Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney Darts Winner Odds & predictions

Cross can tame the threat of SuperChin

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Rob Cross is the highest seed left in the World Matchplay 2019 and he looks to be shaping up really well to make a genuine run at the title. However, with a favourable draw behind him so far, can he now step it up against Daryl Gurney? SuperChin pulled off an upset in the quarter-finals, taking down the in-form Peter Wright in an epic duel.

Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney odds*

Rob Cross 8/15
Daryl Gurney 6/4
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on July 26th, 2019 at 11:45 pm)

Can Cross march on to the final?

Second seed Rob Cross was always going to be a threat in this tournament. He has had a good, strong 2019 and has been building up to something big. He has comfortably made his way through to the final four, but it will be argued that the draw has been very kind to him. Cross opened with a 10-3 win over Chris Dobey in the opening round, before taking down Krzysztof Ratajski 11-5 in the second round. So there weren’t the stiffest of challenges put in front of him. With Gerwyn Price having fallen in the first round, it left Cross’s section of the draw wide open.

The former World Champion went up against Stephan Burning in the quarterfinals and took a 16-14 win. The interesting thing about Cross so that his scoring has been supreme so far. Even against the weaker opposition in the first couple of rounds he never let his standards drop at all. When he needed to come up with better, beating really tested for the first time against Bunting, he did so, taking a 101.83 three dart average in that semi. He has the highest three-dart average of the remaining four players of just a shade under 100.

Head to head

There have been ten previous meetings between the two players and it is Cross who is 6-4 ahead. So that is another indicator that this is probably going to be a really tight battle.

Can SuperChin knockout another top seed?

Well, Gurney shook up the form book in the quarter-finals. He was an underdog against Peter Wright in the quarters, despite being ranked three places above the Scotsman. Gurney edged across the line with a 16-13 win in a long night of action. The scoring in that match was just phenomenal. Gurney finished with an average of 101.86 which was nowhere near the astounding 104.57 produced by Snakebite. The difference-maker was the finishing.

Gurney struggled to nail his doubles in the second round when he had to grind against Keegan Brown. His finishing really hampered him in that game, in which he took an 11-9 win. But he got that together very well in that big fight against Wright. Back in the first round, Gurney took a 10-7 win over Ricky Evans and if you tally all that up, that’s a lot of legs that he has played at the tournament so far. He has been working hard and grinding but has been getting across the line. That makes him a dangerous player to go up against.

Predictions

Gurney did brilliantly to come up with the answers against Peter Wright. That was some duel, but SuperChin has been battling and surviving more than producing his top darts. Cross came into the tournament in good form and he hasn’t disappointed. The scoring of Cross has been wonderfully consistent and he has his eye in. You would just have to favour him over the longer course of this match.


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