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17 Apr 2018 by TSZ

2018 Unibet Premier League Darts – Michael Smith vs Gary Anderson Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Wednesday 18th April

Where? Rotterdam Ahoy

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action

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

Are tickets still available? www.ticketmaster.nl

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CAREER HEAD-TO-HEAD
Michael Smith 3-8 Gary Anderson

MICHAEL SMITH

  • Michael Smith lost 7-5 to Rob Cross last Thursday night but still maintained his number two spot in the Premier League table on leg difference ahead of Cross.
  • That defeat was only the third Smith has suffered in the 2018 Premier League; two of those losses have been inflicted by Cross, and the other reversal came at the hands of Michael van Gerwen.
  • Smith’s average of 96.34 against Cross was his third highest average of the 2018 Premier League season, although his checkout percentage of 29.4% was his second lowest of the campaign.

GARY ANDERSON

  • This could well be a key night for Gary Anderson in the 2018 Premier League. He occupies fourth place in the table and faces matches against second-placed Michael Smith and third-placed Rob Cross.
  • Anderson emphatically defeated Peter Wright 7-2 last Thursday night in Sheffield and whilst doing so he recorded an impressive average of 104.26.
  • The Flying Scotsman has now won three out of his last four Premier League matches and overall has lost only one of his last seven matches in the competition.

THE PREDICTION

Extra bragging rights as well as crucial league points are at stake in a match which has plenty of friendly competitive rivalry between two players who know each other very well. When they met on night one of the 2018 Premier League, Smith overturned a 5-1 deficit to win 7-5, though it has to be said that Anderson was struggling badly with a back complaint during the game and his condition is much improved since then. Prior to that encounter, Anderson had won five matches in a row against his former protégé and he will certainly be well motivated to prove that his defeat against Smith in February was just a blip due to injury.

Although Smith is capable of pushing an on-form Gary Anderson hard, the Scotsman has the ability to move up to a higher level of play which might be the deciding factor in this encounter.

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