World Darts Championship preview
We’re down to the final four in the 2017 World Darts Championship, with Michael van Gerwen still strong favourite.
It’s been an amazing World Darts Championship so far, with the standard simply unbelievable. Averaging 100 used to be a rare achievement although players like Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright have done this in every match at Alexandra Palace in the past couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, Raymond van Barneveld has had to knock out Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor to reach the final four, while world champion Gary Anderson is producing the goods once again and a hat-trick can’t be ruled out.
Gary Anderson v Peter Wright, 20.00 CET
There’s no love lost between these two players despite the fact that they both reside from Scotland. There was a public falling out earlier in the year and Anderson made a pointed reference after his quarter final victory over Dave Chisnall that he’ll “leave the mouthing off to the other guy”.
Wright was largely impressive when beating James Wade 5-3 although he had the wind taken out of his sails when the Machine reeled off a few checkouts and he’ll have to raise his game further to beat the world champion.
Anderson has been rock solid all the way through, with Chisnall and Benito van de Pas offering a big challenge along the way and it will take something special to beat a player who hasn’t tasted defeat at Alexandra Palace for three years.
Perhaps Anderson will just have too much in the tank for a player who could yet become a world champion and we’ll take the Flying Scotsman to book his place in the world final.
Anderson 6 Wright 3 @ 6.00 with bet365
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld, 22.00 CET
Michael van Gerwen has won everything this season although he’s only landed one world championship title at Alexandra Palace and it was his compatriot that turfed him out of the event twelve months ago.
Van Gerwen averaged 105.78 last year when losing a third round match by a 4-3 scoreline although Barney now has to sustain brilliance over an even longer format and his finishing was simply out of the world in the previous game.
Van Barneveld bowed out of the 2016 World Championship at the semi-final stage last term and he didn’t need a vintage performance to beat Phil Taylor in the last eight, with both players underwhelming in that last eight encounter.
Van Gerwen can get the job done in this match considering he’s already been tested by Cristo Reyes, Darren Webster and Daryl Gurney. All three performed well but ultimately didn’t get too near the market leader and we’re thinking MVG is final-bound.
Van Gerwen 6 Van Barneveld 2 @ 4.50 with William Hill