When? Thursday 17th May
Where? The O2, London
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.axs.com
Michael van Gerwen 10-2 Rob Cross
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN
When these two players last faced-off in a semi-final last December at the World Championship, Rob Cross ousted Michael van Gerwen in a last-leg decider on his way to winning the title. They have met twice in the Premier League since that encounter with Mighty Mike gaining his revenge by trouncing Cross 7-2 on both occasions, the most recent of those being only two weeks ago when Van Gerwen was in unstoppable form in recording an average in excess of 111.
Cross pulled out of the Dutch Darts Masters last weekend with a chest problem. It’s nothing major and he should be more refreshed after having a rare weekend off in preparation for the play-offs. Van Gerwen did play in the Dutch Darts Masters and won the tournament despite not playing his best; that win was his 11th tournament win of 2018 and he looks determined to add the Premier League title to that tally.
Cross has proven he can compete with and defeat Van Gerwen on the big occasion, but he hasn’t shown enough of his World Championship winning form in recent months to suggest he is in good enough shape to repeat his epic World Championship semi-final triumph. Van Gerwen has yet to lose in a Premier League semi-final and that run should continue with victory over a valiant Rob Cross.