Peter Wright offers to help Michael van Gerwen after Premier League thrashing

Peter Wright has told Michael van Gerwen to come and talk to him if he wants some help after thrashing the Dutchman 8-1 in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

The world champion destroyed the world number one as MVG turned in his third lowest average in the history of the Premier League (91.54) and finds himself outside of the top four with just three league games to play.

Mighty Mike has never failed to reach the final of the Premier League in seven entries into the tournament, but with Glen Durrant. Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney still to play, he is in danger of missing out on Finals Night entirely.

Wright, who averaged 105.09 in a fantastic display, and climbs to fourth in the table, could see MVG struggling, and offered him a helping hand if he wants it.

‘I was waiting for him, but thinking, “Why am I waiting? He wouldn’t wait for me, he’d go out and destroy you.”‘ Wright told Online Darts.

‘But that’s the sort of player I am. “Come on Michael, play darts like you can!” But I took advantage of a Michael van Gerwen that’s nowhere near his game.

‘It could be [the worst I’ve seen him play], we all know that Michael would normally do that [average] with two darts.

‘He’ll be alright, back tomorrow, have his head on and he’ll have a job to do tomorrow, playing Glen.

‘He’ll want to prove to the world and his fans that he’s still the player he is and the game between Michael and Glen will be fantastic.

‘I don’t think it’s far away, but I can help you out, Michael. If you want to come and talk to me, come and talk to me.

‘It’s very tough, I don’t think in any way in the world we’d see the same Premier League in normal times. It’s very, very difficult, but it’s great for darts.’

It was a crucial win for Snakebite after losing his three previous games and he keeps his play-off hopes alive, despite claiming that he was suffering with blurred vision during the match.

‘I was struggling with my contact lenses up there, everything seemed really blurred, but now it’s perfect, with the pressure off,’ the world champ told Sky Sports.

‘Obviously Michael didn’t play like he could. I knew my job tonight was to put him under pressure, but I didn’t.’

Van Gerwen has now lost four of his last six Premier League games but showed a superb attitude in defeat, as always.

Van Gerwen’s chances of making the play-offs are still very much alive with just five points separating Anderson in second and Michael Smith in seventh with three games to play.

Durrant tops the table and is the only player to have secured a place at Finals Night, while Daryl Gurney has joined Rob Cross in being eliminated, but there is everything to play for for the rest of the field.

The remaining three league matches are played on 3-5 September in Milton Keynes.

Thursday 3 September fixtures

  • Gerwyn Price vs Daryl Gurney
  • Gary Anderson vs Michael Smith
  • Peter Wright vs Nathan Aspinall
  • Glen Durrant vs Michael van Gerwen

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