Unfortunately for Rob “Voltage” Cross, there was very little spark to his game on Saturday – he lost by an aggregate score of 11 – 20 & averaged 94.5.
This afternoon he finds himself up against the man who arguably put in the performance of the day in “Snakebite” Peter Wright. Wright was in scintillating form against the “Iceman” Gerwyn Price, chucking in an average of 102.82 with a 53.63 per cent check-out rate.
I find it tough to fancy Cross and will be backing Peter Wright to win @ 9/10.
Selection: Peter Wright to win @ 9/10.
Gerwyn may be a little sore having played so well against Peter Wright and lost, whereas Gurney will just be glad to have found some form against Cross – having started the day so poorly.
This could easily go all the way and is probably a short price to have some needle in it.
I find it very tough to pick an outright winner in this but would expect plenty of 180’s based on their grouping today.
Unfortunately our defending champ will only be playing for pride against the Green Machine later – but he’ll still be up for it.
Anderson may feel he was a bit hard done by to come out of Saturday’s matches with no points, having averaged 98.63 for the day. He failed to finish out the match on both occasions and perhaps his lack of long-format match practice was telling.
On the other hand, MVG looked as sharp as he has been him in a while particularly on his doubling where he was an impressive 20 from 38 attempts (53 per cent) today.
We reckon MVG will have too much for Gary and should win handy enough. One thing that has been on point for Gary is his 180 hitting. So we recommend backing Gary to have the ‘most 180s and Lose’ at 15/8.
Selection: Gary Anderson Most 180s and lose match at 15/8.
Both these players did really well to fend off Gary Anderson on Saturday and this looks another game that could go all the way. Smith comes up against one of his worst opponents in terms of head-to-head records – he has only beaten James Wade once in the last five years.
He will have to be mentally strong as well as in form to win this one.
To use a term coined by darts commentator, Dan Dawson, James Wade completely “Waded” Gary Anderson yesterday.
He stuck around, only ever doing enough to keep himself in that match, until nicking the last leg.
This is a trait which Wade has built his career on. And it is also a sign of when he his playing his best.
We fancy him to “Wade” Smith and James Wade to win at 9/10 & Over 16.5 Legs @ 8/11 look the plays.
*Prices correct at time of publishing but are as fluid as Michael van Gerwen’s throw