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European Darts Championship 2016 Day Three preview and order of play: Final eight hungry for glory in Hasselt

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 30 Oct 2016
Taylor aims to wrestle the trophy from the grasp of MVG (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2016 European Championship draws to a gripping conclusion on Sunday as seven in-form hopefuls aim to deny Michael van Gerwen a hat-trick of titles in Hasselt.

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The £400,000 major culminates with the Quarter-Finals in the afternoon session, followed by the Semi-Finals and Final in the evening session, ensuring a marathon day of darts for the eventual two finalists.

Van Gerwen is out to extend his run of seven consecutive televised tournament final appearances and to make it fifteen games unbeaten in this competition by going all the way this evening.

The back-to-back European Champion, winner of 21 PDC titles in 2016 alone, survived a scare from Simon Whitlock before breezing past Gerwyn Price and now faces a tough test against Dutch rival Jelle Klaasen in the last eight. 

The mesmeric duo, with no love lost between them, face off in a TV major for the first time since MVG defeated Klaasen 10-7 at this stage of this very event three years ago.

Klaasen enters the clash on the back of impressive wins over Steve West and Stephen Bunting, averaging 101 in the latter, and is aiming to end a run of seven straight defeats to the world number one in all competititons.

Phil Taylor, the most successful player in European Championship history, aims to bolster his push for a fifth crown and a first since 2011 by overcoming man of the moment Mensur Suljovic.

Taylor followed up a 109 average in the opening round with a 104 on Saturday and will be keen to sustain that level of performance against one of the trickiest customers in the sport at present.

Suljovic, who is seeded number two this weekend, has also recorded back-to-back ton-plus averages in thrashing Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 before edging out Ian White in a last-leg decider to embark on his best ever run in this event.

The world number eleven, however, was on the receiving end of an 11-5 mauling by 'The Power' in July's World Matchplay and is yet to taste victory over the 16-time World Champion in four previous attempts.

James Wade has flown under the radar with two crushing victories en route to this stage, and the number four seed aims to step up his title pursuit at the expense of dangerous debutant James Wilson.

Wade has dropped just three legs in his opening two triumphs but will be braced for a stern examination from the former BDO number one - who has already dispatched Kim Huybrechts and Mervyn King to continue his fine run of form.

Peter Wright, semi-finalist on this stage 12 months ago, aims to equal that run by ending the hopes of Australia's Kyle Anderson.

The world number five has once again tinkered with his darting setup this weekend in an attempt to find the perfect formula and will be out to build on his eye-catching display against Cristo Reyes which saw him wire double 12 for a nine-darter.

Anderson is appearing in his second major Quarter-Final of the season following commanding wins over Dave Chisnall and James Richardson and could make considerable inroads on the Order of Merit should he progress to his first televised Semi-Final here.

The action gets underway from 12.45pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and Final best of 21 at the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium.

Unibet European Championship 2016 match schedule

All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Sunday October 30

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
1.00pm James Wilson v James Wade
2.00pm Michael van Gerwen v Jelle Klaasen
3.00pm Mensur Suljovic v Phil Taylor
4.00pm Peter Wright v Kyle Anderson

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
van Gerwen/Klaasen v Wilson/Wade
Suljovic/Taylor v Anderson/Wright

Final


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