Michael van Gerwen is aiming to carry winning momentum into the Premier League Darts play-offs by signing off the regular season with a pair of victories.

Michael van GerwenDespite last week’s 7-4 defeat to Gary Anderson, van Gerwen heads to Newcastle in pole position in the table and with his place in the play-offs in London on May 22 already guaranteed.

Now the main focus for van Gerwen, who is sponsored by leading trade paint manufacturer Leyland Paints, is to ensure he enjoys the perfect preparation in the lead-up to finals night later this month.

“Last week was disappointing but I have to look at the bigger picture which is very positive,” said the 25-year-old world champion.

“I’m top of the table and in good form so I’m going to Newcastle full of confidence.

“The important thing now is to make sure my form is as strong as possible for the play-offs and that makes the next two weeks really important.”

Van Gerwen will take on his fellow Dutch ace and five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld in Newcastle in a game between Holland’s two biggest darting stars.

“It’s always special when I play Raymond because he has achieved some brilliant things in the game and has led the way in Holland,” added van Gerwen.

“Raymond is playing very well this year and, like me, has already qualified for the play-offs.

“In that sense the pressure is off a little bit but it is a game that both of us will be desperate to win.”

Van Gerwen’s fellow Premier League star Simon Whitlock and former world champion Mark Webster are also sponsored by Leyland Paints.

Leyland Paints was founded in 1922 and has a long and distinguished history of affordable, trade quality paints.

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