Raymond van Barneveld expecting tough challenge in all-Dutch darts clash with Michael van Gerwen in Bournemouth
Raymond van Barneveld expects a tough test when he faces Michael van Gerwen in tonight's McCoy's Premier League Darts clash at The Bournemouth International Centre.
The five-time world champion has won his two Premier League games this season, beating both Gary Anderson and Wes Newton.
This Is Dorset will be bringing you coverage of all tonight's action, including the all-Dutch match - which could prove to be van Barneveld's biggest test so far this campaign.
"This week I've got Michael van Gerwen and, behind Phil Taylor, he's the player in the best form and he was in the World Championship final, so there's a lot of pressure" said van Barneveld.
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"He's a fellow countryman so this week we're going to see who is the best Dutchman at the moment. It's exciting."
Van Barneveld is keen to make a good start to his Premier League campaign because after nine weeks, the bottom two players are relegated.
The Dutchman will be targeting a playoff spot, and will see himself as one of the favourites to win the championship.
Van Barneveld is full of praise for tonight's opponent, and believes van Gerwen could develop into a one of the best darts players in history.
"What we saw of Michael in the last ten years is unreal" added van Barneveld.
"He is exceptional, a great player and he could win many World Championship titles from now. He could be one of the best players ever."
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Tonight's McCoy's Premier League Darts schedule at Bournemouth
James Wade v Adrian Lewis
Robert Thornton v Wes Newton
Simon Whitlock v Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Andy Hamilton v Gary Anderson