The Quarter-Finals conclude at the 2019/20 World Championship on on Sunday night, with the two respective World Champions aiming to…
The Quarter-Finals conclude at the 2019/20 World Championship on on Sunday night, with the two respective World Champions aiming to continue their charge at Alexandra Palace.
The £2.5 million show-piece has now seen 90 players depart Alexandra Palace over the past 13 days, leaving six in-form hopefuls to continue their pursuit of the sport’s greatest prize.
Michael van Gerwen aims to move a step closer to retaining the world title for the first time and extending his unbeaten run at Ally Pally to ten matches by overcoming Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas.
The reigning Premier League and World Grand Prix champion has dropped just one set in seeing off Jelle Klaasen (3-1), Ricky Evans (4-0) and Stephen Bunting (4-0) and and is now eyeing a Semi-Final spot at Ally Pally for the seventh time in his last eight appearances.
Van Gerwen, who has a tournament average of 98.7, enters the contest as overwhelming odds-on favourite, as well as odds-on favourite for the title, will be out to stamp his authority over the extended format in the first competitive meeting between the two.
Labanauskas has continued his love affair with this competition with four impressive wins to become the first player from the Baltic region to reach a PDC World Championship Quarter-Final.
The world number 82, who dumped out Raymond van Barneveld on his debut here 12 months ago, has already put Matthew Edgar, Ian White, Max Hopp and Steve Beaton to the sword in a landmark run which carries him in to the world’s top 64.
He now faces a mammoth task if he is to defy the odds for what would be one of the biggest upsets in the history of the event, but will look to hit the ground running and catch the Dutchman cold.
The second match of the night sees Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price up against three-time BDO World Champion Glen Durrant.
Number three seed Price has banished his below-par record in this competition and is aiming to take another big step towards a dream final show-down with rival MVG on New Year’s Day.
Price has proved nothing short of a phenomenon this year, backing up his maiden major title by successfully retaining the Grand Slam last month, while also finishing runner-up in the European Championship and Players Championship Finals.
The Welshman, who is appearing in his first World Championship Quarter-Final, was thanking his lucky stars for a fatal miscount from William O’Connor as he snatched victory in the deciding set in Round Two before whitewashing John Henderson 4-0 with a 104 average and defeating Simon Whitlock 4-2 in the Last 16.
Durrant is bidding to become the first player ever to hold the BDO and PDC world titles simultaneously in a remarkable feat that would cap off a fairy-tale first season as a PDC professional in style.
The 49-year-old, who narrowly came through Qualifying School in January, has reached the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam, while also picking up two Players Championship titles.
He followed up a commanding straight sets win over Brisbane Masters champion Damon Heta with a solid 4-2 success over world number six Daryl Gurney before overcoming North East rival Chris Dobey in a deciding set on Saturday.
The proud Teessider knows that a further win here would all but seal a Premier League spot in 2020 but will be focused solely on keeping his hopes of glory alive.
The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of nine sets, best of five legs per set.
A tie-break will be in operation, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches 5-5, the 11th leg will be sudden-death.
William Hill World Championship 2019/20 Match Schedule
Sunday December 29
7.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Darius Labanauskas
8.45pm Gerwyn Price v Glen Durrant