The quarter finals of the Grand Slam of Darts draws to a close on Saturday night when the two matches from the top half of the draw takes place at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. We are set to be entertained by four of the best players in the world on what looks a proper night of darts.
Peter Wright and Gary Anderson made it into the semi-finals on Friday night and two more star attractions will join them on Saturday as we get set for two terrific matches.
Phil Taylor vs Daryl Gurney
Two men who are capable of winning any tournament they enter meet in the first of the matches on Saturday night when Phil Taylor takes on Daryl Gurney over the best of 31 legs for a place in Sunday’s semi-final.
Taylor has battled his way through to this stage of the tournament and had to dodge a few bullets in the group stage but over this distance we know what to expect from him and what he is going to deliver. It is harder to assess Gurney’s form because he hasn’t really played anyone who has played well against him. Wade was very ordinary against him in the last 16.
Over 19 or 21 legs I would give Gurney a sniff but he hits too many flat spots to go toe to toe with Taylor over 31 legs. I get the feeling Taylor will relish another crack at van Gerwen on Sunday and I don’t think he’ll miss out on his half of the deal here.
Michael van Gerwen vs Rob Cross
The second match of the night on Saturday is a repeat of the recent European Championship final as Rob Cross takes on the defending champion Michael van Gerwen for the right to face Taylor or Gurney in the semi-final.
These two have met in the tournament already when Cross had darts to beat van Gerwen but missed them and lost 5-4. Therein lies the problem here. I expect Cross to keep close in the early stages of this match but the longer it goes the better MVG will get and I fancy he’ll pull clear.
Cross has two issues going into this match. He showed weakness when his man was there to be beaten in the group stage and van Gerwen respects him and won’t take him lightly. I think MVG will win somewhere around the 16-10 or 16-11 mark but the fact he rates Cross highly means we’ll see the Dutchman at his best so I expect his match average to be way in advance of 102.5 when the final double gets pinned.
WON – Back P.Taylor (-1.5 legs) to beat D.Gurney for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Boylesports
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WON – Back M.van Gerwen’s match average – Over 102.5 for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with William Hill