Michael van Gerwen confident despite Premier League and UK Open defeats: ‘I am the most feared opponent’

Michael van Gerwen is looking to bounce back from two defeats (Picture: PDC/Michael Cooper)

Michael van Gerwen has not let a rare pair of back-to-back defeats knock his confidence, reminding everyone that he is ‘the most feared opponent’.

Van Gerwen was beaten for the first time in the Premier League last Thursday by James Wade, then fell at his first hurdle in the UK Open on Friday night, being ousted by Merv King.

It represents a really poor week for the world number one who was targeting a first UK Open title since 2016.

The three-time world champion has a fierce winning mentality, though, and is ready to get another Premier League victory under his belt when he faces John Henderson in Aberdeen on Thursday night.

Van Gerwen never lacks confidence (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I didn’t perform to my best in the last two matches but fair play to James Wade and Mervyn King, they played good games to beat me,’ said the world champion.

‘Those games are gone now and I have to focus 100 per cent on the next game against John Henderson, who is a player I have a lot of respect for and I know he’ll be up for it in front of the amazing Scottish fans.

‘Any match or tournament I don’t win is a bad one for me but that doesn’t say anything for the next match – the same as it wouldn’t say anything if I had won the UK Open.

‘Everybody can see from the table for the last six years that I am the most feared opponent for the other players and I know that if I play my best, I win. It is simple as that.’

John Henderson will not want to be on the end of a Van Gerwen backlash (Picture: Getty Images)

The man tasked with beating Van Gerwen for a third straight match is John Henderson, who is the latest ‘contender’ in the Premier League.

None of the four ‘contenders’ so far have managed to win a match, but both Chris Dobey and Luke Humphries have picked up impressive draws against Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price respectively.

World number 21, Henderson, knows he is up against it in front of his home crowd: ‘I’m playing against the best player in the world, so I’ve got nothing to lose and I’m going to go up there and enjoy it.’

Premier League Week Five fixtures

  • Michael Smith vs Rob Cross
  • Daryl Gurney vs James Wade
  • Mensur Suljovic vs Gerwyn Price
  • Raymond van Barneveld vs Peter Wright
  • Michael van Gerwen vs John Henderson

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