Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld to discuss their rivalry on the eve of the Premier League Darts clash

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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld discuss their rivalry ahead of Premier League darts clash

Two Dutch legends collide when the Prime Minister leads the League in Rotterdam this Thursday

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld will meet in the Dutch dust-when the Premier League Roadshow Hits Rotterdam in tuck, double Header, but what they think about each other.

Barney shook the rapid world to beat van Gerwen 4-3 at the World Championship in 2016, but it was a different story, after 12 months, as mvg got revenge with a 6-2 demolition of tournament-record average 114.05.

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April 18, 2018, 7:00 PM

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And van Gerwen kept RVD on stage at the Alexandra Palace, with a 5-4 success in December to stamp his authority on their big rivalry.

These Dutch idols met 53 times in all competitions with van Gerwen leading the way 34-18 and one draw. In 13 meetings in the Premier League mvg leads 8-4 with one draw.

11 – 18 April in Ahoy Rotterdam

Michael Smith in Gary Anderson
Rob Cross in Daryl Gurney
Raymond Van Barneveld in Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright in Michael Van Gerwen
Rob Cross in Gary Anderson

Van Gerwen and Barney both openly talked about the other ahead of their meeting on Thursday evening. Here’s what they said…

As you defeat your opponent in this game?

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld discuss their rivalry ahead of Premier League darts clash

Mvg: I’m going to beat him like I usually do when I play all the other players. I’ll just play my best game and try to perform on the night to my attention to go and try to knock in some good results and a good finish at the right time.

Barney: it’s not easy to play with him in Holland. I also told the Dutch press, you need to ideally have the whole Dutch crowd behind him, but now it will be only half. Fifty percent of Michael and fifty percent mine, and you don’t want that. If you have a home game you want to get the whole crowd is behind you and shout for you. Me and Mike are not satisfied that we are going to clash against each other.

What will the atmosphere in Rotterdam?

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld discuss their rivalry ahead of Premier League darts clash

The crowd erupted for the Dutch hero Raymond van Barneveld when the Premier League made its first trip to Rotterdam

Mvg: Rotterdam will be amazing for both of us. It is an extraordinary place, full of orange fans and I’m really looking forward to it. I think it will be 50/50, but you never know. They can support a favorite or underdog, you just don’t know. We are both looking forward to this game; it’s a big game for both of us. It will definitely be a good game to watch.

Barney: it’s hard to tell. The last two years I went on stage here, and they treated me like a king. They sang army Barney and sing while dressed in orange. But now it’s different, because you were playing your compatriot, countryman. I don’t know if he will get the crowd on his side or me.

This mvg Barney in the biggest game on the planet Darts?

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld discuss their rivalry ahead of Premier League darts clash

Mvg: no, I think it was me against Gary Anderson. He is a better player than Barney and his level is higher than Raymond, I think. We always play good games. There are no tricks between us, we just play Darts. We both Bang in the big ten.

Barney: I don’t think so, no. I would say that Gary Anderson vs Michael van Gerwen and Rob cross vs Michael van Gerwen the most important matches at the moment. This is not Barney and van Gerwen, because I’m only 12 In the world and he’s not 1. Am I the only one who plays in the TOP 12 that doesn’t win tournaments, and I won the tournament for four years running, so I don’t think so.

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld discuss their rivalry ahead of Premier League darts clash

D18, D18 van Gerwen made amazing 114.05 average in the victory over van Barneveld in the World Championship 2017

You close friends?

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld discuss their rivalry ahead of Premier League darts clash

Mvg: we are good colleagues. We travel a lot and tell each other a lot. It’s not like I’m going to his house for a Cup of coffee, but we get along fine.

Barney: we’ll get along. We often travel together, we laugh and go to dinner together. Friends are different words because we don’t come and tell each other in our personal lives. We share a lot of tournaments together and got along very well.

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld discuss their rivalry ahead of Premier League darts clash

Grand master of RVB in the past year broke van Gerwen impressive 44-game unbeaten television series in Manchester…

You have a funny story you can tell about each other?

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld discuss their rivalry ahead of Premier League darts clash

Mvg: I once put the Instagram story about when he slept during the flight, and I put it up because he was snoring next to me, which was ridiculous.

Barney: we had a laugh and I think he’s great and he thinks I’m great. He always makes funny jokes when we fly together to the tournaments. Sometimes when I’m sleeping, he tries to keep me awake but I do the same with him. It’s a bit like Dennis the menace.

Barney: who knows. Say I win, while he will say he will win, and then there’s option number three, because it can be a draw. The match on Wednesday evening against Simon Witoka more importantly, because I have to win this one to keep my hopes alive. If the result is bad, your mind will tell you, Ray, it’s over, You can’t reach the semi-finals’. How important it would be to beat Michael van Gerwen, if you have nothing to play?

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April 19, 2018 7:00 PM

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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld spoke to sky sports times Mirza. Wednesday and Thursday Prime-2018 leaders of the League in Rotterdam Ahoy for darting double-Header week 11 & 12. Coverage starts from 7pm on Sky Sport and sky Sports main event on Wednesday, Thursday event goes from 7pm on sky sports action

Night 12 – 19 April in Ahoy Rotterdam

Simon Whitlock in Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney in Gary Anderson
Rob Cross in Peter Wright
Michael Van Gerwen in Raymond Van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney in Simon Whitlock

Then three weeks of tungsten action will continue in Manchester, Birmingham and Aberdeen until the end of the season with the playoffs on 17 may at the O2 in London. Get the latest Darts news, announcements, reports, reaction and expert analysis. Get all the latest on www.skysports.com/darts and join in the conversation @SkySportsDarts – don’t forget to use #LoveTheDarts

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