If anyone is going to put an end to the Michael van Gerwen show, it’s almost certainly going to be the two-time world champion Gary Anderson.
But the worrying thing for the Flying Scotsman – and for every player on the PDC circuit for that matter – is that tonight’s defeat to the world number one was his third in a row.
Out to prove that last year’s incredible run of 25 titles was by no means a fluke, Mighty Mike picked up his second trophy of 2017 this evening in Milton Keynes – and we’re still in January.
This frightening spell of dominance is even more remarkable when you consider just how competitive the sport is right now.
If you weren’t aware of how sublime the standard is, it’s worth noting that 16-time champion of the world, Phil Taylor, is currently sixth in the Order of Merit.
So just how do you beat MVG?
It’s a question that every player will be asking themselves right now. But there’s just no answer.
If you outscore him, he’ll beat you on the doubles. If you find yourself throwing for doubles, he’ll up his game to get down to that point before you.
Comfortable playing on any stage in the world, regardless of whether the fans are cheering his name or booing him – there’s simply nothing anyone can do to beat him.
The last time he lost a match on any stage was in October 2016 to Daryl Gurney in a race to six legs.
Though we don’t mean to take anything away from Gurney’s performance that day, we have to put that down to a poor show from MVG himself.
The result the next time the pair met? 5-1 in sets to Van Gerwen.
It’s going to take something or someone very special to stop this MVG train, but we could be waiting a very long time for that to happen.
Until then, there’s no way we’d back against the Dutchman losing any match he finds himself in.
It’s no surprise to see him priced up as the 8/15 favourite to win the Premier League. And even though that’s an incredibly short price, it’d have to be considered as decent value for a man enjoying the form of his career.
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