Gary Anderson remains positive about his prospects in the Cazoo Premier League ahead of his crucial meeting with Michael Smith at Dublin's 3Arena on Thursday night.
Two-time Premier League winner Anderson currently sits bottom of the table, with 2018 runner-up Smith one place and one point ahead.
Since meeting in the Night Six final in Nottingham on March 17, which Anderson won 6-4, neither player has won a quarter-final tie, leaving the pair cut adrift at the wrong end of the ladder.
However, Anderson remains optimistic that both of their fortunes can change over the remaining five league nights and is expecting a good game against his former protégé.
"Michael's been in a couple of finals this season and we all know how good he can be," said Anderson.
"It's a few weeks now since he's won and he's in a bit of a rut, similar to me, and it's hard to get out of it.
"Even winning your first game one night can change things around but the more you lose the harder it gets.
"If you get a couple of results, all of a sudden things can change the other way. The way this Premier League's gone, if you get a shot and don't take it you're bang in trouble and we both know that.
"I always seem to turn up and play well against Michael - even in some of the floor tournaments we've had some brilliant matches."
Despite a difficult campaign so far, Anderson has not given up hope of reaching the Play-Offs and adding winning a third Premier League title.
"If you can win the next three weeks then it's 15 points and I know I'm right in the mix for the Play-Offs," Anderson added.
"If I play like I did the night that I won in Nottingham then I'll be okay - it's just that those nights are too few and far between at the moment."
The quarter-finals will also see league leader Jonny Clayton take on Peter Wright, who currently occupies the fourth Play-Off place.
Second plays third as Michael van Gerwen meets James Wade, while Play-Off chasers Gerwyn Price and Joe Cullen face off.
Coverage will be broadcast from 1900 BST through Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland, through the PDC's global broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay and through PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.
Night 12 - 3Arena, Dublin
Thursday April 28
James Wade v Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
Jonny Clayton v Peter Wright
Each night will see quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final played over the best of 11 legs (first to six). In all fixtures, the player named on the left of the draw will throw first in the opening leg, with the throw alternating from then on.
Each player will meet the other seven players twice over the course of the season in a quarter-final game, plus two further nights will feature additional fixtures in the same format.
Night Winner - 5 points + £10,000 bonus
Runner-Up - 3 points
Semi-Finalists - 2 points
Semi-Finalists £85,000 each
Fifth in League Table £75,000
Sixth in League Table £70,000
Seventh in League Table £65,000
Eighth in League Table £60,000
Nightly Winner Bonus £10,000 x16