Cross ready for MVG battle

17 February 2019 05:17:27 EST

2018 PDC world champion Rob Cross believes he has got his mojo back, as he prepares for a showdown with Michael van Gerwen on the third night of the Premier League.

Cross reached the semi-finals in his first season in the Premier League in 2018, but admitted that he had not really got to grips with the nature of the challenge of being on top of his game from week to week.

I have to admit I'm here to play, I'm here to play properly.

Rob Cross

This time around he has opened up with a 6-6 draw with Peter Wright and a 7-4 victory over James Wade, averaging well over 100 in both matches.

And next up, in Dublin on Thursday, is a clash with three-time defending Premier League champion Van Gerwen, who is the only player to have won both of his opening two matches this season.

Cross told Sky Sports: I've been working hard on my game and it's paying off. I lost my smile last year, but I've come into it this year.

"I have to admit I'm here to play, I'm here to play properly. I feel great.

"I walked into the Premier League last year and I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I didn't know what to do, what was next up the following week and it's a horrible situation to be in when you don't know where you're going.

"It's ruthless, it's very ruthless."

Cross is priced at 9/2 to defeat Van Gerwen, with a 6-6 draw between the two players available at 5/1, while Cross is 4/1 to be crowned Premier League champion this year.

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