The Quarter-Final line-up will be confirmed at the World Darts Championship on Wednesday night with three places left up for…
The Quarter-Final line-up will be confirmed at the World Darts Championship on Wednesday night with three places left up for grabs.
The final session of action in 2020 sees three current major champions among those looking to remain in the running for world title glory at Alexandra Palace in the New Year.
Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Krzysztof Ratajski, Stephen Bunting and Daryl Gurney have already secured their spot in the Quarter-Finals and a clutch of star names are vying to join them.
World number three Gerwyn Price continues his quest for a maiden world title with a show-down against a rejuvenated Mervyn King in arguably the stand-out tie of the night.
Price, who reached the Semi-Finals at Ally Pally 12 months ago, is out to remain on a potential collision course for a dream final show-down with rival MVG on January 3.
The reigning World Grand Prix and World Cup winner was given a major scare by Brendan Dolan in the Last 32 but held his nerve to prevail in a dramatic sudden death leg.
He also came from a set down to edge out fellow Welshman Jamie Lewis in Round Two and has proven he is willing to do things the hard way if necessary as he looks to add to his growing haul of silverware.
King has proved a revelation in recent months, kicking on from his run to the final of the Players Championship Finals in November by producing the best William Hill World Championship performance to date.
The 54-year-old, twice a BDO World finalist, averaged 103.5 in whitewashing Grand Slam champion Jose De Sosua 4-0 following up a 99.6 average in a 3-1 win over Max Hopp.
The world number 19 last reached the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally in 2009 – when he was eventually halted by Phil Taylor in the Last Four – and will be confident he can silence the animated Welshman with a similarly strong showing.
The opening match of the night sees reigning Premier League champion Glen Durrant take on World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Three-time BDO World Champion Durrant is bidding to make it back-to-back Quarter-Final appearances at Ally Pally, having been denied by Gerwyn Price on his debut 12 months ago.
The world number 12 swept aside Brazil’s Diogo Portela in straight sets before holding off a late fightback from America’s Danny Baggish to close out a 4-2 triumph.
The tenacious Teessider now faces his toughest test yet against a player enjoying the best spell of his career, having broken new ground at Ally Pally this year.
Victory for Van Duijvenbode would see him enter the world’s top 32 for the first time and set up a mouth-watering show-down with two-time World Champion Gary Anderson.
The pumped-up Dutchman came from two sets down to deny Bradley Brooks in Round One before knocking out 2018 World Champion Rob Cross in a sudden death set and going on to whitewash Adam Hunt 4-0 with a stunning 104 average.
He is now targeting a fourth Quarter-Final appearance in his last five major televised tournaments, underlining his new-found consistency since regaining a Tour Card in January.
Dimitri van den Bergh is also enjoying the best year of his career to date, and the reigning World Matchplay champion steps up his latest pursuit of glory with a clash against Dave Chisnall.
Van den Bergh has continued his superb record in this competition to move to the brink of a third Quarter-Final appearance in his last four Ally Pally campaigns.
The world number nine is yet to drop a set so far, thrashing Singapore legend Paul Lim 3-0 with a 105.6 average before whitewashing Jermaine Wattimena 4-0.
Semi-finalist in the recent Grand Slam, Van den Bergh is eyeing only a second win over Chisnall in six meetings since 2017.
Multiple major finalist Chisnall came out on the wrong end of a seven-set thriller against Jeffrey de Zwaan in Round Three last year and could be set for another classic here.
The two-time Ally Pally quarter-finalist has seen off Keegan Brown 3-1 and Danny Noppert 4-2 with averages of 97.3 and 99.7, notably recovering from two sets down in the last round.
Chisnall landed eleven 180s in his comeback win over Noppert but could face similar power-scoring from Van den Bergh – who set a new record average at the Grand Slam last month.
The action gets underway from 6pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of seven sets, best of five legs per set.
In a change from previous World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break in any match. Should any deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.
William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Schedule
Wednesday December 30
6.15pm Dirk van Duijvenbode v Glen Durrant
7.30pm Gerwyn Price v Mervyn King
8.45pm Dave Chisnall v Dimitri van den Bergh