Premier League Darts: Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson in week six in Manchester MEN
Last Updated: March 14, 2013 6:56am
Adrian Lewis takes his new-found confidence to Manchester on Thursday as he faces a former World Championship final rematch with Gary Anderson.
The two men did battle for the 2011 world title at Alexandra Palace but now the spectre of Premier League relegation is on their minds in their latest battle.
Two-time World Champion Lewis ended a four-game losing run when he picked up his first victory of the season a week ago, defeating Michael van Gerwen 7-4 in Nottingham.
The world number two also won through to the semi-finals of the UK Masters in Minehead at the weekend, and hopes that the clash with Anderson will see him continue his bid to avoid relegation.
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Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson
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The bottom two players in the ten-man field will be relegated after week nine, and with time running out both men need to start climbing up the table.
Jackpot is bottom with just two points from his one win, while Anderson has only picked up four points so far this season, and could be overtaken by Lewis on leg difference should the Stoke ace win by three or more legs in their Manchester meeting.
"I thought I showed my class last Thursday and the weekend in Minehead was good for me too," said Lewis. "It's given me a lot of confidence.
"It's always important to get your first couple of points on the board but I'm not going to change my routine; I'm practising every day and hopefully against Gary in Manchester I can do the same again.
"It's going to be a really tough game because he's a fantastic scorer. If I can keep on top of him scoring-wise and take my chances, then I've got a great chance."
2011 Premier League champion Anderson was also a winner last week in Nottingham as he edged out Phil Taylor 7-5 in his first TV defeat of The Power.
"There's plenty of pressure on us all now because nobody wants to be relegated after week nine, so it's a big game on Thursday," said Anderson.
"Adrian's a quick player, like myself, and it always seems to make for a good match when we play."