German Darts Grand Prix 2019 Day Three preview and order of play: Last 16 vie for glory in Munich

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 22 Apr 2019
Premier League pair Cross and Gurney collide (credit:Michael Cooper/PDC)

The third European Tour event of the season reaches its climax in Munich on Easter Monday as the 16 remaining hopefuls battle it out for the title.

A day of upsets on Sunday saw no fewer than seven seeds crash out at the Second Round stage, including Ian White, Peter Wright, James Wade and Michael Smith.

A clutch of the usual suspects remain standing in the quest to claim the £25,000 top prize at The Zenith, alongside a scattering of lower-ranked hopefuls aiming to forge a strong run.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen steps up his pursuit of a second Euro Tour title in three attempts this season when he takes on former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting.

Van Gerwen set his stall out with a 102 average in defeating Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 on Sunday and has won 14 of his 17 previous meetings with Bunting - who has thrashed Alan Norris and Danny Noppert 6-1 so far this weekend.

European Tour specialist Ricky Evans is aiming to make it back-to-back finals following on from the German Championship, and the Kettering ace looks to pick up from where he left off in whitewashing Michael Smith when he faces Ted Evetts.

Heavy-scoring Evetts is appearing on the final day of action on the Euro Tour for the first time courtesy of wins over Mark Wilson and top 16 star Jonny Clayton.

Two Premier League stars collide in the pick of the Last 16 ties as world number two Rob Cross takes on Players Champion Daryl Gurney.

This will be the fourth meeting between the pair in 2019, with Cross having won both of their Premier League clashes, while Gurney was a 6-2 victor en route to taking the German Championship title last month.

A partisan home crowd get set to cheer on their number one talisman once again as Max Hopp looks to overcome former Euro Tour event winner Kim Huybrechts.

Hopp saw off fellow former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown in Round Two, while Huybrechts held his nerve to edge out man of the moment James Wade in a last-leg decider.

Karel Sedlacek has already made history by becoming the first player from the Czech Republic to make the Third Round of a Euro Tour event, and the conqueror of Ian White now looks to repeat the dose on number 15 seed Darren Webster.

Joe Cullen, a player still on the hunt for his first Euro Tour final after several Semi-Final appearances, came from behind to knock out Glen Durrant in Round Two and now meets rank outsider Ritchie Edhouse - who stunned Adrian Lewis with a 160 checkout in the deciding leg on Sunday.

Former Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic faces a tough test against fellow top 16 star Dave Chisnall - who averaged 109 in a blistering display to defeat Arron Monk in his opener.

The final match of the afternoon session sees number 14 seed Simon Whitlock looking to improve on a 93 average in his opening salvo on Sunday when he faces UK Open quarter-finalist Ross Smith - who averaged 98 in dumping out Peter Wright 6-4.

The action gets underway from midday, with Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.

German Darts Grand Prix 2019 Schedule


All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Monday April 22

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting
Ricky Evans v Ted Evetts
Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic v Dave Chisnall
Darren Webster v Karel Sedlacek
Kim Huybrechts v Max Hopp
Joe Cullen v Ritchie Edhouse
Ross Smith v Simon Whitlock

Evening Session (6.15pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Van Gerwen/Bunting v Evans/Evetts
Cross/Gurney v Suljovic/Chisnall
Webster/Sedlacek v Huybrechts/Hopp
Cullen/Edhouse v R Smith/Whitlock

Semi-Finals

Final


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