Huybrechts next up for Snakebite
Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will look to return to winning ways in the Betway Premier League this evening when he takes on Kim Huybrechts in Cardiff.
Wright, who won a European Tour event in Germany at the weekend, lost to Phil Taylor last time out and was subsequently replaced at the top of the standings by world number one Michael van Gerwen.
In Huybrechts, Wright is up against someone that has already been eliminated from the competition and is now bidding to avoid becoming the first player to never win a game during a Premier League campaign.
Mendham-based Wright has won seven of his last eight encounters with the Belgian.
Elsewhere, reigning champion Van Gerwen saw his unbeaten run ended by Raymond van Barneveld in Manchester last week, and he takes on Dave Chisnall this time around.
“It was disappointing to lose to Raymond but that game’s gone now and I have to prepare myself properly for this week,” said Van Gerwen.
“I’m top of the table and that’s where I want to be, but it’s close between everyone so you can’t afford any more mistakes. Dave’s a brilliant player and he’s one of the biggest scorers in the game, so I know I’ve got to be on form.”
Meanwhile, 2014 champion Van Barneveld continues his top-four bid as he looks to claim a fourth straight victory when he plays James Wade.
“It’s really competitive and it’s great that I’ve beaten the number two and the number one in the world in the last two weeks,” said Van Barneveld.
“My form is there and the last two weeks have been great, but now I have to focus on James.”
Adrian Lewis is also looking to extend his three-game winning streak as he plays world number two Gary Anderson, with the Stoke ace’s run of form ending his fears of being drawn into an elimination battle.
“It’s not going too bad, points-wise,” said Lewis. “I know I’m coming into form and I’m practising hard.
“I just go up there and try my best, and at the moment the results are coming even if I’m not at my best. I’ve had three wins on the trot and I want to keep that going now.”
Anderson and Lewis have clashed twice in World Championship finals as well as in the 2011 Premier League final, and the Scot is predicting another entertaining contest in Cardiff.
“The games usually get built up but Adrian’s back playing how we know he can,” said Anderson.
“He’s a good friend of mine and he has me in stitches all the time, laughing about things, but we’ll go up there and the best man will win on the night.
“I’ve had a lot of draws and games I could have won. I’m trying to get more time on the practice board and I’m going to put the work in.”
Taylor joined Anderson and Lewis on nine points in the table when he defeated former table-topper Wright in Manchester and he meets eliminated Dutch ace Jelle Klaasen in Wales.
“Jelle will be dangerous because he’ll want to finish on a high and there’s no pressure on him - but it’s the same feeling for me too,” said Taylor.
“I’m enjoying it and I’m not going to put myself under pressure.
“I’ve had 30 years of being under pressure week-in and week-out, and I’ve earned the right to enjoy myself a little bit, but I’m going to keep pushing to get into the top four.”