Simon Whitlock has backed Gary Anderson to beat Michael van Gerwen in their huge Grand Slam of Darts second round match on Saturday night.
The two former world champions meet in the last 16 in Coventry with the winner going on to face Whitlock in the quarter-finals.
Van Gerwen will undoubtedly be the favourite for the contest, with the world number one winning all three of his group stage matches, dropping just four legs in the process.
However, when posed the possibility of facing the two legends of the game in the next stage, the Wizard said he fancies the Flying Scotsman to progress.
‘It doesn’t matter, I actually think Gary will win, so we’ll see what happens,’ said Whitlock on a possible quarter-final match-up after beating Adam Hunt in the last 16.
‘I’ve got more wins over Michael than Gary over the last 10 years on TV, but that’s only because of the last two.
‘Look, I know how to beat Michael on stage now and that’s amazing for me.’
Whitlock has hammered Van Gerwen in their last two meetings in TV majors, with the Aussie downing the Dutchman at the Matchplay and the Grand Prix this year.
Asked whether he has the world number one’s number by Online Darts, Whitlock said: ‘Definitely yeah. The next game I play I’m going to be 100% switched on, I’m going to be there for the kill again.
‘There’s no secret really [to beating MVG], just play good darts and believe you can beat him.’
Van Gerwen is looking forward to a clash with his old rival Anderson, but also had some stern words for world champion Peter Wright, who claimed MVG is no threat to him at the upcoming World Championship.
Snakebite crashed out of the Grand Slam at the group stage and Mighty Mike labelled him ‘childish’ for his comments.
‘That’s what Peter Wright says all the time, that’s typical Peter,’ said Van Gerwen.
‘No one really believes him anymore. He says this when he doesn’t have to say it, it’s a bit childish.’
The remaining second round matches are played on Saturday, with Jose de Sousa, Dimitri Van den Bergh and James Wade joining Whitlock in the quarters on Friday.
Wade hammered Ian White 10-4 in the last 16 and believes that when he hits peak form he will be the best player on the planet.
‘I think if I turn it up in the right place I win it easy,’ the Machine told Sky Sports. ‘But if I don’t there’s so many great dart players now, it’s bloody hard.
‘At my best I am the best, but talk is cheap.
‘Unfortunately there’s a lot of dart players that are playing very well and it’s quite a close camp.’
In a fantastic line-up on Saturday night, Michael Smith also takes on Rob Cross, Devon Petersen plays Damon Heta and Gerwyn Price takes on Nathan Aspinall.
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