England’s Rob Cross will look to move one step closer to the O2 Arena in London when he takes on Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright in the Premier League on Thursday night.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a stunning campaign so far and he tops the table after the first 10 matches played.
Cross has a slender advantage after Michael van Gerwen was held to a draw last week by Gerwyn Price in Belfast. ‘Voltage’ is playing in just his second season in the competition and with seven wins to his name; he has to be one of the contenders to go all the way at odds of 5/1.
Cross will have to be at his best to beat Wright, with the latter desperate for a top four spot. Snakebite sits seventh in the table and Thursday’s match could well be his last chance to trouble the top four.
Cross has won eight of their battles over the years and is best priced at 5/6 to come out on top again.
After his draw with world No.1 van Gerwen, Price returns to the stage in Liverpool to face fan favourite Mensur Suljovic on Thursday.
The Serbian-born star has caused several shocks on route to moving into third and a win over Price will be a major boost to his top-four chances.
Suljovic is 8/5 to win the second match of the night but Wales’ Price knows he has the beating of his rival. He has won 10 of their 14 meetings, including their previous encounter in the Premier League.
A cracking battle is expected between James Wade and Daryl Gurney with the pair sat fourth and fifth respectively. Wade is narrowly in front via leg difference but this contest could go a long way to deciding the play-off picture.
Gurney is as big as 28/15 to win the points on Thursday but he will be wary of Wade, who beat him 7-0 in their first meeting.
The final match of the night sees van Gerwen take on St Helens’ Michael Smith. The latter is bottom of the table and six points behind his Dutch rival after failing to shine on the big stage this year.
Van Gerwen is normally leading the pack at this stage of the competition and he needs Cross to slip up if he is to finish in first. MVG is the heavy favourite and can be backed at odds of 9/2 to win 8-4.