Raymond Van Barneveld ready for Rotterdam in bid to keep his Premier League hopes alive
"Next week I'm playing at home, what can go wrong?"
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 22/03/19 1:20pm
Raymond Van Barneveld says he "can't wait" for next week's double-header of Premier League darts in Rotterdam where the Dutchman has vowed to bring his 'A game'.
The 51-year-old boosted his chances of avoiding relegation in his final campaign before retirement with a 7-3 victory over home favourite Max Hopp on night seven in Berlin on Thursday night.
Van Barneveld regained some of his confidence last weekend, finishing runner-up in the Players Championship in Wigan, and he carried that on with the first 170 of this year's competition on his way to his first win of the tournament.
The five-time world champion has now given himself a chance of surviving ahead of back-to-back nights in his homeland.
"You know me and knockout competitions. I didn't play my 'A game' tonight but of course I'm happy to get the win," said Van Barneveld. "When I saw Michael lost to Daryl [Gurney] I knew I needed to win to keep my hopes of avoiding elimination alive and thankfully I did.
"I was struggling at points in that match, the 170 came at a good time for me and it felt really good."
Van Barneveld takes on Gurney and world No 1 Michael van Gerwen in the Dutch derby needing to win both matches to have any chance of surviving the drop.
"Next week I'm playing at home, what can go wrong? I can't wait. I love this game and now I'm feeling more energised and hopefully I will bring my 'A game' next week and do my friends proud. I never give up."
What comes next? Night Eight - Wednesday, March 27 - Rotterdam Ahoy
|Gerwyn Price||vs||Michael Smith|
|James Wade||vs||Dimitri van den Bergh|
|Rob Cross||vs||Mensur Suljovic|
|Peter Wright||vs||Michael van Gerwen|
|Raymond van Barneveld||vs||Daryl Gurney|
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