It has been less than two months since Rob Cross won the Worlds after defeating Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor in the semi-final and final respectively. His debut season in the Premier League could not have started any worse, losing 7-2 Michael van Gerwen and then was humiliated by relegation favourite Simon Whitlock 7-1.
These two performances have seen Oddschecker punters believe that maybe the former plumber is not all he’s cracked up to be. Since he walked off the stage last week at Cardiff, over 79% of bets from Oddschecker punters have backed him to be relegated, best priced at 8/1. Paddy Power have gone as short as 4/1 for the debutant to bow out.
Simon Whitlock was the only player who was odds-on to be relegated before a dart was thrown but after two impressive wins over Suljovic and Cross he is now as big as 4/1 to face the drop. It is now Gerwyn Price who is 4/6 to be the first to walk, after failing to pick up a single point against Peter Wright and Gary Anderson.
George Elek spokesman: ‘Much was expected from Rob Cross after he won the World Championships but it hasn’t been the best of starts for him. I’d expect him to bounce back but it has to be sooner rather than later, else he could be in serious trouble in his first season in the Premier League.’