ago in Rotterdam in the Premier League, and I could hear it. You expect that if you play a Dutchman in Holland. It was great to see the support behind him.
"There's a wee bit more pressure being at home, but it's all part and parcel."
Premier League - Week 15 Fixtures
|Dave Chisnall||v||James Wade|
|Phil Taylor||v||Adrian Lewis|
|Peter Wright||v||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Michael van Gerwen||v||Gary Anderson|
Two-time Premier League champion Anderson sealed his qualification for next Thursday's finale at London's O2 after beating James Wade last week - and he is hoping for an entertaining night in Scotland before contesting the title with Van Gerwen, Peter Wright and either Phil Taylor or Dave Chisnall.
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"We only get a couple of tournaments per year, but [the fans] love it," he said. "If you've never been to Aberdeen for the Premier League then you need to go - the building actually shakes during the walk-ons. Every hair on your body stands up.
"It's always good to go to Scotland for a game of darts."
You can see all the action from Aberdeen on Thursday from 7pm on Sky Sports 1 HD, including the clash between Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson.