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Last Updated: 15/04/19 9:00pm

The pressure is on world No 1 Michael van Gerwen as he bids to overtake Rob Cross with victory in Cardiff

The pressure is on world No 1 Michael van Gerwen as he bids to overtake Rob Cross with victory in Cardiff

The pressure is on world No 1 Michael van Gerwen as he bids to overtake Rob Cross with victory in Cardiff

Rob Cross faces Michael van Gerwen in a top-of-the table clash as the Premier League Darts heads for Cardiff, with the battle for the four spots in the Play-Offs at The O2 intensifying.

The Premier League Darts table as it stands The Premier League Darts table as it stands

The Premier League Darts table as it stands

What comes next? Night 12 – Thursday, April 18 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Mensur Suljovic vs Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross vs Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs James Wade

Mensur Suljovic vs Daryl Gurney

Head-to-head record: 5-8

Daryl Gurney is outside the top four on leg difference Daryl Gurney is outside the top four on leg difference

Daryl Gurney is outside the top four on leg difference

Suljovic and Gurney begin proceedings in Cardiff with the pair among a quartet of players – alongside James Wade and Gerwyn Price – locked on 12 points

‘The Gentle’ suffered his fourth defeat of the campaign in Liverpool last week against Price, who in winning took the Austrian’s spot in the top four.

Gurney rescued a point with a brilliant 10-dart leg against Wade last week and the Northern Irishman will be determined to seal a double over Suljovic to aid his ambitions of making the play-offs for the first time

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Rob Cross vs Michael van Gerwen

Head-to-head record: 3-13

Van Gerwen crushed Rob Cross earlier in the campaign Van Gerwen crushed Rob Cross earlier in the campaign

Van Gerwen crushed Rob Cross earlier in the campaign

There is no doubting the headline match of the night in Cardiff as the top two collide and with five games remaining it is Cross who continues to set the standard ahead of Van Gerwen.

Cross defeated Peter Wright to remain at the top of the standings after Liverpool and victory over the Dutchman would go a long way to ending the three-time world champion’s record of topping the standings ever since his debut season in 2013.

Both men, who have each suffered two defeats in the campaign, come into the blockbuster match in good form but it was Van Gerwen who enjoyed a dominant 7-2 victory when they met in Dublin.

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Michael Smith vs Gerwyn Price

Head-to-head record: 12-5

Smith is in desperate need of an upturn in form as he targets a first win in four in the Premier League roadshow, but he faces a tough task against Price who has top-four aspirations.

Michael Smith described his form as 'rubbish' last week prior to Liverpool Michael Smith described his form as 'rubbish' last week prior to Liverpool

Michael Smith described his form as ‘rubbish’ last week prior to Liverpool

‘Bully Boy’ finds himself at the foot of the Premier League table and has struggled to build on his impressive run to the final at the World Championships.

Price, who was one dart from victory against Van Gerwen in Belfast, is full of confidence ahead of playing on home soil but will be wary of a repeat defeat to Cross, after losing on the opening night of the Rotterdam double-header.

Peter Wright vs James Wade

Head-to-head record: 17-1-18

Wade arrives in Wales in a rich vein of form after he secured a weekend double of Players Championship titles – his third success in the past eight days.

James Wade continued his winning streak with back-to-back Players Championship titles James Wade continued his winning streak with back-to-back Players Championship titles

James Wade continued his winning streak with back-to-back Players Championship titles

‘The Machine’ has responded well to the setback of defeat against Suljovic in Belfast and will be confident of beating seventh-place Wright, who is without a victory in the competition since beating Van Barneveld in Aberdeen.

Wright would need a flying finish to the campaign to stand a chance of making the play-offs but ‘Snakebite’ is likely to play a pivotal role in determining who qualifies for The O2.

The Premier League continues as we head to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Thursday, April 18. You can also stay up to date with all the action by following us @SkySportsDarts and get all the latest news, previews and interviews www.skysports.com/darts

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