The 2020 World Cup of Darts culminates over two unmissable sessions in Salzburg on Sunday as the eight remaining nations…
The 2020 World Cup of Darts culminates over two unmissable sessions in Salzburg on Sunday as the eight remaining nations compete for the prestigious pairs title.
The cream has once again risen in the annual 32-nation tournament, with six of the eight seeded nations left standing, as well as two formidable unseeded pairings.
Only three different nations have ever lifted this trophy in the ten-year history of the competition, two of which remain in the running here.
Michael van Gerwen is the only remaining player in the field to have tasted World Cup success, having been on the winning side in three of the Netherlands’ joint record four triumphs.
Van Gerwen is partnered this year for the first time by Danny Noppert, with the former Lakeside finalist having given a fine account of himself on debut so far.
Netherlands now take on their sporting rivals Germany in a mouth-watering Quarter-Final as they look to maintain their unbeaten head-to-head record.
Netherlands have seen off Brazil and Spain with relative ease so far, but can expect a much tougher test from two of the tournament’s most evenly-matched professionals.
Max Hopp and debutant Gabriel Clemens have been two of the stand-out performers so far this weekend, dropping just one leg in total en route to routs of Finland and Greece.
Germany have fallen five times at the Quarter-Final hurdle and will be determined to break that curse and open up a golden opportunity to go all the way this evening.
Like the Netherlands, England have also claimed this title on four occasions, all four of which won by Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis.
Top seeds Michael Smith and Rob Cross are looking to follow in the footsteps of the Stoke stars but are faced with a tricky test against hosts Austria.
Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez have overcome the United States and Portugal en route to their fourth Quarter-Final in five years.
The vastly experienced Suljovic will look to put in a captain’s performance alongside his young team-mate as they bid to avenge two previous defeats to England at this stage.
Two-time finalists Wales aim to move a step closer to a maiden World Cup triumph by overcoming 2012 runners-up Australia.
Tournament favourites Wales boast the highest combined and individual averages of the weekend so far, as well as the most 180s, but were involved in the only Second Round tie to go to a doubles decider.
Boosted by Gerwyn Price’s clinical scoring power, Wales dethroned defending champions Scotland on Saturday after Price had defeated John Henderson before Jonny Clayton slipped to defeat against Robert Thornton.
Price was a beaten finalist alongside Mark Webster in 2017 and will be desperate to go one step further and add this title to his growing haul in 2020.
Simon Whitlock is one of only a handful of World Cup ever-presents and looks to have a new lease of life in tournament alongside debutant team-mate Damon Heta.
The Aussie duo have brushed aside tough opposition in the Republic of Ireland and Poland and know they will have to do it the hard way if they are to take the trophy back Down Under.
The opening Quarter-Final sees 2013 finalists Belgium take on a rejuvenated Canada side.
Belgium boast one of the most consistent records in this competition, with the fired-up Kim Huybrechts and World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh looking to reach the Semi-Final stage for the second time as a pair.
Huybrechts was far from happy with their performance despite defeating Latvia on Saturday, and the duo can ill-afford to be off their guard against the tournament’s dark horses.
Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell are bidding to become the first Canadian side to reach the Semi-Finals, having seen off fourth seeds Northern Ireland and New Zealand in style so far.
Tour Card holder Smith and CDC star Campbell look dangerous in both singles and pairs and will be quietly confident of breaking new ground for North America.
The action gets underway from 12pm GMT, with Quarter-Final and Semi-Final ties to be played as two best of seven legs singles matches.
In the event of both nations winning one singles match apiece, a best of seven-leg Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.
The final will be played as two best of seven leg singles matches, followed by a best of seven-leg doubles match and then reverse singles matches. The first team to win three games is declared the winner.
World Cup of Darts 2020 Schedule
All times GMT (local time one hour ahead)
Sunday November 8
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Canada v Belgium
England v Austria
Wales v Australia
Netherlands v Germany
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
England/Austria v Canada/Belgium
Wales/Australia v Netherlands/Germany