MVG focused on success

Michael van Gerwen (5/4 – To Lift Trophy) is focused on winning the Premier League after finishing top of the table with victory over Peter Wright on Thursday.

Van Gerwen ended the league campaign with 24 points – the same number he gained last season – with 11 wins from 16 matches.

The reigning champion rounded it off with an entertaining 7-5 win over Wright in Brighton and speaking after the match admitted he was happy with his campaign, but is now fully focused on the play-offs.

“I’m very proud of myself because that’s not easy to do. To play every week, such hard games, and if you win twice in a row in the Premier League, that means a lot,” he told Sky Sports.

“But it’s not about winning in the table, it’s about winning the tournament.”

Van Gerwen will now face Gary Anderson (13/2 – To Lift Trophy) in next week’s play-offs at the O2 Arena in London.

The world champion is looking for revenge on ‘The Flying Scotsman’ who was a 7-4 winner in the Premier League when the pair met on May 1.

“I love to play him,” Van Gerwen added. “We have played a lot in the last years and the last time I played him he beat me, so it gives me an opportunity to get revenge.”

The other semi-final sees six-time Premier League champion Phil Taylor (6/4 – To Lift Trophy) take on Raymond van Barneveld (8/1).

Taylor had to come from 3-2 down to beat Robert Thornton 7-5 on Thursday and despite being far from his best in 2014, he insists he still has a chance of winning the Premier League.

“Next week’s going to be another ding-dong,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “It’s been the best Premier League I’ve ever played in.

“I’ve got a chance to win it. This is the second tournament to the World Championship – that’s how much it means to everybody.”

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