Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright lock horns in an eagerly anticipated showdown for a place in the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Thursday.
It promises to be an entertaining and closely fought contest between the players ranked fourth and fifth in the world respectively.
They are both in good form as this is Lewis’ seventh consecutive Quarter-Final appearance, while Wright is appearing in the Last Eight for the eighth event in a row.
‘Jackpot’ has the better of the head-to-head record, though, having won 16 and losing just eight, while also enjoying victory in five of the last seven meetings – most recently at this stage of the World Series’ Tokyo Masters earlier in July.
The two-time World Champion has made plenty of headlines in Blackpool this week, mainly surrounding his feud with Gerwyn Price on social media leading up to their showdown in the Last 16.
However, for all the hype in the build-up, the standard of play was generally disappointing from both men, as Lewis avenged his defeat by Price at the same stage 12 months ago with an 11-5 victory.
This came after the Stoke thrower hit five 180s in his 10-6 win over a struggling Mark Webster in the opening round, and he will be desperate to go one better than his run to the Final here three years ago.
However, it will not be easy by any means against Wright, who is determined to finally end his search for that elusive first major title.
The colourful Scot is one victory away from matching his run to the Semi-Finals at the Winter Gardens last year and has looked sharp again here 12 months on.
Following his 10-5 victory over Joe Cullen in the opening round, ‘Snakebite’ dominated his Last-16 clash with Ian White – taking out finishes of 116 and 108 on the way to a fairly comfortable 11-6 win.
The UK Open finalist now needs to overturn his poor recent form against Lewis if he is to advance to the Last Four for the second year running.
Play gets underway at around 7.15pm BST on Thursday and will be contested over the best of 31 legs (must be won by two clear) at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, with the winner setting up a Semi-Final clash against either Michael van Gerwen or Dave Chisnall.