Top-of-the-table Michael Smith takes on Raymond van Barneveld, but has Michael van Gerwen breathing down his neck, live on Sky Sports on Thursday night as Premier League Darts rolls through Exeter.
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March 1, 2018, 7:00pm
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Gary Anderson vs Rob Cross Talking point
Two players who would expect to be in the top four, yet neither have hit the ground running. World champion Cross, at least, has won his previous two matches after an awful start. A back injury still haunts Anderson who was beaten by MVG then, last week, narrowly avoided another loss to Snakebite.
Rob Cross has back-to-back wins Daryl Gurney vs Peter Wright Talking point
Wright’s season so far would look very different had he not missed a dart to beat Anderson last week. The world No 3 looks odds-on to consolidate his hopes of a top four finish at the expense of Gurney, who is winless with elimination already looming.
Wright & Anderson drew last week Mensur Suljovic vs Michael van Gerwen Talking point
Suljovic has won a respectable four out of 12 matches against MVG. But MVG has looked his usual self, except for a slip-up against Snakebite. This should be a nightmare for Suljovic but perhaps his slow style is the perfect antidote to stop the world No 1.
An MVG 106 checkout Raymond van Barneveld vs Michael Smith Talking point
Bully Boy remains top of the pile with a 100 percent record but surely that must end eventually. Barney has a 7-5 head-to-head record but has lost two in a row. As a result, Smith will fancy his chances of further extending his lead here.
Barney seemed to change his darts, but why? Simon Whitlock vs Gerwyn Price Talking point
Whitlock has been sensational, his only loss to Smith who tops the table so far. In that sense, playing winless Price seems like a foregone conclusion. This may determine if Whitlock is merely riding the crest of a wave, and if Price belongs on this stage.
Whitlock's winning darts against Cross
Attention switches to Exeter’s Westpoint Arena on Thursday with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action and Main Event. The season continues through to the conclusion on May 17 with the Play-Offs at The O2 in London.
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