Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen chasing Michael Smith
"I'm trying to get to the top of the table as soon as possible"
By Sky Sports Darts
Last Updated: 01/03/18 12:31pm
Michael van Gerwen has issued a warning to Premier League Darts table-topper Michael Smith.
Reigning champion Van Gerwen is second in the league, two points off Smith, ahead of the fifth set of matches.
"I'm trying to get to the top of the table as soon as possible and the game on Thursday gives me a chance to make another step towards that," said Van Gerwen.
"I have been happy with some of my performances but not all and I know I will have to produce a good one against Mensur Suljovic as he played very well last week."
Smith has a perfect record after four matches, a stark contrast to his disastrous debut in the Premier League in 2016.
"Things have gone really well so far but I'm not taking anything for granted," said Smith. "I still feel I've not played my best darts yet and I'll have to do that against a class player like Raymond van Barneveld.
"I've been taking my opportunities so far and if I can keep doing that hopefully I'll get another win."
Attention switches to the First Direct Arena in Leeds next Thursday with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action and Main Event. The season continues through to the conclusion on May 17 with the Play-Offs at The O2 in London.
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