Premier League Darts: Value in backing Voltage in Aberdeen

Rob Cross
Rob Cross may still have a thing or two to say about who qualifies for finals night

Players have just three more nights to secure their play-off spot and with the race heating up, Abigail Davies thinks there's a real chance Michael Smith could end up leapfrogging Michael van Gerwen.

  • Value in backing Cross to claim a second successive win over MvG

  • Michael Smith to heap the pressure back on van Gerwen

  • Bully Boy to beat Wright for the third time this year

MvG has much more to give

Michael van Gerwen was again largely underwhelming and cut a frustrated figure after suffering defeat to Rob Cross in Liverpool last Thursday.

We're still waiting for everything to click for MvG in this year's Premier League, which seems an absurd thing to say considering he has won more nights than anyone else and still occupies a play-off spot. However, just 11% on the outer ring in that defeat to Voltage just isn't what we expect from him at this stage of a campaign.

When you compare his numbers in this year's event to those of Gerwyn Price who has amassed just 12 points you can certainly argue that luck has played a significant role.

The reigning seven time winner of this event still managed to put a bit more distance between himself and Michael Smith in the league table on night 13 and made it to the quarter-finals of the Austrian Darts Open in Graz at the weekend despite not being at his blistering best.

First up for him on night 14 is the player who got the better of him last week, Rob Cross. Coming into this year's campaign, I had Voltage as one of the favourites to secure a top four finish.

Hardly anyone was playing better than him, he said towards the back end of last season that he believed a big tournament win was just around the corner and had it not been for a remarkable Luke Humphries display in the final of the Grand Slam, he may well have proved himself right!

Voltage and Mighty Mike have near identical running averages for the tournament, the Dutchman with a slightly higher checkout percentage but sits a whopping 10 points better off than the 2018 World Champion.

Rob has won two of their three Premier League matches in 2024 and all things considered, I think there is terrific value in backing Cross to come out on top in this one at 6/42.50.

Back Rob Cross to beat MvG @ 6/42.50

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Bully Boy still battling away

While Gerwyn Price isn't mathematically out of the race to qualify for the play-offs, it would take something pretty spectacular for the Welshman to dislodge those above him to make it to The 02.

As for Michael Smith, his hopes were dented when he suffered a quarter-final defeat to Cross in Liverpool. Despite Smith taking out a stunning 138 and averaging in excess of 103, Voltage's finishing was just that little bit more impressive.

Bully Boy would have been thinking the worst after that defeat, especially when MvG went on to record a victory in his opener but there's a very real chance that the Englishman could close that gap in Scotland.

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Now sat four points behind The Green Machine it is imperative that Smith picks up a win over bottom of the table Peter Wright in Aberdeen.

Of their three meetings so far in 2024, the 2023 World Champion has come out on top in the last two and I'm backing the 33-year-old to win, hit the most 180s and highest checkout when he faces Snakebite at 17/102.70.

Back Michael Smith to win, hit the most 180s & highest checkout @ 17/102.70

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