The semi-finals of the World Grand Prix take place inside the Morningside Arena in Leicester on Saturday evening when we find out which two men will meet for the title in the final of the event on Sunday.
We have three of the top six in the world on show over the course of the two matches as well as a man who has won a TV title so we should be in for quite a night of darts, especially with the format up to the best of seven sets now.
Michael Smith vs Gerwyn Price
The pick of the semi-finals is the opening one of the night as the world champion Michael Smith looks to reach a first World Grand Prix final when he goes up against the former winner of the tournament in Gerwyn Price.
The top half of the draw looked like it would have this as the semi-final before a dart was thrown this week and these two giants of the game have cruised through to this stage. Neither have lost a set to make it to this stage but that run is likely to end here. This could well go the distance between two players who are very good and who know how to win big titles. Both score well and both are pretty similar on tops so a miss here or there will be the deciding factor in this one. This is very much a game to sit back and enjoy rather than fret over a bet with.
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Luke Humphries vs Joe Cullen
The second semi-final of the tournament sees the former winner of The Masters in Joe Cullen taking on Luke Humphries with both men looking for a place in a first World Grand Prix final and all the potential benefits that comes with it.
Humphries hadn’t really played well earlier in the week but he came good against Peter Wright in the quarter final, although for as well as he played he still needed Snakebite to miss three darts at a double to win the match to stay alive in the competition. That was probably the first match this week that Humphries may not have felt an emphatic favourite in so maybe that is why he delivered his best darts. Cullen played very well in the opening two rounds and not quite as good on Friday night but in the main he has been in excellent touch this week and while I’m rarely one to rush to trust him, I think the 7/4 on Cullen to win the match is a little on the big side. He has scored well, which Humphries hasn’t really done, and finished well too and is that little more accustomed to performing at this stage of a major event. I’ll take Cullen here.
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