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Rob Cross to Stop the MVG March

February 20, 2019

Rob Cross

Rob Cross can cause a shock at a big price in Dublin when he takes on Mighty Michael van Gerwen in Week Three of the 2019 Unibet Premier League Darts. James Wade and Mensur Suljovic are also worth backing on a top night of darts.

Local lad Steve Lennon makes his Premier League Darts debut whilst Raymond van Barneveld takes to the stage for what could be his farewell appearance in Ireland. A classy card is rounded off by Michael Smith against Daryl Gurney in a game neither can afford to lose in the hunt for semi-finals spots.

Week Three – 3Arena Dublin

Thursday 21st February Sky Sports Main Event

Gerwyn Price v James Wade

Steve Lennon v Peter Wright

Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross

Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney

Mensur Suljovic v Raymond van Barneveld

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2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Three Match Previews

Gerwyn Price v James Wade

Price has confounded a few doubters so far. Three points from his first two games have launched him into second place in the table. That bare statistic hides that his win was over an out of form Daryl Gurney and the draw was against Raymond van Barneveld in a game Price led 6-2.

Wade beat Barney in Week One and then as expected found Rob Cross too hot to handle. This is the sort of game Wade thrives on. The Machine has made a career of winning against players of similar or lesser ability. Price definitely falls into that category and Wade is very backable at 2.50.

Steve Lennon v Peter Wright

This week’s special guest player is Irishman Steve Lennon. The 25-year-old won his tour card at Q-School in 2017 and since then has made steady if unspectacular progress to reach the top 40 in the rankings. He’ll hopefully have a great future in the game but this assignment has probably come a few years too early.

Snakebite Wright has been patchy with two draws so far but should gain his first win here with little fuss.

Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross

World Champion MVG has started 2019 in great form with victory in the BetVictor Masters and two of the first four PDC Players Championship weekend tournaments. He is also defending a 100% record in the Premier League after wins against Michael Smith and Mensur Suljovic. However, there were signs of a slight switch off in the latter game as his average dipped below 100. He tends to get caught a few times in the league phase including four defeats in his 16 games last season. Rob Cross could be the man to inflict his first setback of 2019.

Voltage Cross is in decent nick with a couple of 102+ averages in a draw against Peter Wright and a win over James Wade. He appears a more relaxed player now that he no longer has the millstone of being World Champion around his neck. At 5.50  he looks a little overpriced.

MVG is obviously ridiculously good. I enjoyed this nine-dart finish at the weekend and the unique route he took. Like a kid who has finished a computer game so often that they are reduced to attempting to complete it in a slightly different way.

Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney

Neither player will be pleased with their performance so far. Smith, in particular, seems to be suffering a slight hangover from his exploits at the Ally Pally. Gurney was disappointing against Gerwyn Price before a good win over substitute Glen Durrant in Week Two. This looks one to watch rather than bet on.

Mensur Suljovic v Raymond van Barneveld

Barney hasn’t looked good at all so far. His comeback from 2-6 to get a draw with Price last week was more to do with the Welshman’s inability to get over the line rather than any Barney fightback. His dismal average of 88 was the lowest for the second week in a row.

Mensur, by contrast, has put up 100+ average both nights so far, though he has only one draw to show for his efforts. This looks the night for him to get his campaign up and running. 1.90  won’t get us rich but looks a safe bet, perhaps in a double with James Wade.

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Three Tips

James Wade to beat Gerwyn Price 2.50

Rob Cross to beat Michael van Gerwyn 5.50

Mensur Suljovic to beat Raymond van Barneveld 1.90

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    Alan Penny
    Alan Penny


    Alan hails from Northern Ireland and is an avid fan of all sports. He has been with us since 2017 and serves as SBO’s Editor-in-Chief. Alan passionately covers everything from the latest regulatory developments across the globe to tips on the latest football matches.