Van Gerwen destroys Darren Webster and is now odds-on with majority of bookies
We’ve got an all-Dutch last sixteen clash at Alexandra Palace, with Michael van Gerwen booking his place in style after thrashing Darren Webster.
MVG suffered a scare in his first round clash against Rene Eidams, although there were no such problems for the world number one after averaging 109 to see off his English opponent.
The vast majority of bookmakers now go odds-on about a Van Gerwen world title in January, although William Hill still have even money and you’d have to say that MVG is more likely to win than not win this tournament.
Perhaps Barney is a potential banana skin, with his compatriot involved in a highly-entertaining clash against Stephen Bunting which saw the Dutchman claim a decisive set.
Meanwhile, James Wade has shortened to 14/1 with bet365 after thrashing Wes Newton to reach the last sixteen. The Machine has yet to drop a set and seems to be in good nick although he faces a tough opponent in Jamie Caven for a place in the last eight.
Phil Taylor is out to 5/1 and meets Kevin Painter in the second round before potentially clashing with either Mervyn King or Jelle Klaasen, with the latter particularly dangerous after averaging over 100 last time out.