It is the final day of the World Series of Darts Finals on Sunday and as with all these weekend ITV tournaments the last eight, semi-finals and the final all take place on the one day of action in Amsterdam as we play down to the winner.
Eight players remain in the tournament including six seeded players so the quality throughout the day should be high. As ever with these tournaments we’ll cover the quarter finals but time restrictions will stop us previewing the latter stages, although we still have an outright bet running so hopefully he can give us an interest in the evening.
Gerwyn Price vs Joe Cullen
The opening quarter final of the day sees two of the best players in the world doing battle when the former world champion Gerwyn Price goes up against The Masters winner and Premier League finalist Joe Cullen for a place in the semi-finals.
These two men made it through in completely different fashion on Saturday evening. Price was tested by a very good Matt Campbell and answered the exam sheet in full whereas Cullen was way below par against Dave Chisnall but was the recipient of assistance from the crowd heckling to come from 5-2 down to win 6-5. If he is to have any chance at all here you would think Cullen has to be a whole lot better here. The format going up to the best of 19 might help with that but even then you would imagine Price will have more than enough here. I’m still reluctant to back Price though because if the crowd gets involved he’ll be at a disadvantage. I’m happy to leave this opening one alone.
Ryan Joyce vs Dirk van Duijvenbode
The second quarter final sees the two remaining men in the tournament who opened up their campaign on Friday night going at it when Ryan Joyce takes on the Dutch Darts Masters finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode, with both eyeing up another TV semi-final appearance.
Joyce arrived in Amsterdam with little form to his name but he has overcome the challenges of Danny Baggish and Dimitri Van den Bergh so far. He was fortunate in the first round but played very well in the second one. Van Duijvenbode has also won two matches so far this week. He defeated Haupai Puha in the first round and Gary Anderson in the second and like Joyce he was indifferent in the opening game but improved for the second one so there is a feeling that both should be close to their best in this one. I’m hoping DvD wins this as I’m on him outright and I’m happy to let that ride as my interest in this one.
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Michael Smith vs James Wade
Two more star names meet in the third match of the afternoon when the World Championship finalist Michael Smith goes up against a James Wade who can never be discounted when he gets to this stage of a TV event.
While you shouldn’t write Wade off when he reaches the latter stages of an event, he will have to improve massively on his opening performance on Saturday evening where he beat Leonard Gates 6-4 with an 87.80 average which had a 50% checkout rate which showed how poorly he scored in that match. Smith had no such problems on Saturday evening. He averaged over 107 in defeating Peter Wright, hit five 180s and was 6/11 on the doubles. Smith is a much more consistent performer on the stage these days and so I don’t see his level dropping much. That means that Wade needs to move from neutral to top gear if he is to live with Smith here. I just don’t see it happening though. This match is in the hands of Smith. If he finishes competently then he should cruise into the semi-final. The even money on Smith -2.5 legs is too juicy to turn down.
Michael van Gerwen vs Jonny Clayton
The last of the quarter finals might well turn out to be the pick of them as the former champion and home hero Michael van Gerwen takes on the defending champion Jonny Clayton in a clash between two players in the top seven of the world rankings.
Van Gerwen was solid enough in defeating Damon Heta but the Australian didn’t really show up in the match and you would think the Dutchman will need to be a lot better here. The fear for Clayton would be that the crowd would get to him but he has already dealt with that in beating Danny Noppert on Saturday evening so that is very much a positive. Clayton looked awesome in that game against Noppert, averaging over 104 and nailing four 180s in a convincing 6-2 win over a very classy opponent. Clayton has won four of the last five against MVG and based on their displays on Saturday evening the odds against on the Welshman here looks very tasty.
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