Gerwyn Price has vowed to win the Premier League darts – even if he doesn’t deserve a top-four place.
The Iceman has been forced to play catch-up for much of the season, having struggled with a hand injury and missing a night in Brighton. He has struggled for form and suffered a number of early exits, but he got back on track in the nick of time in Sheffield last week, winning the night to close to within two points of Peter Wright in the all-important fourth spot.
With Wright completely out of form, Price is many people’s favourite to creep into the top four and be there on play-off night in Berlin. If he does, the Welshman is confident he will go all the way.
“I’ve been rubbish for the past two or three months,” he said via Online Darts TV. “I’ve been scraping 91, 92, 93 averages and losing. To blow out the first two games with 100-plus averages [in Sheffield], when the pressure is on… There’s a lot more in the tank, a lot more to come.
“If I get into the top four, I will win it. I know I’ll have scraped through. If I’m number four, number three, whatever, I know if I get into that top four I will win this event.
“I possibly don’t deserve to be there. But sometimes in tournaments, when you get a bit of luck, you go on and win. And if I get through, I’ve definitely had a bit of luck.”
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There are just two regular nights of the season remaining before the play-offs. On Thursday, at London’s O2, Price faces leader Jonny Clayton while Wright is due to take on James Wade, who has been recovering from illness.
Then in Newcastle, on the final night of the regular season, the line-up is determined by positions. As it stands, there is the prospect of a mouth-watering play-off decider between Price and Wright.
“At the moment, I’m probably better than Peter’s been playing,” said Price. “Although I’ve been playing rubbish, Peter’s probably just the same or even worse than I have. If it comes down to the crunch in Newcastle, I’m going to do it.”
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