MVG eyeing up fourth triumph
Michael van Gerwen is eager to add to his PDC World Championship haul of three titles, which he feels should already be a little bit higher.
Mighty Mike took the PDC crown in 2014, 2017 and 2019, while he has also lost in two further finals - including 12 months ago when he was beaten 7-3 by Peter Wright.
In my opinion it should have been five.Michael van Gerwen
And the Dutchman believes that he should have won more in the past, although he is keen to point out that he is not haunted by perceived failures.
He told NOS Sport: "In my opinion it should have been five. You can only blame yourself for that, so you have to keep working hard to make sure it works.
"Whether it bothers me? No, but of course it's a shame."
Van Gerwen heads into the World Championship on the back of a success at the Players Championship Finals, a triumph which ended an unusually poor run of form for the Dutch thrower.
And his success has clearly left him feeling confident as he prepares for the biggest tournament on the darts calendar.
He added in The Guardian: "I feel good and I think I can do some really good damage in this World Championship. Winning tournaments: that's the only thing that counts to me.
"But also, it's about your way to a tournament. How's your focus? How's your sleep been? What's the combination between your private life and work life? Everything has to be good to create something phenomenal at a dartboard."
Van Gerwen is priced at 1212/1 to win a fourth world title, with defending champion Wright 1212/1 and Gerwyn Price available at 4/6.
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