Darts guru Ben Levene (@benlevene96) looks ahead to week seven of the Premier League of Darts.
Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price| Thursday 22nd March 2018, 22:00 | Sky Sports
World Champion Rob Cross made a slow start to life in the Premier League but has shown moments of quality in the last month, and that’s reflected in the fact he’s won four games on the bounce. Voltage averaged over 96 in each of those, including a 106 average in his 7-2 defeat of Mensur Suljovic last Thursday. He’s checked out at over 50% in each of his last three which also indicates he’s playing well.
Across six Players Championship floor events so far this year, Cross has produced an overall average of 99.1, which is only bettered by Michael Van Gerwen’s 99.9. 7.8% of his turns resulted in a 180, more than any other player on the tour. At the UK open earlier this month Cross averaged 99 across the tournament, which was the highest tournament average of any player, with 7.4% of his turns seeing a 180.
In his four Premier League wins he’s hit an impressive 16 maximum’s in 41 legs, giving a rate of 0.39 maximums per leg, while Price’s 11 maximum’s in 66 legs give a rate of 0.17 180’s per leg.
Price has an average of 94.5 across the six Players Championship events, with just 5.9% of his turns producing a maximum. He was eliminated in the opening round of both of the weekend’s tournaments and subsequently hinted on twitter that he may need a break.
The Iceman sits bottom of the Premier League table and has averaged under 94 in all six of matches, posting averages of 93, 89 and 91 in his last three.
As we can see, Cross is playing better than Price at the moment. Not only is that reflected in the results, but the numbers too. We can get 11/10 for Cross to win and hit the most maximum’s. This looks a selection worth keeping onside.
Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price – Rob Cross to Win and Hit the Most 180’s (11/10 Sky Bet)