Gerwyn Price admits that there’s added pressure on him in the Premier League on Thursday evening as he performs in entrance of his personal followers in Wales.
The Iceman takes on Daryl Gurney on Thursday evening and is assured a rapturous reception at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
His standing as the pantomime villain of the oche has died down a bit in latest months, however Cardiff has beforehand been his secure haven away from the boos, the solely place he was positive to be effectively acquired.
The world quantity three had constructed up a military of followers round the world by now, and the boos will not be fairly so loud wherever he goes, and now he finds taking part in with the crowd on his facet all the extra pressurised.
‘Last year playing in Cardiff, I was having a lot of grief in all the other venues, so to go there and get cheered, which I wasn’t used to, it was good and particularly to get a win,’ Price informed Metro.co.uk.
‘I think there’s most likely a little bit bit extra pressure on me this yr to get a win as effectively. But I’m assured that I can.’
Price downed Michael Smith in the Welsh capital final yr and can be making an attempt to do the similar towards Daryl Gurney this week.
The Iceman is the scorching favorite to win as Gurney is the solely man to choose up two losses from two matches to date in the Premier League, whereas Price is undefeated with a pair of attracts, towards Smith and Rob Cross.
The Welshman holds a superb document towards the Northern Irishman, main their head-to-head 9-Three with two attracts.
The different Welshman in motion in entrance of the dwelling crowd is that this week’s Challenger Jonny Clayton, who’s taking over Smith in his one-off look in the competitors.
Price is delighted for his Wales World Cup team-mate to get a crack in the competitors and is glad they stored the two local boys aside.
‘I think it would have been a bit stupid to chuck me and Jonny in so they’d solely get one recreation for the crowd. I believe it’s most likely higher to be taking part in any individual else,’ mentioned the Iceman.
‘I believe it will have been flawed if anybody else had acquired it. Jamie [Lewis] has accomplished effectively the final two years, had run in the Worlds a few years in the past, however Jonny might be extra constant.
‘He’s quantity two in Wales and if anybody else had acquired it, it will have been a bit disappointing.’
Premier League Week Three Fixtures
- Peter Wright vs Rob Cross
- Jonny Clayton vs Michael Smith
- Michael van Gerwen vs Nathan Aspinall
- Daryl Gurney vs Gerwyn Price
- Glen Durrant vs Gary Anderson