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04 Apr 2018 by HUGZ

​2018 Unibet Premier League Darts – Gary Anderson vs Rob Cross Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 5th April

Where? Echo Arena, Liverpool

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Mix

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? www.echoarena.co.uk

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CAREER HEAD-TO-HEAD
Gary Anderson 5-0 Rob Cross

GARY ANDERSON

  • Gary Anderson enjoyed a 7-4 victory against Mensur Suljovic last time out, and in doing so he registered back-to-back wins for the first time in this year’s Premier League.
  • Anderson has now moved into the play-off positions and is unbeaten in his last five Premier League matches, with his last defeat came against Michael van Gerwen on night three.
  • He maintained his recent excellent level of finishing during his win over Suljovic where his match checkout percentage was 50%. Overall, his checkout percentage over his last five Premier League matches is 55%.

ROB CROSS

  • Rob Cross saw his five-match winning streak in the Premier League end last week courtesy of a 7-5 defeat against Daryl Gurney. It was a match in which Cross had led 4-2 before Gurney won five of the remaining six legs.
  • Despite losing to Gurney, Cross averaged over 100 for the third consecutive Premier League game, and his average of 100.16 was his third highest of the campaign so far.
  • Cross still tops the tournament checkout percentage chart in the Premier League – his tournament checkout percentage is 49% and over his last five Premier League matches he has hit 66% of his attempts at doubles.

THE PREDICTION

A high-quality game is expected between the two players sitting in third and fourth positions in the Premier League table. Both of them had a slow start to the Premier League season but have picked up the pace and are now in the play-off places where they belong. When analysing who will come out on top in this encounter, the head-to-head record between the pair perhaps can’t be ignored with Anderson winning on all five previous occasions when they have met, which includes three wins during 2018.

There is no doubting Cross has the ability to defeat Anderson but the Flying Scotsman must feel extra confidence due to his recent successes against Voltage and this could lead to a sixth consecutive win.