THE second of our double header previews sees a briefer than usual feature, however for turnaround time is understandable.
One thing is:
Cross seems to stay in our favour price wise once again and is 11/10 with Betfair Sportsbook, Writes Dave South.
The Wednesday crowd was full of national colours so we saw orange all over the place and even presenter Dave Clark joined in, so full credit to him.
Looking at the fixtures sees:
- Whitlock Vs Smith
- Gurney Vs Anderson
- Cross Vs Wright
- MVG Vs Barneveld
- Gurney Vs Whitlock
Whitlock cannot really afford to lose any points tonight as being four points adrift it’s now or never come qualification and feel similarly for Smith that he needs to steady the boat otherwise he could find himself stuck in the pack all chasing him down. A win for Smith puts him within touching distance but I’ll leave this one alone.
Anderson will be backed in tonight and is best priced 8/11 with Paddy Power and just 8/13 in other places. Anderson should seal a play off with a win.
Peter Wright has had two fantastic wins over table topper Michael van Gerwen who he always raises his game for and a steady victory over a poor Raymond van Barneveld last week.
Wright has taken some advice on his set up namely his wife to try and overturn some under par performances in this competition.
Rob Cross had a win and loss last night but has what is required to produce the goods in this very tasty clash. Throwing first and Wright not the biggest power-scorer may be under pressure come leg two before even attempting to get a foothold in the game and we are backing with confidence with Betfair at 11/10 with anything above evens deemed acceptable.
The fans will go nuts when Mighty Mike takes on Raymond Van Barneveld in the ‘’main event’’ of the night and MVG will feel his ruthless nature will be here to beat Barney as remedial action from his loss last night to Wright.
Barney played a convincing 101 average against the Wizard and often steps up and with majestic visits to the oche could let the game go on beyond the bookmakers handicap line.
In the final match could be a cruel game for either player as both need the two points and settling for a draw is not on an option. I feel the game may have player fatigue and the maximum line set at evens on 6.5 is possibly worth consideration.
- R Cross to beat P Wright – 11/10 Betfair Sportsbook 1.5 pts