Rob Cross withdrew from a competition on Sunday complaining of a tooth abscess. Be mindful of this if playing the darts on Thursday – he’s odds-on to beat Peter Wright in the night’s opening game. As it happens, our two fancies both come in ‘checkout’ markets in other matches.
Gerwyn Price plays Mensur Suljovic this week. When they last met, it was Price that prevailed with a 7-3 score-line. Price has disappointed since and he’s only won three matches in the competition to date. However, his stats are impressive and in his last three matches he has recorded 128, 147 and 108 finishes. Conversely Suljovic has not been nailing big out shots, his best checkouts in his last three Premier League matches have been just 68, 40 and 94. On that basis you have to like William Hill's 10/11 about the Welshman claiming the highest checkout of this match.
On a similar theme, going low on Michael van Gerwen’s checkouts has been a cash cow. He rarely produces a 100+ finish (three from ten in the 2019 Premier League) and his highest checkout of the competition (which involves 63 winning legs) is just 132. He plays an out of sorts Michael Smith this week and, as he is expected to win by a relatively big margin. SportingBet's 11/13 about the game’s highest checkout being under 125.5 looks a straightforward and obvious play.