Sporting Life Darts Podcast: Rob Cross interview on Leighton Bennett and the future of darts, Premier League predictions and whether you'd get your kids into the sport

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Episode four of Sporting Life's Darts Podcast is out now and available to listen to for FREE via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Our darting duo Chris Hammer (@ChrisHammer180) and Paul Higham (@SportsPaulH) join host Dom (@newcol) to look back at recent events on the PDC Tour while there's also an interview with Rob Cross about 13-year-old prodigy Leighton Bennett and his excitement about the future of the sport.

As well as other topics, we discuss whether darts could be a better option to get your kids into than other sports before the show reaches it's 'climax' with more Premier League predictions!

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Sporting Life Darts Podcast #4 running order

  • 0 - 10mins: Review of weekend action plus debate on the difference of playing in a leisure centre compared to the big stage, and how some players are more adaptable than others
  • 10-15 mins: Rob Cross interview about Leighton Bennett and the changing landscape of darts
  • 15-22 mins: Would you get your kids into darts, where the sport is heading and a couple of loosely related anecdotes.
  • 22mins to the end: Premier League darts predictions and accumulators.

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Chris Hammer - @ChrisHammer180

Paul Higham - @SportsPaulH

Dom - @newcol

Premier League: Week Seven Fixtures in Berlin

TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross
  • James Wade v Peter Wright
  • Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney
  • Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
  • Max Hopp v Raymond van Barneveld

Click here for the full Premier League fixtures, results and table

The Premier League season heads to Berlin
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DARTS PODCAST THREE

Basking in the glory of tipping Nathan Aspinall at 125/1 to win the UK Open, our Chris Hammer (@ChrisHammer180) looks back on a thrilling weekend in Minehead with fellow darts expert Paul Higham (@SportsPaulH) and host Dom (@newcol).

There's a quickfire interview with Gerwyn Price, who Chris feels is the best player in the world right now, ramblings about rising stars of darts, competitiveness and mental blocks - plus, of course, another round of Premier League predictions.

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Sporting Life Darts Podcast #3 running order

  • 0 - 5.30 mins: Chris Hammer's 125/1 winning tip Nathan Aspinall, looking for value in darts
  • 5.30 - 7.30: Rising standards in darts and fearless rising stars
  • 7.30 - 11: What next for Nathan Aspinall and Rob Cross - plus that 'giving up' gesture in the final.
  • 11.20 - 17.00: More UK Open analysis and players who struggle to win majors
  • 17.40 - 21.30: Is Gerwyn Price the best player right now and how he's turning the crowd round.
  • 21.30 - 24.26: Michael Smith overcoming his pain and surgery to shine in Minehead
  • 24.30 - 30.00: Gerwyn Price quickfire questions and answers
  • 31 - 46: Premier League match-by-match predictions and best bets
  • 46.30: Premier League accas

Premier League: Week Five Fixtures in Aberdeen

TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Michael Smith v Rob Cross
  • Daryl Gurney v James Wade
  • Mensur Suljovic v Gerwyn Price
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright
  • Michael van Gerwen v John Henderson

Click here for the full Premier League fixtures, results and table

Who will win their Premier League matches on Thursday night?
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DARTS PODCAST TWO

Episode two of Sporting Life's Darts Podcast is out now and available to listen to for FREE via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Our darts expert Chris Hammer (@ChrisHammer180) is joined by journalist and commentator Tom Beresford (@TomSportsJourno) to discuss recent events on the PDC Tour as well as this week’s Premier League Darts action in Dublin.

We have exclusive interviews with stars James Wade, Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld while Rob Cross also talks to us about how aspiring players can follow his path to glory at the Rileys Amateur Qualifiers for the UK Open this weekend.

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Sporting Life Darts Podcast #2 running order

  • 1 mins - Weekend reflections including Glen Durrant & MVG
  • 7 mins - James Wade interview (Click here to read the interview)
  • 12 mins - Rob Cross interview
  • 18 mins - Premier League predictions
  • 21 mins - Peter Wright interview
  • 35 mins- Raymond van Barneveld interview (Click here to read the interview)
  • 37.20 mins - Premier League acca time!

Premier League: Week Three Fixtures in Dublin

TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Gerwyn Price v James Wade
  • Steve Lennon v Peter Wright
  • Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
  • Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney
  • Mensur Suljovic v Raymond van Barneveld

Click here for the full Premier League fixtures, results and table

Check out our best bets for Thursday's Premier League Darts
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DARTS PODCAST ONE

After the January break and last weekend's Masters, the PDC darts season is about to go into overdrive with the start of the 2019 Unibet Premier League as nine of the world's best players - plus Gary Anderson's nine replacements (!) - prepare to battle it out every Thursday night until May 23.

Our Chris Hammer (@ChrisHammer180) is joined by journalist and commentator Tom Beresford (@TomSportsJourno) to preview the tournament and pick out their best bets for the opening round of games.

We also have three exclusive interviews - the legendary Raymond van Barneveld, who is retiring at the end of the season, World Championship runner-up Michael Smith, and the controversial pantomime villain himself, Gerwyn Price!

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Sporting Life Darts Podcast #1 running order

  • 0-11.30: Premier League Format: Good or bad?
  • 11.30: Who will win it, plus player analysis
  • 28.40: Relegation
  • 32.00: Week One Fixtures
  • 33.32: Raymond van Barneveld interview
  • 41.42: Gerwyn Price interview (Click here to read the article)
  • 51.10: Michael Smith interview (Click here to read the article)
  • 58.40: Week One trebles

Premier League Darts 2019: Dates, fixtures, venues & results

Night 1, February 7
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • James Wade 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld
  • Gerwyn Price 7-4 Daryl Gurney
  • Chris Dobey 6-6 Mensur Suljovic
  • Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Michael Smith
  • Peter Wright 6-6 Rob Cross

CLICK HERE FOR WEEK ONE ROUND-UP & HIGHLIGHTS

Night 2, February 14
SSE Hydro, Glasgow
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Peter Wright 6-6 Michael Smith
  • Rob Cross 7-4 James Wade
  • Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Gerwen Price
  • Daryl Gurney 7-3 Glen Durrant
  • Mensur Suljovic 3-7 Michael van Gerwen

CLICK HERE FOR WEEK TWO ROUND-UP & HIGHLIGHTS

Night 3, February 21
3Arena, Dublin
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Gerwyn Price v James Wade
  • Steve Lennon v Peter Wright
  • Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
  • Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney
  • Mensur Suljovic v Raymond van Barneveld

Tickets: 0818 719 300 (Ire) or click here

Night 4, February 28
Westpoint Arena, Exeter
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Luke Humphries v Gerwyn Price
  • Daryl Gurney v Rob Cross
  • Mensur Suljovic v Peter Wright
  • Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
  • Michael Smith v Raymond van Barneveld

Night 5, March 7
BHGE Arena, Aberdeen
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Michael Smith v Rob Cross
  • Daryl Gurney v James Wade
  • Mensur Suljovic v Gerwyn Price
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright
  • Michael van Gerwen v John Henderson

Tickets: 08444 77 9000 or click here

Night Six, Thursday March 14
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith
  • James Wade v Mensur Suljovic
  • Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld
  • Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen
  • Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney

Tickets: 0843 373 3000 or click here

Night Seven - Thursday March 21
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross
  • James Wade v Peter Wright
  • Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney
  • Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
  • Max Hopp v Raymond van Barneveld

Tickets: 030 20 60 70 88 99 (Ger) or click here

Night Eight - Wednesday March 27
Rotterdam Ahoy
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
  • James Wade v Dimitri van den Bergh
  • Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic
  • Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Daryl Gurney

Tickets: 0900 300 1250 (Ned) 0031 88 123 24 25 (Outside Ned) or click here

Judgement Night - Thursday March 28
Rotterdam Ahoy
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Daryl Gurney v Mensur Suljovic
  • Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
  • Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen
  • James Wade v Michael Smith

Tickets: 0900 300 1250 (Ned) 0031 88 123 24 25 (Outside Ned) or click here

Fixtures for Nights Ten-16 will be confirmed following Judgement Night.

Night Ten - Thursday April 4
The SSE Arena, Belfast
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Four Matches

Tickets: 028 9073 9074 or click here

Night 11 - Thursday April 11
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Four Matches

Tickets: 0344 8000 400 or click here

Night 12 - Thursday April 18
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

  • Four Matches

Tickets: 029 2022 4488 or click here

Night 13 - Thursday April 25
Arena Birmingham
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Four Matches

Tickets: 0844 338 0338 or click here

Night 14 - Thursday May 2
The Manchester Arena
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Four Matches

Tickets: 0844 249 1000 or click here

Night 15 - Thursday May 9
The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Four Matches

Tickets: 0114 256 5656 or click here

Night 16 - Thursday May 16
First Direct Arena, Leeds
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Four Matches

Tickets: 0844 248 1585 or click here

Play-Offs - Thursday May 23
The O2, London
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Two semi-finals and a final

Tickets: 0844 856 0202 or click here

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