Michael van Gerwen continues the defence of his World Matchplay crown in a tricky contest against Dave Chisnall in the Quarter-Finals at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Thursday.
Van Gerwen has won each of the last seven meetings with Chisnall, including the final of the European Tour’s Gibraltar Open, while he also triumphed in the Masters showpiece at the start of the year.
The world number one will certainly fancy his chances of making it eight, having dropped just three legs in his opening two matches so far.
After a 10-0 demolition of Jamie Caven in the opening round, ‘Mighty Mike’ picked up from where he left off against Kyle Anderson in the Last 16.
The Dutchman hit four 180s and a top checkout of 128 while averaging 102.97 in a comprehensive 11-3 victory over the Australian, staying on course for what would be a 10th trophy of the season already.
Chisnall will need to rewrite the history book if he is to reach the Semi-Finals in Blackpool for the first time.
However, ‘Chizzy’ is in very good form himself ahead of what will be a fourth consecutive appearance in the Last Eight at the Winter Gardens.
The St Helens thrower navigated his way through a tricky first-round encounter with rising Dutch star Benito Van de Pas, before putting Robert Thornton to the sword on Tuesday.
World number nine Chisnall hit four maximums and a top finish of 132 on his way to an 11-2 demolition of the Scotsman, who was appearing in the Last 16 on the Golden Mile for the first time.
The 35-year-old may have lost his last seven against Van Gerwen – most recently at this stage of the World Series’ Tokyo Masters – but will look to draw on inspiration from his latest televised win over the world number one in the Last Eight on route to reaching the final of the 2013 World Grand Prix.
Play gets underway at around 9pm 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 Adrian Lewis or Peter Wright.