The 2020 European Championship enters the Quarter-Final stage in Oberhausen on Saturday as a clutch of in-form underdogs look to…
The 2020 European Championship enters the Quarter-Final stage in Oberhausen on Saturday as a clutch of in-form underdogs look to continue their charge.
Five of the remaining eight hopefuls are appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time, while only one of the pack has previously lifted this trophy.
James Wade, the 2018 champion, is the only former winner of this prestigious title and looks to move a step closer to repeating the feat by overcoming William O’Connor in the opening match of the night.
Wade is appearing in his first major ranking Quarter-Final since the 2019 World Matchplay and is targeting his tenth televised PDC title.
The decorated left-hander has come through two close-run contests en route to this stage, edging out Steve Lennon 6-5 before overcoming Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall 10-8.
O’Connor, meanwhile, finds himself in only a second major Quarter-Final, following on from the Players Championship Finals last November.
Runner-up in last year’s World Cup of Darts alongside Steve Lennon, the proud Irishman has seized his late call-up to the European Championship following Glen Durrant’s positive Covid test by seeing off Joe Cullen and Jamie Hughes for the total loss of just six legs.
Arguably the stand-out tie of the evening sees man of the moment Devon Petersen up against an equally in-form Ian White.
Petersen has stormed his way into a first televised Quarter-Final since the 2015 UK Open, thrashing Andy Hamilton 6-1 before battling back from behind to defeat Martijn Kleermaker 10-8 with a 101 average.
German Championship winner a month ago, ‘The African Warrior’ has continued his blistering spell of form and will look to replicate his win over White at the 2018/19 World Championship in which he came from two sets down to win 3-2.
White heads into the clash on the back of a sensational 10-4 rout of four-time champion Michael van Gerwen on Friday in which he averaged 103.6 in one of his best televised displays to date.
The Stoke ace is now bidding to reach only his second PDC major Semi-Final, the first coming in last November’s Players Championship Finals in Minehead.
World Champion Peter Wright has been installed as the new favourite to claim the crown on Sunday and will look to remain firmly on course by ending the run of a resurgent Steve West.
Wright would reclaim the world number two spot from Gerwyn Price if he were to reach the final, and the colourful Scot has been in ominous form so far after a four-week break from competitive action.
He opened up with a 104.7 average in a 6-3 success over Gabriel Clemens before defeating World Grand Prix champion Price 10-6 with a 102.7 average.
West last reached a major Quarter-Final at this very event two years ago and has made the shock revelation that he would retire immediately if he were to go on and win the title this weekend.
The Essex ace has come through two nail-biting last-leg deciders en route to this stage, firstly against Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5, before edging out Mensur Suljovic 10-9 on Friday night.
Two players entering uncharted territory in this competition collide as Jonny Clayton takes on Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Van Duijvenbode has proved nothing short of a revelation after regaining his Tour Card in January and is now into his second successive major Quarter-Final, following on from his run to the final of the recent World Grand Prix.
The popular Dutchman whitewashed Danny Noppert in Round One before before recovering from 6-3 down to knock out world number four Michael Smith 10-8 in the Last 16.
Welsh ace Clayton has regained a place in the world’s top 16 by virtue of his run this week and is now eyeing a place in a third PDC major Semi-Final.
The number 14 seed edged out Max Hopp in a deciding leg on Thursday before defeating nine-dart hero Jose de Sousa 10-6 with a 98.5 average in Round Two.
The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.
European Darts Championship 2020 Schedule
All times GMT (local time one hour ahead)
Saturday October 31
7.15pm William O’Connor v James Wade
8.15pm Jonny Clayton v Dirk van Duijvenbode
9.15pm Peter Wright v Steve West
10.15pm Devon Petersen v Ian White