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Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson Premier League Darts live stream - MVG out to secure top spot

Brendan O'Neill in Darts 11 May 2017
The duo played out a thrilling draw earlier in the season (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen aims to advance to the 2017 Premier League Play-Offs as group stage winner by overcoming rival Gary Anderson in Aberdeen on Thursday night.

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Defending champion Van Gerwen enters the evening in the box seat with a one point cushion over Peter Wright as his bids to finish top of the pile for the fifth consecutive season.

Still smarting from his whitewash defeat at the hands of Wright in last Sunday's European Grand Prix final, MVG looks to get one over on the colourful Scot by picking up maximum points against Anderson to clinch the £25,000 league winner's bonus.

The box office pair played out a 6-6 draw in the reverse fixture back in Week One, each averaging in excess of 103, and a similarly close-run encounter looks to be on the cards in front of a partisan Scottish crowd.

MVG celebrates victory in January's World Championship final (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)6x5x4x3xAnderson's win over James Wade last week saw him book a trip to The O2 for the fourth season running as he looks to challenge for a third Premier League title since 2011.

The world number two has failed to defeat his Dutch nemesis in their last five televised meetings and could potentially face off with him once again in next week's Semi-Finals or Final.

Anderson cannot finish higher than third but would be leapfrogged by Phil Taylor if he defeats Adrian Lewis and 'The Flying Scotsman' suffers defeat to Van Gerwen.

The match gets underway from around 9.30pm BST and will be contested over the best of 12 legs at the GE Oil & Gas Arena in Aberdeen.

Match permutations:

A Van Gerwen win will see him finish topIf Wright wins 7-2, 7-3, 7-4 or 7-5, Van Gerwen only needs a draw to finish top.If Wright wins 7-5 with six Legs Won Against Throw, Van Gerwen would need to draw with at least one Leg Won Against Throw.If Wright draws, Van Gerwen only needs two legs to finish top (or three legs if Wright won all six legs against throw).

Player's view:

Van Gerwen: "Last year was fantastic in Aberdeen and it's a great memory for me, but I have to focus on this week's game because Gary's in good form.

"He's won his last couple of matches so I know I've got to prepare myself. My aim was to finish top and it's still in my hands, so I'll do everything I can to achieve it this week."

Anderson: "I've got wins when I've needed to in the last two weeks and it's all about getting into the top four, but it will be really good to play Michael.

"If I turn up, Michael knows what game he's going to get, and it's the same the other way around too.

"He's in my country now and I'm looking forward to it. I played Barney in Holland this year and it was great to see the support behind him, and hopefully it will be the same for me too this week."

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