Daryl Gurney 6-6 Gary Anderson
It’s a pivotal night in the Premier League for fifth-placed Daryl Gurney as he chases a top four finish in his debut season in the competition. Gurney starts the night three points behind fourth-placed Michael Smith and faces a double-header of matches against Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock.
Last night in Rotterdam he was beaten by 7-3 by Rob Cross - his first Premier League defeat since night four.
His performance against Cross was statistically his worst of the 2018 Premier League campaign so far. His average of 91.71 and first nine-dart average of 91.82 were his lowest match totals of the season and he only managed one score of 180.
Gary Anderson enjoyed a tremendous evening in Rotterdam on night 11, picking up four points from two matches to move within a point of second-placed Rob Cross and three points behind league leader Michael van Gerwen.
In his first match on Wednesday night Anderson demolished Michael Smith 7-2, registering a 2018 Premier League high average of 110.83 in the process. In his second match he took out ton-plus finishes in three consecutive legs on his way to a 7-3 win over Rob Cross.
Anderson has now won five of his last six Premier League matches and he has only lost one of his last nine matches in the competition.
Gary Anderson was in sublime form on Wednesday night in Rotterdam when he won matches against play-off chasing rivals Michael Smith and Rob Cross. If Anderson turns up tonight in the same form then Daryl Gurney would struggle to live with the twice former Premier League champion.
Gurney will be very disappointed with how he performed against Rob Cross on night 11 as his standard was well below what he had producing and it may have been just a blip. Gurney does have a good record against Anderson in recent matches having won three and drawn one of their last four encounters. When they met earlier in the 2018 Premier League season, they drew 6-6 with Gurney having missed match darts to win the match 7-5.
It may be hard for Anderson to reach the same heights he did on Wednesday night and you would expect an improvement from Gurney but the Scotsman still looks to have the edge. He is full of confidence and will really take some stopping in the mood he is in.