We’re expecting about the World Darts Championship last eight, with Peter Wright a great price to beat Adrian Lewis
And then there were eight. Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor are among the big names that have fallen by the wayside, with the standard of darts at this World Championship higher than ever before.
Realistically, all the men left standing can win this trophy. Even Alan Norris who is making his Alexandra Palace bow after previously reaching the BDO World Championship two years ago.
Gary Anderson v James Wade
The Flying Scotsman has averaged around 100 to win each match thus far, although he faces a stern opponent in the Machine. James Wade won’t be fazed by the prospect of meeting the world champion and will expect to beat Anderson.
Wade will need to improve his scoring to live with Anderson’s pummelling of the 180’s and it has to be said that James has not had a great year despite reaching the final of the World Matchplay. Gary seems to be coming nicely to the boil and should get over the line.
BETTING TIP: Anderson -1.5 sets @ 4/6 with bet365
Alan Norris v Jelle Klaasen
After the Lord Mayor’s Show for Klaasen? He played a blinder to beat Phil Taylor although the Power was clearly off-colour and still took his Dutch opponent to a deciding set.
Norris has slowly worked his way past high calibre opponents such as Robert Thornton and Mark Webster to earn his place in the last eight. The unseeded player is playing with so much confidence that he has to be given a chance and we’re happy to take him for this match.
BETTING TIP: Alan Norris @ 12/5 with Boylesports
Raymond van Barneveld v Michael Smith
The Barney Army were in full voice as Raymond produced an amazing performance to beat MVG last time out although he’ll need to continue operating at the same level to win against Smith.
Bully Boy averaged over 100 to waste Benito van de Pas last time out and has a better average and 180 hit rate than Barney coming into the game. Perhaps RVB will struggle to emulate the heights of his previous match and Smith has to be backed at odds-against.
BETTING TIP: Smith @ 11/10 with Ladbrokes
Adrian Lewis v Peter Wright
Wright was sensational when averaging 103.69 to beat Dave Chisnall last time out and he will be battle-hardened against an opponent who has had an easy passage to the last eight.
Adrian Lewis has beaten what’s put in front of him and he’s clearly in good nick ahead of this match but should he be favourite against someone who finished runner-up here two years ago and has a brilliant match play mentality.
BETTING TIP: Peter Wright @ 6/5 with William Hill