James Wade’s sensational form has taken him to the top of the Premier League table and he knows he has the game to stay there.
He has lost just one of his five games in the Premier League this campaign with his scoring and finishing coming together beautifully. Not know for his power-scoring, Wade is averaging 101.84 for the tournament and has hit 16 180s so far, only Michael Smith has more with 18, though he has the highest checkout ratio in the tournament at 51.67%.
However, Wade is not fussed about the numbers, just the results. I’m happy with how the season’s going so far, I still believe I’m one of the best in the world, if not the best at chosen times,’ said the world number nine.
I know I can play darts and I believe every dart player knows I can, and I can hurt anyone. But it’s the same as every story, talk is cheap. People think darts is all about averages but people are concentrating too much on numbers rather than just enjoying themselves.
The 35-year-old takes on Mensur Suljovic this week as he looks to remain at the top of the table, ahead of three men currently on the same points as him. Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price are all level on seven points going into the Nottingham contests, and with MVG facing Price, it is a good chance to move away from one of them.
Van Gerwen is coming off a defeat to Wade and a draw with contender John Henderson, so is desperate to get back to winning ways.
I’ve shown many times that I have what it takes to bounce back from disappointing results and come back stronger,’ said the world number one. I am aiming for that to start on Thursday night.
Premier League Week Six Fixtures in Nottingham
Nathan Aspinall vs Michael Smith
James Wade vs Mensur Suljović
Rob Cross vs Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price vs Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright vs Daryl Gurney