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Adrian Lewis: Darts in Dublin is a daunting experience, but one I love

Adrian, Premier League Darts hops across the water to Dublin this week. Is it one of your favourite venues on tour?

When we played in Ireland last year it was a fantastic night. There was that many fans there, and such a great atmosphere that it felt like playing in a cage. When you look around at the Dublin O2,  the seats are almost on top you. It’s quite a daunting experience, but one I always look forward to.

You’ve had a mixed start to the Premier League this year. Do you feel that you’re starting to find some form as we move towards the business end of the action?

Obviously starting with four losses was very disappointing but I managed to pull it together for the following four weeks. I know that if I’d hit a few doubles then results could have quite easily gone the other way. I’m just looking forward to the games ahead now.

Who do you think presents the biggest challenge for the title this year?

I think Mighty Mike has been brilliant as expected, but Robert Thornton has been on fire beating Simon Whitlock 7 – 1 with almost a 130 average, had he made a few doubles. He’s also beaten Phil Taylor so I think he’s also got a great chance.

There have been mixed results for some of the big guns this year, including Phil Taylor. Do you think that has that given players like Robert Thornton added belief?

I believe so, Robert Thornton and Andy Hamilton have beaten Phil so far so their confidence will be high off that. They’re both grinders and great fighters and have as good a chance as anybody else.

Finally, we know you are a big Stoke City fan. Are the Potters going to stay up?!

I think we will, just about. We’ve got a tough run-in, but if we can win our home games, which we haven’t been doing of late, I think we’ve got a decent chance.