A DOUBLE-HEADER in Holland could decide at least two of the four places for finals night and Rob Cross can be one of them to secure his place IF he can stretch to a clean sweep.
Michael Smith sets off against Gary Anderson, where the onus is on the Scot to get the points, whereas if Smith were to lose it would more than likely open up the field. Although no disrespect to Smith, a victory would actually in my view have Smith one victory away from finals night.
Anderson will want to overturn the loss faced early into the campaign and could be well backed at just below evens with Smith at 5/2 and the draw around 7/2.
Looking at the maximums, Anderson has nailed 38 in the competition with Bullyboy a shade behind at 24. The last two weeks aggregate in favour of Anderson 8-6 and is 11/10 with Boylesports to win the market. The pressure in my view will be on Bullyboy to get something and the potential lack of rhythm consistency may be the issue.
Rob Cross is in a good place at the moment and throws first against Daryl Gurney, who has seen some resurgence in recent times to avoid relegation and be in contention in fifth place.
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Rob Cross has lost just once in the last eight and in our view can make it 3/3 at best priced 10/11 with Bwin and Sportingbet and will punish Gurney where required.
The rest of the card could see some good results, however Whitlock could inflict further pain on Barney’s losing streak and is best 15/8 at Betstars and a poor 11/8 with Winner where that firm will certainly be on top with that price if backers take it.
The final game has the maximum line chalked at 7.5 and in my experience players competing twice often lag somewhat in the second game so 4/5 with Coral for fewer than eight maximums in twelve or less legs is worth a consideration.