The best of friends? Newton and Pipe are set for a 'grudge match' (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Two of darts' most dangerous floor players collide in the last 16 of the World Matchplay tonight as local hero Wes Newton faces Justin Pipe.
The match promises to be something special and has an added edge following the controversial World Championship battle in December, a game which saw Pipe prevail 4-3, leaving Newton furious with Pipe's apparent slow play.
Both players have enjoyed huge success on the PDC ProTour over the past 18 months and have both established themselves as firm fixtures within the world's top 16 largely as a result of their consistency on the floor.
Newton, who defeated young star James Hubbard 10-5 in his opener, is sure to have a huge backing from his home crowd as he looks to march into a Quarter-Final tie with either Dean Winstanley, or fellow resident thrower Ronnie Baxter.
Pipe produced a thoroughly professional display in seeing off another youth star - Joe Cullen - and many believe this could be the tournament that sees him finally fulfil his potential on the big stage.
The duo have met eight times in previous major competition and Newton will be encouraged by his superior head-to-head record having taken victory on six occasions, including 6-3 in a recent European Tour Quarter-Final.
The bookmakers make Newton the odd-on favourite to progress at 8/13, with Pipe offering value priced at 5/4 to send home Newton on a short journey home with Bet365
The match begins at around 8.30pm BST and will be streamed live over the best of 25 legs from the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
You can listen to our exclusive interviews with both players after their first round wins here