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

Update: Tonight's event has now been cancelled due to severe weather conditions

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 1st March

Where? Westpoint Arena, Exeter

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.ticketzone.co.uk

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CAREER HEAD-TO-HEAD
Gary Anderson 3-0 Rob Cross

GARY ANDERSON

  • Anderson came back from 6-3 down to salvage a draw against Peter Wright in Berlin last week. He has picked up just one win from his opening four matches but sits only one point outside the top four in the table.
  • His finishing against Wright was the best he has produced so far in this year’s Premier League, as he missed just one dart at a double. Anderson also took out a checkout of 150, meaning he has had the highest checkout in each of the last two weeks.
  • Anderson has averaged over 105 in each of his last two Premier League matches; his average of 105.25 against Wright coming on the back of his 110.79 average against Van Gerwen the previous week.

ROB CROSS

  • Rob Cross defeated Raymond van Barneveld 7-3 last week to make it two wins in a row in the 2018 Premier League since losing his opening two matches of the tournament. With his match against Van Barneveld level at 3-3, Cross won four legs on the trot to claim the two points.
  • He finished off the match against Barney with a 128 checkout – that was his first ton-plus checkout of the Premier League so far. Overall, he hit 70% of his double attempts during the match which was a big improvement on his opening three matches after which he had a 27% checkout percentage.
  • Cross has failed to register a match average of over 100 during his last five TV matches. Prior to that run, he averaged under 100 in only five of his previous 17 televised matches.

THE PREDICTION

A very enticing game to kick-off the evening. Both Anderson and Cross are sitting outside the top four currently, though they have started to pick up form in recent Premier League matches and will surely be in the shake-up for a play-off place come the end of the campaign. Anderson has picked up only one point from his last two matches but his level of performance in those games against Van Gerwen and Wright was excellent and certainly would have been good enough to win most matches. Cross has brushed off his shaky start to his Premier League campaign to win two matches in a row though he is still not showing the form that saw him win the World Championship in January.

This will be their first meeting on the big TV stage, though Anderson has won all three of their previous meetings – most recently he won 6-5 at a UK Open qualifier in February. Anderson looks to be clear of any back problems, he is playing to a higher standard than Cross right now and he can take the two points in what should be a tight match.