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04 Feb 2019 by David McGourty

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts – Peter Wright vs Rob Cross Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Peter Wright vs Rob Cross taking place? Thursday 7th February – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Peter Wright vs Rob Cross taking place? Utilita Arena, Newcastle

What channel is Peter Wright vs Rob Cross on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA

Where can I stream Peter Wright vs Rob Cross? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Peter Wright vs Rob Cross? https://www.pdc.tv/unibet-premier-league-tickets

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Peter Wright 5-7 Rob Cross (1 draw)
Previous meeting: Peter Wright beat Rob Cross 10-3

PETER WRIGHT

  • Peter Wright is making his sixth consecutive appearance in the Premier League since making his debut in 2014. His best showing in the tournament was in 2017 when he reached the final and then agonisingly missed match darts against Michael van Gerwen to win the title.
  • Snakebite had an underwhelming Premier League season in 2018 when he finished seventh after winning only one of his opening ten matches. Remarkably, two of the four matches he won during the campaign were against Michael van Gerwen.
  • 2018 didn’t end well for Wright as he suffered an early exit in the last 64 at the World Championship to Toni Alcinas. He did however make an encouraging start to 2019 by reaching the semi-finals at the Masters last weekend.

ROB CROSS

  • Rob Cross is participating in the Premier League for the second time having made his debut in the tournament last year when he went into the event as the world champion.
  • After losing in his first two matches of the 2018 campaign, he went on to finish fourth in the table, thus qualifying for the play-offs before losing to Michael van Gerwen in the last four.
  • In his attempt to retain his world title last December, Cross lost to Luke Humphries in the last 16. He then started 2019 with a 10-6 first round defeat to Joe Cullen at the Masters during the previous weekend.

THE PREDICTION

It would be fair to say that neither of these players showed enough of the level of play they are capable of during the final months of 2018 with some early exits in big TV tournaments.

To be fair to Rob Cross, he did show some quality at the World Championship before losing out to Humphries, but overall in 2018 he wasn’t anywhere near the standard of his world title form. The new year has started more positively for Peter Wright than 2018 concluded, with his run to the semi-finals at the Masters ended by James Wade. Like Cross, Wright has a lot of improving to do to get back to his best. It’s tough to separate the pair, and we might well see the final match of the night finish in a draw.

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