James Wade is preparing to play two matches on night ten of the McCoy’s Premier League season and is targeting a double victory to boost his play-off hopes.

‘The Machine’, who won the prestigious tournament in 2009, is in a healthy position in the league table – tied at the top with Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld.

Wade will face van Gerwen, who he defeated in Glasgow a fortnight ago, after his match against Adrian Lewis, who he also beat in their first fixture.

Wade said: “I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work this year so it is no surprise to me that I’m in good form but it is pleasing to have had a good first half to the Premier League because the second half of the season is usually my strongest.

“I think it could suit me playing twice and a couple of wins would go a long way to me finishing in the play-offs or even winning the league.

“It won’t be easy against Michael, who is also going for the play-offs, or Adrian, who did brilliantly to survive after his poor start.

“But it is never going to be easy to win games in a tournament like this, which is why I’ve had to put the work in.

“I’m looking forward to Sheffield and two wins has to be my target.”

By Chris Murphy

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