Gary Anderson says he will try his “damnedest” to get one over on Gerwyn Price when the pair collide in the Quarter-Finals of the Grand Slam in Wolverhampton on Saturday.
The pair contested one of the most talked-about finals in the sport’s history 12 months ago which eventually resulted in a 16-13 victory and a first major title for Price.
Anderson had become agitated with the Welshman’s conduct on stage and the two players continually exchanged words throughout the match, with the Scot seen to shove his opponent away from the oche at one stage.
Price was fined a total of £21,500 for ‘Bringing the sport into disrepute and gamesmanship’ during the tournament before eventually having the fine halved on appeal.
Now, the two rivals face off for a place in Sunday afternoon’s Semi-Finals at the Aldersley Leisure Village, and Anderson admits he has no idea how he will fare following a string of indifferent performances in recent weeks.
“I would have been looking forward to it if I was playing well,” Anderson told Live Darts.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen but you can guarantee I’m going to try my damnedest to win up there.
“I’m going to give it a good go.
“I can only go up there and whatever happens happens, I’ve got no clue how my darts are going to go.
“On the practice board they’re going well, I come downstairs and it’s completely different, but I am looking forward to it.”
The duo have met just once in PDC competition since, with Price prevailing 8-6 in a low-key Quarter-Final encounter at the US Masters in Las Vegas in July, but this promises to be a far more lively affair over a long format in one of the sport’s most prestigious events.
Anderson, runner-up in 2011 and 2018, finished top of Group D despite losing his final fixture to Webster in a deciding leg and went on to defeat Robert Thornton 10-8 in a gruelling battle with an average of just 90.
An ever-present in the sport’s elite cross-code major, the Scot added: “I’ve been here since day one, that’s not bad going over the past however many years. We’re still here.
“I’ve watched a few games, I don’t usually watch darts, but Adie Lewis is back, Chizzy’s playing fantastic, Robert [Thornton] is back playing well and I’m hit and miss.
“It’s good to see, the old boys can still play.”