The quarter finals get under way tonight at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship – and we’ll be bringing you comprehensive coverage of tonight’s games as the identity of two semi-finalists will be known.
Up first is 2007 world champion Raymond van Barneveld, who beat Gary Anderson 4-0 in round three, and Simon Whitlock, winner of a 4-3 nail-biter with Dave Chisnall.
Then it’s a battle between two natives of Stoke-on-Trent as Phil Taylor, the winner of 15 world titles, takes on last year’s runner-up Andy Hamilton.
Over the next few hours, we promise to let you know about any big shots, any fun costumes in the crowd and get some opinion from the press room at Ally Pally.
There will also be live odds from both games as they progress. With each set, they’re bound to change so if you’re betting in play, you’ll be able to make a decision on the spot.
Meanwhile, on our blog, we’ve got views from the likes of fellow quarter-finalists James Wade and Wes Newton as well as commentator John Gwynne on the tournament and what lies in store over the next few days.
Here’s the schedule of play for tonight:
7.15pm: Raymond van Barneveld v Simon Whitlock
9.15pm: Phil Taylor v Andy Hamilton
This session is sure to provide plenty of thrills and spills, especially with so much quality on the stage.
Get involved – There are plenty of talking points surrounding the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship. Who do you fancy to win it? And what’s been your highlight so far? Tweet us using the hashtag #LadbrokesDarts and tell us your views via Facebook below.
Right, on with the action…
Please Note: All Odds and Markets are correct at the time of publishing
Looks like there are plenty of happy punters around today – always good to see! Well done to everyone who has picked a winner over the last four days.
So after 27 races over four brilliant days, that’s it.
Same time next year for more amazing racing? Bring on Cheltenham 2014!!!!!
Kieran Woodward on Twitter: End of #CheltFest 2013. Ended up with some decent wins and ended in profit! Bring on #Aintree
That’s a record-breaking 14 wins for Irish trainers at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival, with Ruby Walsh finishing as top jockey.
Kim Pearce on Twitter: Woooo 3 winners today #Cheltfest now let’s get on it
Jon White on Twitter: So finished Cheltenham about 50 up! Not a bad weeks work! #CheltFest #BringOn2014
It was a barren opening three days for AP McCoy, but he has more than made up for it today with two wins and he brings the 2013 Cheltenham Festival to a close in some style.
2 Kid Cassidy
3 Oiseau De Nuit
Victory for AP McCoy as Alderwood the favourite wins and it’s a 1-2 for JP McManus!
Plenty of drama as Alderwood comes up the inside. Kid Cassidy is leading…
AP McCoy is well down the field on Alderwood…as is Ruby Walsh.
They’re off in the final race…let’s hope for a good last race to finish the Festival in style….
There’s a big field in the final race of the Festival – 24 runners in total. And Ladbrokes’ expert tipster Craig Kemp fancies Kid Cassidy. He’s already had a couple of winners today!!
What a fantastic four days it has been…but it’s not quite over yet. There’s the 27th and final race and it’s 13-13 between GB and Ireland.
Still time to have a punt on on 17:15pm.
Iain Sisson on Twitter: AP to come through on Alderwood in the last #cheltfest #fingerscrossed
Alderwood down again to just 3/1. As for the challengers, Kid Cassidy and Ulck Du Lin are at 8/1. Rody is at 9/1, while Petit Robin has dropped from 20/1 to just 12/1. A lot of people fancy him as an each-way punt.
Jordan Lane on Twitter: Well in Salubrious! Dragged me level for the #CheltFest
In the Grand Annual, Nicky Henderson has no fewer than six runners in this race. After his phenomenally successful Gold Cup, imagine how he would feel if he got the winner here…
The final race of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival is the Grand Annual. The favourite is Alderwood, ridden by AP McCoy. He’s at 7/2, down from an initial price of 5/1.
Salubrious’ win not only gets Paul Nicholls a much-needed victory, but it means the Irish-trained contingent’s attempt to break the record goes to the final race!
3rd: Double Ross
Salubrious wins the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle!
Double Ross still at the head of the pack, but Salubrious takes the lead.
Make Your Mark nearly fell, but it looks like Edeymi is gone.
So far, it looks like the Irish contingent aren’t going to get the 14th win here.
A lot of the fancied runners haven’t done much so far, but Double Ross still leads.
Early on, it looks good for Double Ross.
Gevrey Chambertin is looking even stronger. He’s now 11/4. Toner Doudairies is now out at 14/1 having started at 10/1.
Gevrey Chambertin’s position as the favourite has become a little bit stronger. His odds have shortened a little bit more to just 7/2.
With two races to go, a win in either for an Irish trainer will see the record of 13 smashed for Irish winners at Cheltenham.
A bit of movement in the betting: Edeymi is now at 12/1, and Village Vic is the new second favourite at 8/1 alongside Make Your Mark. Just behind is Ma Filleule at 9/1 and Toner Doudairies at 10/1.
carl pownall on Twitter: “@RacingPost: Irish equal their #CheltFest record of 13 wins with Salsify #Cheltenham”…….. Defiantly year of the Irish this year
For the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle, the favourite is Gevrey Chambertin at 9/2. Second favourite is Edeymi at 9/1, despite not winning any of their last seven races.
DYC on Twitter: RT @liam_heavey: Salsify wins from DIVINE INTAVENTION, the gods definitely looking down on connections of salsify there #cheltfest
Back to the Gold Cup, and the win for Bob’s Worth handed Nicky Henderson his 50th win at Cheltenham!
Only four of the 23 runners in the Foxhunter Chase actually finished the race according to BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra.
3rd Place in the Foxhunter Chase went to Cottage Oak.
Two more races to go before the Cheltenham Festival ends for another year. Next up is the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
2nd: Divine Intavention
A jink from Oscar Delta unseated jockey Jane Mangan in the most dramatic finish of the week at Cheltenham.
Salsify wins the Foxhunter Chase!
Oscar Delta is out of it, and Salsify wins for a second year in a row!
Salsify trying to win, but Oscar delta looking like winning it with one fence left to go…
Oscar Delta takes the lead!
Oscar Delta narrowing the gap with a few fences left.
Cottage Oak is still in contention, while Salsify is making a late move.
Creevytenant not looking so good right now, but jumping a little better.
Oscar Delta is among the those trying to narrow the gap and looks most likely to overtake the leader.
Nearly at the halfway stage, Creevytenant remains in front looks convincing.
Creevytenant still leading despite some erratic jumping.
Creevytenant is leading in the early stages
Salsify now at 2/1. Cottage Oak has drifted to 9/1, while Dantes Strom and Galant Nuit are both down from 20/1 to 16/1.
The field in this race is made up mainly of amateur jockeys, many of whom will aspire to become full-time riders while others do it purely for the love of horse racing.
Another outsider to watch is What A Laugh who, despite long odds of 33/1, has won five of their last seven outings.
The Foxhunter Chase is one for the veterans: ages of the competitors range from eight to 13! Expect the younger ones to perform well, but the 13-year-old That’s Rhythm looks like a decent bet at 25/1.
For the Foxhunter Chase, Salsify’s at 5/2, Chapoturgeon is at 9/2 while Cottage Oak is at 8/1.
Anthony Georgiou on Twitter: Bobs worth is a good ‘ORSE unlucky long run #CheltFest
One man who will come away disappointed is Ruby Walsh, who fell with Silviniaco Conti with only a small part of the race left to go. Fortunately, both escaped unharmed.
Cari Fflur Thomas on Twitter: The Gold Cup never fails to excite. What a lovely little horse. So much love for n.henderson #cheltfest
If you’ve just managed to recover after that amazing race, there’s still three more to come! Next up is the CGA Foxhunter Steeplechase, where the favourite is Salsify at 5/2.
A great race for Nicky Henderson. As well as the winner, he got a useful 3rd place with the valiant Long Run too.
What does the future hold for Bobs Worth? Expect him to be etched into Gold Cup history like Kauto Star et al.
Can the next few races top off what we’ve just seen? An amazing finish to an intriguing race.
Darragh Egan on Twitter: Bob ya beauty #cheltfest
What a breathless finish. Bobs Worth battled as it looked like Long Run was going to lead from start to finish, but it wasn’t to be. Superb finish to the race.
Great win for Bobs Worth. One of the best moments of Barry Geraghty’s career to date. He pays tribute to his friend and compatriot J T McNamara.
1st: Bobs Worth
2nd: Sir Des Champs
3rd: Long Run
An incredible finish – Bobs Worth takes the lead in the final straight and wins the Gold Cup!!!!!
Silviniaco Conti has gone! Long run and Sir Des Champs are going head to head.
Long Run still going strong ahead of Sir Des Champs with four to jump…
Sir Des Champs is looking strong in second behind Long Run.
12 to jump and at the end of the first circuit…
Long Run still leads by a length and a half. Bob’s Worth is back in fifth.
There’s 20 fences left to jump, very early days to go yet here. Long Run currently setting the pace…
And they’re off…
It looks too close to call, as the odds suggest.
Bobs Worth’s odds drift again to 11/4. A negative sign for Barry Geraghty?
Long Run now down to just 7/2! Second favourite for the Gold Cup now.
12/1 shot Cape Tribulation is expected to perform well, and will love the soft ground.
Long Run has never been out of the top three in his career so far, but there are question marks over whether he’s as good as he used to be.
Adam Morgan on Twitter: No one does a monologue over a montage like Alastair Down @Channel4Racing #Cheltenham2013 #cheltfest
Latest odds: Bobs Worth – 5/2; Long Run – 4/1; Silviniaco Conti – 4/1; Sir Des Champs – 4/1
Two in the field, Cape Tribulation and The Giant Bolster, won their last race at Cheltenham. A good sign for both?
Paul Carberry won’t be riding Monbeg Dude after falling in the last race. Simon Twiston-Davies will step in at the last minute.
Got to say that these Gold Cup montages on Channel 4’s coverage make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Superb television.
What an event. What history. What tradition. Awesome, simply awesome. This is a special, special day in the sporting calendar.
Both Bobs Worth and Sir Des Champs are in scintillating form. Both have won eight of their last 10 races!
A legend of the sport, AP McCoy will be hoping for a Gold Cup hat-trick. He won his first in 1997 with Mr Mulligan and took the big prize last year with Synchronised.
Emily Wain on Twitter: Love that I can hear the crowd and the tanoy from #cheltfest from my bedroom. #goldcup
Nice to see two-time Gold Cup winner Kauto Star back at Cheltenham being parading in front of the crowd before this year’s big race.
An interesting story about 33/1 shot Monbeg Dude: according to the Daily Telegraph, he was bought by former rugby star Mike Tindall for just £12,000! Since then, expert training has earned him a spot in the race.
Anna Kerr on Twitter: Great to see so many female trainers represented and having success on the national hunt circuit #cheltfest
Marc Galer on Twitter: #Bobsworth odds on fav,but don’t underestimate @apmccoy #SirDesChamps
Odds for Sir Des Champs have drifted to 4/1. Favourite Bobs Worth’s odds have moved in the other direction, shortening to 11/4. Silviniaco Conti is down to just 4/1.
Andy Allan on Twitter: Nice one AP #CheltFest #Bookiebashing
Current odds for the Gold Cup:
Bobs Worth: 3/1
Sir Des Champs: 7/2
Long Run: 9/2
Silviniaco Conti: 9/2
Cape Tribulation: 12/1
Captain Chris: 14/1
The Giant Bolster: 14/1
Monbeg Dude: 33/1
Wayward Prince: 100/1
Just under half an hour to go until the main event. Will Tony McCoy follow his win in the Novices Hurdle up, or will someone else pull off a shock? We can’t wait!
1st: At Fishers Cross
2nd: African Gold
3rd: Inish Island
A big win for Tony McCoy there. “He’s got a great attitude and keeps fighting”, he said of At Fishers Cross. He also paid tribute to J T McNamara, the jockey who suffered a serious injury yesterday.
Well played, AP McCoy. Timed it to perfection after the final fence and won with plenty to spare. A fantastic ride from a true sporting legend.
At Fishers Cross wins the Novice Hurdle!
Ofaolains Boy leading… African Gold and At Fishers Cross fighting it out… At Fishers Cross has won it!
At Fishers Cross closing in.
Long way to go still, but Ofaolains Boy still leads.
Le Bec currently in second to many people’s surprise, but African Gold making progress.
Our Vinnie and I Shot The Sheriff have fallen!
Midway, the leaders include Ofaolains Boy, with Utopie Des Bordes among the chasing pack.
The early leader right now is Ofaolains Boy.
Sun Racing on Twitter: Softening ground will suit 11-8 fav At Fishers Cross and templegate’s tip African Gold (5-1) in the next at #cheltfest
David Buckell on Twitter: #cheltfest double: At Fisher’s Cross & Silviniaco Conti #fingerscrossed
Some last-minute moves: Inish Island up to 13/2, while Our Vinnie’s odds shorten further to 7/1.
A bet of £4,000 has been placed on African Gold at odds of 5/1. Someone else has bet £10,000 on At Fishers Cross!
A slight shift in odds for some of the main contenders: African Gold now out at 11/2 and Our Vinnie down to 15/2.
Stephen Long on Twitter: Have put the last of my #CheltFest winnings on Bobs Worth. You’re my last remaining hope son.
Despite the relatively tender age of most of the field, Aaim To Prosper is nine years old!
Some big names in the field so soon before the Gold Cup. Tony McCoy, Paul Carberry, Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty all take part in the Novices Hurdle.
At Fishers Cross down to just 11/8, while Our Vinnie’s at a tempting 8/1. Inish Island’s odds have halved from 12/1 to just 6/1 since the betting started.
OffTheBridle.com on Twitter: Cheltenham is now SOFT (Good to Soft in places) #CheltFest
African Gold, the second favourite in the Novices Hurdle, is in great form, winning five out his last six races. He’s at 5/1 if you’re interested.
As a starter before the main course that is the Gold Cup, the Novices Hurdle is well worth watching. The favourite is At Fishers Cross, down from 9/4 to 6/4.
Channel 4 Racing on Twitter: Ireland now have 12 #cheltfest winners; Ireland need one more to equal their winning-most Festival.
ILikeSport on Twitter: I’m going for Utopie Des Bordes in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle, 10/1 e/w #CheltFest
Seen our special Cheltenham infographic yet? Check it out – it’s packed with all sorts of stats about the world-famous Festival!
Tony Martin, Ted Veale’s trainer expressed his delight, but sounds a little worse for wear. “We had a bit of a rough night last night”, he said to Channel Four!
Niall Greenan on Twitter: Great Britain 10 – 12 Ireland ! #Cheltfest
In the head-to-head between Great Britain and Ireland, it’s now 12-10 to the Emerald Isle!
BBC Radio 5 live on Twitter: “You don’t hear the crowd even though they’re roaring.”: 5 live’s Andrew Thornton on winning the Gold Cup #cheltfest
1st: Ted Veale
2nd: Tennis Cap
It’s two wins in a row for Brian Cooper, and he now has a hat-trick of Cheltenham victories this year! He’s speechless!
Ted Veale wins the County Hurdle!
Ted Veale’s now in front… and he’s done it!
Tennis Cap and Ted Veale fighting it out at the front…
Ifandbutwhynot closing in on the leaders!
Tennis Cap starting to open up a decent lead with Kings Lad still in second. Cotton Mill in contention.
Some of the favourites are near the back, while Tennis Cap stays in front.
The early leader is Tennis Cap, with King’s Lad in second.
Cotton Mill and Ifandbuywhynot are now joint favourites at 8/1! Tanerko Emery is a horse whose odds are coming in: he’s now down to 10/1 from 14/1.
One runner whose odds have shortened is Il Fenomeno, down to 20/1 from 28/1.
They’re heading to the starting post for the County Hurdle, which promises to be hotly-contested. Cotton Mill is expected to perform better than last year when he fell partway through the race.
Brian Cooper, so soon after winning with Our Conor is looking for back-to-back wins with Ted Veale, who is now back at 10/1. Not long left if you want to back him.
A field of 28 runners will compete in the County Hurdle. Hard to pick a winner here!
As you might expect, the odds for the next race are changing all the time. Favourite Cotton Mill is now out at 8/1, but Ifandbutwhynot is steady at 9/1. Ted Veale, tipped by our very own Craig Kemp, is now at the same price!
Speaking on Channel Four, Sam Waley-Cohen, jockey for Long Run is talking up his prospects of winning the Gold Cup. He said that despite his age, his stamina could stand him in good stead.
The next race is the 14:05 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle. Current favourite is 7/1 shot Cotton Mill.
Our Conor won by an astonishing 15 lengths. Can anyone win by more today?
11 Irish winners so far at Cheltenham now, one more than Great Britain!
That was an amazing ride from Our Conor, a star in the making is how the pundits have reacted – and it’s hard to disagree after a display like that. This horse has a real bright future ahead. Brilliant!
Our Conor will be in next year’s Champion Hurdle, and some of the experts believe his odds will be incredibly short, especially after his performance today.
Sametegal, a 40/1 shot, came third.
1st: Our Conor
2nd: Far West
Our Conor seals a big win after a late surge. Six wins in a row!
Diakali heading for the final turn in front.
Diakali still in front but the chasing pack are narrowing the gap.
Diakali out a little further in front with Our Conor a distant second.
Our Conor and Rolling Star near the front.
Out in front in the early stages is Diakali, one of the outsiders.
…and they’re off!!!
14 of the 17 runners have won before.
Our Conor heads right in front.
The runners about to head to the post…
Rolling Star’s odds have already shortened to 9/4. Our Conor’s now out at 9/2 with Far West.
As usual, plenty of celebrities have taken to Twitter to reveal who they fancy for the Gold Cup. Here’s a selection of some of the tweets we’ve spotted so far…
Former Southampton and England star Matt Le Tissier is backing Silviniaco Conti
Sky’s Alex Hammond fancies Sir Des Champs
Clare Balding likes the look of Long Run
And Michael Owen is predicting a 1-2-3 of Bobs Worth, Long Run and Sir Des Champs
The first race is seen as a big stepping stone for young horses – exclusively for four-year-olds. Previous winners to go on to bigger and better things include Zarkandar, trained by Paul Nicholls.
As the first race draws closer, the favourite for the Triumph Hurdle is Rolling Star at 3/1. Our Conor’s price has drifted slightly to 4/1, but has won each of his last five races. Far West at 9/2 could help to give Ruby Walsh yet another victory.
Willie Mullins has never trained a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, but as Craig Kemp explains in his preview for the big race, today could be his day.
Ruby Walsh is the leading jockey at Cheltenham this week with four wins. As for the trainers, Willie Mullins has five to his name, more than any other so far. They’ve both got a great chance to add to their total today.
According to Channel Four, Gold Cup Day is the second most popular day on the calendar with punters.
It’s still raining…what impact – if any – will this have on today’s racing?
As far as the weather’s concerned, it’s forecast to rain all afternoon. The going is currently good to soft, but persistent rain could change that.
According to Jim McGrath, speaking on Channel Four’s coverage, Gold Cup day is the biggest of all four days because it helps to make icons such as Arkle and Kauto Star. There’s every chance the winner of this year’s race could follow in their footsteps.
Just 40 minutes to go until the first race starts, and the expected crowd of around 70,000 is starting to file in despite the wet weather. You can’t question their dedication!
A P McCoy is the confirmed jockey for Sir Des Champs in the Gold Cup. He replaces Davy Russell, who withdrew through injury.
Away from the actual races, it’ll be interesting to see if there are any famous faces at Cheltenham today. We’ve already seen Pippa Middleton, Zara Phillips and Princess Anne turn up. Don’t be surprised to see someone like Sir Alex Ferguson in the crowd today!
The first three days at Cheltenham were pretty evenful. Alongside some expected winners, we also saw a few shocks including Solwhit’s memorable victory at the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Do you think there’ll be any surprises today? Feel free to let us know.
We have odds for all seven races today. If you fancy a little flutter, visit this page for a complete list of odds and stats for each horse.
Everyone’s looking forward to the Gold Cup, and why not? Even if there are only nine runners, the field is packed with star quality including favourite Bobs Worth, Sir Des Champs and the former Gold Cup champion Long Run.
There’s less than 90 minutes to go until the final day starts. Who’s as excited as we are?
Well, that’s it folks.
The January transfer window has been and gone, over £116million has been spent by Premier League clubs and it’s been a day of highs, lows and ridiculous scenes involving Peter Odemwingie over the last 15 hours.
It has been emotional…
No Chainzz on Twitter: Hearing Odemwingie has caught pneumonia #DeadlineDay
Malcolm Nellis on Twitter: The transfer window has closed firmly shut.. Big Ben has chimed, time for bed #DeadlineDay #Beckstoparis #QPRdancetheSamba.. O-damn-wingie
Martin Pitt on Twitter: #Arsenal actually sign a player!! #AFC #TransferDeadlineDay #DeadlineDay welcome to arsenal Nacho Monreal!
Arsenal left it late, but they got their man. Nacho Monreal has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
From Beckham to Balotelli, Odemwingie to odd goings on Loftus Road, it’s been a day to remember…
It’s like New Year’s Eve….DONG! DONG! DONG!
That’s it folks.
The January transfer window is closed.
One minute to go…
Something tells us that Peter Odemwingie will be worth following on Twitter tonight…
‘arry may have missed out on Peter Odemwingie, but he has completed the loan signing of Andros Townsend until the end of the season.
Jamie Iversen on Twitter: These last 5 minutes are what January is all about #deadlineday
Where does Peter Odemwingie’s career go from here?
He thought he’d played his last game for West Brom. He thought he was set to join QPR.
Good luck, Peter. You’re going to need it as the Albion fans are unlikely to forgive you.
Fourth televised Harry Redknapp interview of the day. We’ve heard from him in his car, outside the ground and now in Loftus Road.
Redknapp has confirmed that the Peter Odemwingie deal is off.
Last chance for managers to make their move – and last chance for you to bet on the last Premier League team to sign a player tonight.
Fifteen minutes to go. It’s been a looooooooooooong day, but this is it. Just 15 minutes left.
Ben stevens on Twitter: Peter Odemwingie – 15 minutes or your career is dying. #DeadlineDay
Mike Shock on Twitter: Come on Arry pull something out of the bag #DeadlineDay
Monnor Culvaney on Twitter: QPR is a prime example of the issues with the January transfer window. #deadlineday
Spare a thought for the Sky Sports News reporters camped outside clubs like Stoke and Tottenham who have been mobbed by some pretty rowdy fans.
Michael McCaul on Twitter: Nothing says HEADS GONE like Peter Odemwingie #TransferDeadlineDay #deadlineday
A flurry of activity at last…
Xisco’s contract at Newcastle has been terminated.
Stoke have formally signed goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham.
Brighton have bagged Matthew Upson from Stoke.
A loan deal for Eyong Enoh at Fulham has been finalised.
Paul Wilkinson on Twitter: Is Andy Booth available? #spurs #deadlineday
George Boyd’s proposed move from Peterborough to Nottingham Forest is off.
Why? We’ll let Peterborough Darragh MacAnthony tell you.
Check out what he’s been tweeting: “What is with NFFC messing around with my club.1st my manager,now after putting Boyd through a medical since 10am this morning, their owner has cxxx the deal at last minute when their manager wants him.
“Farcical & ridiculous.
“Apparently after playing 300 games in 6 and half years, his vision isn’t 20/20 so no deal. Total disgrace the whole thing.”
DONE DEAL: John Stones is now officially an Everton player after completing his move from Barnsley.
Arsenalista on Twitter: BBC and Sky reporting Monreal and that’s it. #ArsenaI finished for the night. Really good player,needed one or two more.Shame. #deadlineday
There’s ALWAYS late drama on deadline day…but where will it happen tonight?
Loftus Road? The Emirates?
Franco.J.P on Twitter: Sod it I’m on my way to QPR everyone else is. #deadlineday
QueenOfMashatar on Twitter: Brek Shea for Stoke is a good deal. Think he’s a quality player #deadlineday
DONE DEAL: Jermaine Jenas has put pen to paper on an 18-month deal at QPR after leaving Tottenham.
Stan Collymore has hinted on Twitter that West Ham’s Mohamed Diame could be on his way to Arsenal.
brads on Twitter: TOTTENHAM HAVE LAUNCHED A LAST MINUTE BID FOR CHRISTIAN BENTEKE #deadlineday #THFC #AVFC
BREAKING NEWS: QPR staff have turned the lights off & are pretending nobody’s in, Odemwingie hasn’t got the hint however!
Less than 60 minutes to go. Less than 60 minutes for managers to wheel, deal and splash the cash.
The totaliser stands at over £116 million spent by Premier League clubs.
RØB on Twitter: I get the feeling WBA set up Odemwingie as revenge for his twitter rant #deadlineday
Which Premier League team will be the last to sign a player tonight? Stoke are 8s, West Brom 25s, QPR are 11/4 and Tottenham are 4s.
Check out the live odds here.
DONE DEALS: Kevin Phillips has agreed a loan move to Crystal Palace until the end of the season, Mouhamadou Habib Habibou has joined Leeds on loan with a view to a permanent move, Jody Morris has left Bristol City, Sheffield United have completed the deal to bring in Barry Robson until the end of the season and Dagenham have re-signed striker Ben Strevens.
Ad.i.Am on Twitter: 1 and a bit hours to go, at least 9 million in our wallet… LETS GO AND GET SOMEONE BIG!! #ncfc #DeadlineDay
Burnley fans can sleep easy tonight despite interest from Nottingham Forest and QPR for top scorer Charlie Austin.
The club have just tweeted: “There will be no more movements tonight involving Burnley Football Club.”
This must be the most surreal transfer saga in Premier League history EVER. It’s a good job there’s plenty going on at Loftus Road because it’s pretty quiet everywhere else.
Famous last words…
DRAMA: It turns out that Peter Odemwingie was refused entrance to Loftus Road when he just turned up earlier this evening as QPR didn’t want to disrespect West Brom, who refused permission for him to talk to rival clubs.
So…where’s Odemwingie now?
Robbie Mann on Twitter: Hearing a lot of sports journalist saying: “QPR are committing financial suicide.” I couldn’t agree more. Digusting wages! #deadlineday #qpr
Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan is giving his views on Sky Sports News at the moment.
Anyone else reckon he looks like Prince Charming from Shrek?
Kingsdale FC on Twitter: Peter Odemwingie left the building. Outside Loftus Road round a camp fire singing “free Odemwingie” #DeadlineDay #TransferWindow
Matthew Mills on Twitter: Peter Odemwingie epitomises the transfer window hilarious scenes #Undpredictable #DeadlineDay
Peter Odemwingie has now left Loftus Road after just turning up despite his club not giving him permission.
Is he going to join QPR? Will he ever play for West Brom again if he hasn’t moved?
“I love West Brom,” says Peter Odemwingie. The same Peter Odemwingie, that is, who is trying to force through a move to QPR.
Funny thing, love.
gian inzan on Twitter: QPR’s negotiator is as consistant as Van Persie #deadlineday
Two hours left…
Brace yourself Burnley fans. There’s a Charlie Austin doing the rounds on Twitter as he’s being linked to QPR. Watch this space…
Here are today’s main talking points in a nutshell:
No more Mario Balotelli in the Premier League
Harry Redknapp is bringing in a whole new squad at QPR
David Beckham will donate his wage at PSG to charity
Norwich sign yet another Leeds player
Peter Odemwingie is on a rogue mission to leave West Brom
and Jim White is wearing a yellow tie on Sky Sports News
How football managers are on Twitter? Not many.
Neil Lennon is, though.
And the Celtic boss has had this to say on the latest talk of another bid for Gary Hooper: “Contrary to reports there have been no fresh bids for Gary and even if there are they will be rejected..he is NOT for sale.”
Tottenham were 12/1 to be the last team to sign a player tonight, they’re now just 4/1.
Has AVB got something up his sleeve?
TWELVE. MILLION. FOR CHRIS SAMBA.
Okay, we’ll drop it now…
Remember Aston Villa tweeted about an hour ago that another deal was in the offing? Well, the Twitter rumour mill is claiming it may just be Simon Dawkins, who has previously been at Tottenham and San Jose Earthquakes.
One of today’s earlier transfers – Chris Samba to QPR – is intriguing us. The Hoops paid £12million for him. TWELVE. MILLION.
Sean Hewitt on Twitter: Personally I think it was Harry Redknapp in the Manager’s office with the telephone. #Diame #DeadlineDay
E Buchanan on Twitter: Anthony Stokes spotted in Dumbarton. Rumoured to be joining River City on a loan deal #deadlineday
Harry Redknapp has been in his element today. Wheeling, dealing and doing THREE interviews with Sky Sports News.
After a frantic day in the transfer day, we’ve had plenty of money for QPR to stay up. They’re now 6/4 from 13/8.
Chris Hughton is not giving up in his pursuit of Celtic’s Gary Hooper. Norwich have made a fifth bid for Hooper thought to be just under £10million.
Will it be fifth time lucky for the Canaries? That’s a decent bid.
KingEPL on Twitter: Premier League club bid for Diame triggering his release clause. I’m wagering Arsenal. #AFC #deadlineday
Dean McKearnan on Twitter: This #deadlineday has been hilarious for 1 reason.. Listening to every single reporter pronounce Anzhi Makhachkala differently
Sam Wesley on Twitter: I think Peter Odemwingie is trying to compensate for the fact Mario Balotelli has left the country. #deadlineday
David Finn on Twitter: They can’t get in the door quick enough at QPR!! Harry Redknapp and a bag full of money on #DeadlineDay #PerfectCombo
Sky are claiming that Peter Odemwingie just “turned up” at QPR for talks over a move to the club – despite West Brom not granting him permission.
This is a great subplot.
Premier League clubs have spent a staggering £116million this month.
Mind you, Chelsea spent nearly half that amount on one player back in 2011.
Forget all the gossip about which players are going where today…the focus has been on what colour Jim White’s tie would be. It’s yellow. So there you are. Same time next January?
Peter Odemwingie likes Albion.
Peter Odemwingie also likes QPR. But which is best for him?
There’s only one way to find out…..FIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!!
Let’s put that rubbish gag down to deadline day fatigue – 12 hours in and we’re still going strong.
Here’s an interesting twist in the Peter Odemwingie to QPR story.
West Brom have just issued the following statement: “Albion have moved to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after the striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road.
“The club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR today but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached.
“Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move.”
Paul on Twitter: I can’t stand shouting & over excited Jim White on sky. Will stick with Twitter #deadlineday
AWKWARD: Jermaine Jenas has rocked up for talks over an 18-month contract from Tottenham and QPR and he was locked out of Loftus Road for a couple of minutes while a group of fans and the media mobbed him. Oops.
More transfer news at Fulham and Ajax’s Eyong Enohis reportedly on the verge of sealing a move to Craven Cottage.
craig ruane on Twitter: Come on united get a midfielder signed up before its too late #deadlineday
Nah, scrap that. Jim White is a legend. A national treasure. A one-off.
Just 15 minutes to go now until that man Jim White appears on our TV screens. Excited? No, neither are we…
Jack Summers on Twitter: QPR must be close to making some sort of record for most players signed in a season surely #deadlineday
Alex K on Twitter: RT @phild30: Supporting #spurs during #deadlineday is like going to a strip club. Full of hope and promise but end up with nothing
Despite some setbacks, Peter Odemwingie is in London as he seeks a move to QPR from West Brom. It’s surely a matter of if – not when – he’ll put pen to paper. He’s already at Loftus Road.
That Reina rumour has really caught us out. Brad Jones looks okay at Anfield, but is he good enough to be first-choice goalkeeper week in, week out.
RUMOUR: Journalist Martin Samuels has tweeted that Liverpool have accepted a bid from Arsenal for goalkeeper Jose Reina.
What an amazing transfer that would be, if not a little baffling. Why would Liverpool let Reina leave? Yeah, he’s had the odd dodgy moment, but he’s a class act.
Martin Jol has strengthened his Fulham squad again with the addition of PSV Eindhoven right-back Stanislav Manolev on a loan deal until the end of the season. Manolev is a Bulgaria international who can also play in midfield.
TRANSFER HITCH – Peter Crouch’s move to QPR is off, according to Sky Sports. Watch him rock up at Loftus Road now…that’s how daft transfer deadline day is.
Ajisegiri O. Aziz on Twitter: QPR in talks with Tottenham Hotspur to bring Jermaine Jenas to Loftus Road, loan or permanent deal unknown #deadlineday
Gus Poyet is putting together a decent side at Brighton and he could add Stoke defender Matthew Upson to his ranks this evening. Albion are one place outside of the play-off pack at the Championship and you’d fancy them to push for promotion given the calibre of players like Upson and Wayne Bridge.
W. Aziz on Twitter: RT @KevinScouser: Suso likely to join Wigan on loan #LFC #DeadlineDay
Time for some David Beckham specials – he’s 1/10 to win a major trophy at PSG, 4/6 to end his career at PSG and 7/2 to score on his debut for his new club.
Staying in the Midlands and wantaway West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie may be made to sweat over his proposed move to QPR as talks are reported to have stalled.
It could be a tricky situation at The Hawthorns if Odemwingie doesn’t leave the club tonight after he so openly spoke of his desire to move away from Albion.
By the sounds of the latest news regarding DJ Campbell, Blackburn are leading the way ahead of Hull. Meanwhile, Wilson Palacios could be about to move south down the M6 from Stoke to Aston Villa.
Alexandra Bosly on Twitter: Kevin Phillips? isn’t he old? #cpfc #deadlineday
Brek Shea’s bid for a work permit has been granted and so the winger is a step closer to joining Stoke. And there are plenty of hardy souls waiting outside the Stoke training ground to greet Shea.
Couple of Football League moves to tell you about. Leeds have signed Stephen Warnock from Aston Villa and Southampton forward Jonathan Forte is also on his way to Yorkshire to join Sheffield United on loan.
Jake Deem on Twitter: OMG! Have heard Arsenal are trying to sign someone on #deadlineday this must be an early April fools joke
A Burnley fan there on the last tweet and there seems no news on Charlie Austin’s future. The striker has scored an incredible 23 goals this season in 27 games – with a return like that, you’d imagine a top-flight team would gave him a chance.
James Brown on Twitter: Not too concerned about other clubs long as we keep hold of Austin and Tripper be happy #deadlineday
A total of £113million has now been spent in the 2013 January transfer window. Money. Money. Money.
Manchester City have signed a striker….but don’t expect to see him at Eastlands any time soon as Godsway Donyoh has been loaned to Djurgårdens for rest of the season.
#SCFC to be club with most signings this transfer window. They’re 20/1 into 8/1 now.
A fee in the region of £8-9million has been mooted for Nacho Monreal, so Arsenal do have money to spend.
Sky’s Rob Palmer knows his stuff when it comes to Spanish football and he has just tweeted about Arsenal target Nacho Monreal: “He’s a very decent left back. Big loss for Malaga and not eligible for Europe.”
amir ihsan ariffin on Twitter: It’s my girlfriends birthday today, but #deadlineday is more important
Finally, Arsenal get involved then in some deadline day dealing, according to reports.
Here’s some stats on their reported target Nacho Monreal – he’s 26, been capped nine times for Spain and is a left-back.
Sunny Gill on Twitter: Reports in Spain suggest Malaga and Spain left back Nacho Monreal is on his way to Arsenal #deadlineday
Josh Nutton on Twitter: Just spotted Emile Heskey outside Stamford Bridge #deadlineday #bigsigning #replacetorres
MIKE. on Twitter: Come on ince…join Liverpool! #DeadlineDay
Staying at the KC Stadium, Sunderland’s Ahmed Elmohamady has re-joined Hull on loan until the end of the season.
Looks like it’s a case of to Hull and back for Elmohamady. Parp!
The ‘race’ to sign to QPR striker DJ Campbell is hotting up as Blackburn are hoping to hijack Hull’s bid for the 31-year-old.
#Legend is trending on Twitter. It’s either because of the news that David Beckham is donating his wage at PSG to charity or because Jim White showed his face on Sky Sports News about 30 minutes ago.
Let’s hope it’s the former…
Another new recruit has joined Newcastle – this time it’s Swiss teenager Kevin Mbabu from Servette for an undisclosed fee.
Mbabu is a 17-year-old midfielder who has penned a three-and-a-half year deal following a trial with the Magpies.
Mihailo Jajcanin on Twitter: #DeadlineDay QPR splash £12.5m on Chris Samba, will plug the gap left by Ryan Nelsen well, but only worth it if he keeps them up
News from Oakwell and this sounds like positive news for Everton fans as Barnsley defender John Stones is heading to Goodison Park to hold talks. Wigan have also been interested in the 18-year-old, who made his first-team debut last March.
Never get tired of pictures like that – but where’s the scarf picture as well? Come on Fulham, sort it out!
Just hearing of a great gesture from David Beckham – five months of his wages for new club PSG will be going to a local childrens’ charity And that’s why everyone loves Becks. What a man.
dale highton106 on Twitter: David flitcroft made couple decent signings today for Barnsley! #DeadlineDay
Cengiz Jaffer on Twitter: You know when things are really getting serious when they get Jim White warmed up #DeadlineDay
Phill Ferguson on Twitter: First sighting of Jim White #deadlineday
Right, Jim White is finally here on our screens and has told us to “expect the unexpected” – whatever that means. He seems in an excitable mood, for a change.
Let’s hope he actually has something to get excited about later on.
The biggest transfer of the day and Sky have pulled the plug on the Beckham press conference after a couple of questions.
Oh well, plenty of other news to bring you, including the fact that Sunderland have released Louis Saha. You’d expect somebody to snap him up on a short-term deal. When fit, Saha is a class act.
Sounds like Beckham had plenty of offers, which is hardly surprising given the amount of shirts he can sell and bums on seats that provide to any club he plays for.
Here we go…David Beckham: ‘”I haven’t spoken French for a few years. We’re all excited as a family.”
And then came the most awkward “bonjour” ever muttered by a footballer. Time to start revising your French again, David.
The David Beckham press conference has started and he looks chuffed to be a PSG player on one of the biggest days in the club’s history.
Still nothing from the PSG news conference with David Beckham, but once we see him with holding his new shirt aloft, we’ll let you know.
In case you’ve missed it, king of the long throw-in Rory Delap has left Stoke City to join Barnsley. Here he is doing what he does best:
What’s the most ridiculous rumour you’ve heard today? Fellaini to Chelsea for £31m? Torres to Liverpool on loan? We’d love to hear your suggestions!
If you support a Football League side and wonder why they haven’t signed anyone yet, here’s a possible reason. The emergency loan window opens next week, so it could be a case of managers biding their time and looking to get a few short-term deals done.
Here’s what £34million gets you…
The biggest deal of the day in terms of a transfer fee is on the verge of happening as Anzhi Makhachkala are reportedly close to netting Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian for £34million. Crazy money!!!
And the award for the most pointless clip of deadline day on Sky Sports News goes to…the shot of Luciano Becchio leaving the Norwich training good.
For the record, he said his move was “really good”. And that was pretty much all he had to say. Exciting.
adam gibbs on Twitter: So if celtic want Carlton cole why don’t we do a swap + cash for hooper #whufc #deadlineday
Zenika Etson P H on Twitter:#Deadlineday caused Twitter to implode it seems! David Beckham’s press conference with Paris Saint-Germain in 15 minutes though… #PSG
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Abdullah Alotaibi on Twitter: We as #Arsenal fans call it thursday, But some idiots have recently changed it to #deadlineday !!!
A media scrum awaits David Beckham in Paris as he prepares to talk for the first time since joining PSG. Come on Becks, let’s have some textbook press conference clichés.
“Delighted to be here…”
“PSG are a massive club…”
“I’m still ambitious…”
“I’ve come here to win trophies…”
Media darling Harry Redknapp is now giving his THIRD interview of the day to Sky Sports News. He may as well have his own show.
Interestingly, Redknapp has played down the chances of landing Peter Crouch. This is ‘Arry, though, so anything is possible.
Already looking forward to his next interview…
No sooner had we mentioned that there was no Peter Odemwingie news, reports have emerged that he’s expected to be Harry Redknapp’s latest recruit at QPR for a deal worth as much as £5million.
Football League transfer round-up: Goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has joined Accrington Stanley on loan until April, Barnsley’s John Stones has been given permission to talk to Wigan, Jason Banton has joined Plymouth on loan from Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient have agreed to sign Shaun Batt and midfielder Asa Hall has linked up with Shrewsbury on loan.
BECKS WATCH: The medical has been passed as David Beckham edges closer to completing his move to PSG.
No news so far to report on the following big-name players who could be on the move today…
Darren Bent (linked with Stoke)
Peter Odemwingie (linked with QPR & Wigan)
Peter Crough (linked with QPR)
Kenwyne Jones (linked with Aston Villa and Swansea)
WOW – Didn’t realise the Jack Butland to Stoke transfer was THAT big. Twitter has crashed.
Oh wait, there’s some kind of social media controversy surrounding HMV breaking as we speak.
It looks like Jack Butland is heading for Stoke. And here’s some clips of him in action for England against Brazil in the Olympics last summer.
David Beckham will be unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player in just over 30 minutes.
What’s the betting that he’ll try a speak a little French? Wonder if he’ll do a ‘Steve McClaren’ and make a bit of a fool out of himself.
Do you suffer from the dreaded 3pm lull at work? It seems the same has happened on deadline day. It’s strangely quiet.
The calm before the storm?
If there’s one club who love a dramatic deadline day it’s Stoke.
And the Potters are reportedly on the verge of a £5million swoop for Jack Butland from Birmingham, according to a roving Sky presenter.
The word on the street is that Butland will stay at Birmingham on loan for the remainder of the season, so it’s a win-win deal for the Championship club.
Tick, tock – Less than eight hours to go before the window shuts.
Mahmoud Rabiu on Twitter: Nothing from @Arsenal #deadlineday
Don’t forget we’ve got some great deadline day specials – QPR target Peter Crouch is 8/1 to be the last player to sign for a Premier League club tonight.
QPR are 9/2 to sign six or more players today.
Simon Beevers on Twitter: RT @windas12: Very reliable source that the DJ Campbell deal is almost there hes been at the KC this morning #hcafc #deadlineday
Chris Hutton on Twitter: if the Fellaini to Chelsea rumour is true…#deadlineday just got VERY interesting.
It’s a busy afternoon at the City Ground. Stoke winger Michael Kightly is reported to be in talks with Nottingham Forest along with Peterborough forward George Boyd.
Fellaini has been very, very impressive in his time in England so far – apart from his unsavoury antics against Stoke recently.
A potentially big rumour has just been spotted on Twitter – Chelsea have reportedly made a massive bid, thought to be over £30million, for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.
Everton fans, calm down. This may just be a case of Twitter making something out of nothing. Interesting, though. One to watch!
Aaron on Twitter: Im gunna start panicking if Swansea havnt made a move for a striker by 6PM. WE NEED A STRIKER. #DeadlineDay
REJECTED BID: Celtic are standing firm over keeping hold of Gary Hooper, rejecting a fourth bid for the striker from Norwich.
Danny Graham and Steve Fletcher has the makings of a good partnership up front for Sunderland.
Could the Black Cats push for a top-six finish now? Sunderland are only nine points adrift.
Scott Meddicks on Twitter: My appearance around Celtic Park today does not mean that I am signing for them #skydeadlinday #deadlineday
DEAL DONE: Danny Graham has joined Sunderland on a three-and-a-half year deal for £5million from Swansea.
Wonder if those Sunderland fans who booed him in midweek during the Premier League game between the two clubs are now feeling a little silly….
Time for a recap of today’s main comings and goings…
David Beckham is believed to be on the verge of joining PSG.
Mario Balotelli has finalised his switch to AC Milan.
Luciano Becchio has left Leeds to join Norwich.
Paul Scharner is back at Wigan.
AC Milan winger Urby Emanuelson is heading to Fulham.
QPR have handed Chris Samba the chance to return to the Premier League.
And there are many, many more potential deals bubbling away…
Speaking of Rickie Lambert, he appeared in this special Ladbrokes challenge earlier this season with Tottenham’s Michael Dawson.
Check it out…
Lambert to Goodison Park? Hmmmmmmmmmm. Interesting one. His goal record in recent years is impressive – 98 goals in 180 appearances for the Saints, 59 in 155 games for Bristol Rovers.
Sam Palmer on Twitter: Contact at #EFC adamant Ricky Lambert on his way to #Everton. Talk of £3.5m #deadlineday #saintsfc
Futbol ve Bahis on Twitter: ‘Top, top player’ – Harry Redknapp #Samba #TransferDeadlineDay #deadlineday
Peterborough forward George Boyd, who has averaged a goal roughly every three games in his five years with the club, looks set to leave London Road and is understood be on the verge of joining Nottingham Forest.
The Posh prop up the Championship so losing Boyd is a big blow for the club.
Alex Thorp on Twitter: RT @Net_22: Stoke bid for Butland.. Begovic to united in the summer? De Gea back to Spain? #deadlineday
Norwich might not be done today. There’s a strong possibility that Birmingham defender Curtis Davies may join former boss Chris Hughton at Carrow Road according to Sky Sports.
A contended Arsenal fan Tweets: Grahame Billington on Twitter: I’d be happy if we bidded for Ronald McDonald at this stage #deadlineday #afc
More on Jack Butland: Stoke’s latest bid for the young Birmingham ‘keeper is believed to be at £4.5m.
It looks like Steve Morison may have some company at Elland Road. Sources from all over the net say that Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock will finalise his move to Leeds United this afternoon.
One of the most familiar sights of transfer deadline day is the sight of players coming out of helicopters, but today’s windy weather might put a stop to that!
Just under 10 hours to go before the transfer window is shut for the rest of the season. Could we see any more surprises? C’mon Harry!
We’ve just got some odds on Becks and his arrival at PSG. He’s 4/6 to finish his career at the Parc Des Princes stadium, while you can get 6/4 on him making one final Premier League appearance before he retires. A goal on his PSG debut will get you a price of 7/2!
Paris Saint-Germain re holding a press conference at 4pm this afternoon, where they’re expected to unveil a certain David Beckham as their latest marquee signing.
An interesting rumour about Tottenham ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes – apparently, he might be heading to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. Could he shake off his calamitous reputation?
Done Deal: AC Milan winger Urby Emanuelson is going on loan to Fulham until the end of the season. He’s a Dutch international, and will give Martin Jol’s side some much-needed width.
Meanwhile, in the Championship, there’s a little bit of speculation about Peterborough and Scotland winger George Boyd. He’s been linked with Crystal Palace, but a move to Nottingham Forest looks the more likely outcome.
Aston Villa have confirmed that Yacouba Sylla will join from French club Clermont Foot this afternoon.
Chris Samba has taken to Twitter after sealing his move to QPR: “I promise the Qpr fans I will give my all every time I put the blue and white shirt on.
“Now I’m excited to joins the new teammates and try to help the club remain in the league and more.
“My reason for leaving (Anzhi Makhachkala) is to be closer to my family and my 2 little boys.
“I had a fantastic year at anzhi will never forget the support the fan gave me I met only fantastic people in Dagestan.”
The Sky Sports News totaliser now stands at just under £90million. Will it break the £100m barrier before 11pm?
Leeds fans are probably feeling a little upset now after bidding farewell to their beloved Luciano Becchio – and who can blame them.
Becchio netted 85 times in 221 appearances for Leeds. Can he cut it in the Premier League? It’s time to find out…
DONE DEAL: Christopher Samba has penned a four-and-a-half year deal at QPR. Will his experience help to keep the Hoops up? ‘Arry is certainly hoping that’ll be the case…
David Ryan on Twitter: Michael Duberry spotted in tesco Dunstable move to #ltfc? #deadlineday
GoonerHenry on Twitter: anyone has seen Cavani walking toward Colney this morning holding an umbrella and a shiny new pen? #arsenal #deadlineday
Luciano Becchio has penned a three-and-a-half year deal at Norwich with Steve Morison heading in the opposite direction to Leeds.
Becchio said: “I cannot wait to play my first game for Norwich. I am really happy about having the chance to play in the Premier League, it is brilliant for me personally and for my career.”
We’ll have some David Beckham specials for you soon, as he goes for a medical at PSG…stay tuned for them….
Jammers on Twitter: Sighted! Grant Holt outside the Stadium of Light, thrusting his arms in the air and shouting his own name #deadlineday
In the Football League, Chris Iwelumo has joined Oldham on loan for the rest of the season from Watford.
Iwelumo, of course, is infamous for this howler…
Stoke are thought to have lodged a bid in the region of £4million for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland. Will Chelsea follow suit and make an improved offer?
This bid from Stoke may just trigger a bit of price war.
That last tweet must be a joke, surely?
Olumide Bello on Twitter: RT @SSNSources: Sky Sources: Fernando Torres is to rejoin Liverpool on loan. #deadlineday
Reports are suggesting that Sunderland have agreed a fee with Swansea for Danny Graham. So Graham is off to the north east….but not to Boro has was first rumoured this morning. It’s been a morning of more twists and turns than a Cristiano Ronaldo dribble.
David Beckham has come a long way since this special goal made him a household name…
Tom on Twitter: Apparently “Sky are saying that Fulham’s chief executive Alistair Mackintosh is locked in his office.” says the Guardian, #deadlineday
Back to Beckham. At 37, he still has a couple of seasons in the tank – look at his former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs still going strong at 39.
There’s no doubt that his family, especially wife Victoria, will be looking forward to living in arguably one of the trendiest cities in the world.
Iain Dowie is now giving his views on David Beckham on Sky Sports News. Bet Becks is glad that Dowie still rates him!
David Beckham has won titles in England, Spain and America – will he add the French Ligue 1 to his trophy cabinet before he hangs up his boots? PSG have called a 4pm press conference so his move to France looks on.
BECKS ALERT: Sky are reporting David Beckham is having a medical at Paris Saint-Germain. This is no exactly a shock move. It has been mooted for a while now.
Anybody who feels that modern-day football has lost touch with the average man on the street will be delighted to see footage just then on Sky of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley arriving to training this morning in his helicopter.
If ever there was a player who is a headline writer’s dream then it’s Marseille defender Rod Fanni, who is reportedly attracting interest from Stoke.
Good to see
#MarioMemories trending on Twitter. One classic Mario story is that he was sent to the shops by his mother to buy essentials for the house and returned with trampoline, a Vespa scooter and a Scalectrix. Brilliant.
Did you know…that it’s 10 years since the January transfer window was introduced? That’s the kind of nuggets of knowledge that we’ll be bringing you for the next 12 hours.
Norwich boss Chris Hughton really wants to get a deal done for Celtic’s Gary Hooper. A fourth bid has been tabled for the goal machine, according to Sky sources.
Anyone else gutted to see Mario Balotelli leave the Premier League? There will no longer be those brilliant ‘stuff Mario has done’ stories.
So long, Mario. Thanks for the memories – and he’s thanked Manchester City fans.
He said: “Being at City was an important part of my life and career. I needed to grow up like a player and as a person and it has been a very good experience for me.
“I really hope that City can win the league again this year and beat United.”
Clermont Foot defensive midfielder Yacouba Sylla has arrived at Aston Villa for talks and Mario Balotelli has just completed his £19million move to AC Milan.
Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has said he would welcome the arrival of Jack Butland to the Britannia Stadium, so it may not be a case of one in, one out in the Potteries.
Jack Butland is a player generating plenty of interest today – with Chelsea and Stoke thought to be keen on him. The 19-year-old Birmingham goalkeeper looks an exciting talent.
Dan Beall on Twitter: Harry Redknapp should do all his press conferences from a car or just turn up to them with a car door! #DeadlineDay
Bumba Rass on Twitter: Wenger’s gona wait till 23:55 to say we ain’t gettin no one #deadlineday
Boro fans – don’t get ‘Graham’ printed on the back of your shirt just yet. A roving Sky Sports reporter claims he has no interest in a return to the Riverside.
DONE DEAL: Paul Scharner is back at Wigan on loan until end of the season and he could make his second debut for the club in Saturday’s clash with Southampton.
The fee Middlesbrough are reportedly paying for Danny Graham is £5 million! Could Tony Mowbray be planning a surprise sale?
Alex Lown on Twitter: No doubt they’ll be a lot of panicking on #DeadlineDay! This is what happens when you do …
Peter Crouch has just arrived at Stoke’s training ground for training as usual…
Dan Morgan on Twitter: Deadline day is here! Hope there’s a few sneaky deals in he pipeline #deadlineday
Gavin George on Twitter: Would love @SAFCofficial to sign up hooper and mcgeady today! #deadlineday #hopeful
It took just 16 minutes for the Redknapp bet (to be interviewed by SSN in a car) to come in at 4/6 – easy money for anyone who had a punt!
Something tells me that ‘Arry will be back on our screens later on.
Chris Samba is signed, sealed and delivered, according to ‘Arry. That’s one in for QPR. One down…another half a dozen to go?
And there it is, folks – Harry Redknapp being interviewed with his car window down on Sky Sports News.
Now it really is transfer deadline day!
Aside from QPR, another Premier League club who may be looking to do some business today will be Aston Villa, but they look to be missing out on target Rolando as he is set to move to Napoli according to reports in Italy.
Toni Healy on Twitter: Wonder if ther will be any shockers today.. #DeadlineDay
Ballsy Banter on Twitter: SOURCES: Unconfirmed reports that Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci is in talks with Brighton #DeadlineDay
Adam Finch on Twitter: Surely Danny Graham won’t go to Middlesborough?!? There’s premiership teams crying out for a goal scorer! #deadlineday
Tom Hammonds on Twitter: You just know Jim White is sat in a darkened room somewhere rocking back and forth popping some pro plus #deadlineday #DDay
More QPR rumours – we may as well rename this as the live QPR transfer day blog!!! – as the Hoops are reportedly interested in Wolves defender Roger Johnson.
It’s all about that man Harry Redknapp at the moment – he’s 4/6 to get interviewed in his car on Sky Sports News today. That’s just got to happen, hasn’t it?!?
Jordi on Twitter: Arsenal, Queens Park Rangers and maybe Manchester City will be the big spenders today #Deadlineday
Pauline on Twitter: RT @1025Clyde1: David Beckham spotted at Chapati 4 on his way to signing for Albion Rovers apparently! #deadlineday
Rumour round-up: Fulham are chasing Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone, Chris Samba is closing in on a return to England with QPR as is David Bentley and Thomas Ince appears to be unlikely to return to Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers described the situation as a “bit complicated”.
More QPR news as DJ Campbell is on his way to Hull to discuss terms.
Other players on the move this time last year included Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse to QPR, Louis Saha to Tottenham on loan, Ravel Morrison to West Ham, Wayne Bridge to Sunderland and Liam Ridgewell to West Brom.
The players on the move today will be hoping to make more of a positive impact at their new clubs than the majority of this bunch.
That tweet on the worst deadline day signings is interesting. Torres and Carroll have both struggling since their January moves.
On the flip side, though, what a great bit of business Everton managed to pull off 12 months ago when they signed Nikica Jelavic – he’s scored 18 goals in 42 appearances for the Toffees. Nice work David Moyes!!!
Nothing yet on Graham’s official Twitter account on his possible return to Boro…
Karam Risheg on Twitter: Worst transfer deadline day? Cant pick, but it’s definitely between Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll. #TransferDeadlineDay #deadlineday
Sky sources are claiming that Swansea have agreed a deal with Middlesbrough for striker Danny Graham. Yesterday he was rumoured to be joining Newcastle! What a bizarre twist….
Tom Kelk on Twitter: I’d be more than happy for #deadlineday to pass without #NUFC involvement. Very happy with the business we’ve done
Norwich are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Luciano Becchio from Leeds. That’ll be four times that Norwich have raided Elland Road for new players in the last few years if the deal goes through.
Jim White is trending already and he doesn’t start his shift for another 12 hours!
Remember Kieron Dyer? Sounds like he could join Middlesbrough today on a free. The 34-year-old has had some wretched luck with injuries down the years, but if Boro can keep him fit then he’ll be a class act in the Championship.
Lee Bagagiolo on Twitter: Everton talking to negredo. Be gutted if he goes there. C’mon levy!! #deadlineday #levytime
Looks like West Ham are interested in signing goalkeeper Paul Robinson from Blackburn. Hammers assistant Neil McDonald said: “We will see how it develops over the next 24 hours.”
Graham Ball on Twitter: Are #lfc aware that #nufc may have a young english forward available? £20m for #NileRanger! bargain #DeadlineDay
chels alderson on Twitter: Tweets you’ll see today guys talking about #DeadlineDay and then most girls moaning about it
Jack Butland to Chelsea, Darren Bent to Stoke, Danny Simpson to one of Stoke/Reading/Wigan and Aiden McGeady to Wigan are just some of the rumours doing the rounds at present.
Who fancies a deadline day special?
QPR are 6/1 to be the last Premier League team to sign a player before the window closes – it’s bound to be a busy day t Loftus Road so that looks worth a dabble.
Will Peter Crouch and Harry Redknapp be reunited today? If so, it’ll be the third time that Redknapp has signed Crouch. The big lad would certainly be a great addition to the QPR squad. Strange move by Stoke, though, to potentially let him go…
Anyway, time to forget about yesterday’s deals and focus on today. Don’t expect any incomings at Liverpool and Manchester United as Brendan Rodgers and Sir Alex Ferguson have ruled out any last-minute moves.
All eyes are seemingly on whether Manchester City will move to replace Balotelli and if Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has any cash to spend.
This is why we love Mario…
Of course, there has already been plenty of movement in the market this month – Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool, Demba Ba swapping Newcastle for Chelsea and Joe Cole returning to West Ham.
And most neutrals are probably sad to see Mario Balotelli leave English football. What a character he is.
Good morning!! And what a day it promises to be as the transfer window closes in just over 15 hours.
Between now and then we can expect all sorts of weird and wonderful rumours to surface as well as a mix of good business and panic buys by clubs up and down the country.
Well, that’s it.
The Ladbrokes World Darts Championship is over.
Phil Taylor is the champion once again and we’ve been treated to 15 unforgettable days at Ally Pally that has included two nine-darters, the arrival of Michael van Gerwen on the big stage and many, many more memories. It has been a special tournament – one of the best and we hoped you’ve enjoyed it. Thanks for joining us!!!
“MVG is one of the best players I’ve ever faced” – Taylor. Plenty of praise for Van Gerwen and he’ll no doubt come back better than ever next year.
Giving the board from tonight’s match to retiring referee Bruce Spendley, who was given a round of applause from the fans.
Jen on Twitter: Big well done to MVG!! Been immense player! #ladbrokesdarts
Crowd now chanting “Stand up for Sid Waddell” – a touching tribute for the voice of darts.
Jason Brame on Twitter: What an unbelievable final. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor you legend! 16 times World Champion. #hero #LadbrokesDarts
“The crowd won it for me tonight” – Taylor.
Taylor won the last five sets to secure a great victory, and is praising the fans for helping him.
Taylor looking elated, and shaking hands with Dan Waddell, the author and son of legendary commentator Sid. Seemed to joke “it’s not that heavy!”
Chinnes! on Twitter: Tayloooooooooor! World Champion 2013! #PDC #LadbrokesDarts #OiOiOi
Sean McArdle on Twitter: Stunning. Taylor does it. Really thought MvG would win it. Damn. #ladbrokesdarts
It’s world title number 16 for The Power, and he’s getting ready to receive the Sid Waddell Trophy and that substantial £200,000 winner’s cheque.
tom swift on Twitter: Fair play to the power. What a player #LadbrokesDarts
91 for the match… and he gets it! PHIL TAYLOR IS THE LADBROKES WORLD DARTS CHAMPION!!!
Irene Johnston on Twitter: @Ladbrokes I love #LadbrokesDarts because its simply the best #GameOn
Taylor’s odds for a win 1/25. Van Gerwen at 8/1.
This leg is massive. Taylor has 36 to go 2-1 against the throw in the 11th set. Misses it and Michael van Gerwen lets him off the hook. Double 9 for The Power.
Michael Smith on Twitter: I should be in bed after a 3am finish this morning, but hooked on the #LadbrokesDarts #TaylorisingTaylor
If Michael wins this set, will he be fired enough to eat into Taylor’s lead?
Jon Gerrard on Twitter: This has more twists than a chubby checker tribute gig #ladbrokesdarts
6-4 to Taylor now, and Michael van Gerwen is at the point of no return. Just one of the remaining three sets will be enough for The Power to secure yet another title. He’s just 1/9 on to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy. 5/1 for Michael to make an astonishing comeback.
Matt Bateman on Twitter: @Ladbrokes Phils got the crowd backing now.Will Van Gerwen buckle under the pressure Im not sure #LadbrokesDarts
Ben Tingle on Twitter: #imstoodup #ladbrokesdarts
2-0 in legs in set 10, and Taylor beginning to look imperious. What can Mighty Mike do about it? May need to up it a little and sharpish!
There may have been a few boos and jeers when Taylor walked on at the start of the evening, but this crowd know what a special player he is and are greeting his 180s, doubles and trebles with huge cheers – and The Power is loving it.
A few missed darts for both players, but as Taylor wins the first leg of the 10th set, his odds shorten further. 1/4 for The Power to make it 16 titles right now.
Van Gerwen looks dejected. His body language speaks volumes. That was a big, big set and Taylor’s finishing has put him ahead.
5-4 to Taylor. The tide has turned! Taylor now 4/11 to win the game now. As for van Gerwen, he’s 2/1!
2-2 in this set. Huge leg for both players, and if Taylor wins it, he’ll have the throw to go 6-4 up!
Rarely will you see Taylor as animated as he is on the big stage tonight at Ally Pally. He may have spoken about questioning his future in the sport in recent days, but he’s loving this occasion and Van Gerwen is bringing the best out of him.
Neither player has ever dropped below 100 in their three-dart averages since the first couple of sets!
Both players seem very animated out there. Simply adds to the drama, which is what we all want, right?
Taylor nearly took out 129 by going treble 19, double 16 and double top. Just wired the final dart and van Gerwen goes 1-0 up in the ninth set!
Matthew Mason on Twitter: Come on! That was pure POWER!!!!
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4-4 now. Taylor nails double 3 with his last dart and the odds for both are once again at 5/6. This has the look of a final that could go all the way, doesn’t it?
Steve J on Twitter: Any other match, Phil would be straight sets up!! 102 av 52% checkouts yet hea 4-2 down. Mental!! #ladbrokesdarts
136 checkout from Taylor to level the eighth set. Lost count of how many ton-plus finishes have been made so far in this final!
Michelle Pearson on Twitter: What a game! Don’t think I’ve ever seen a game as good as this! #LadbrokesDarts #teampowertaylor
Gary Murney on Twitter: RT @Sjcav1: #MOTD will have to wait tonight. @OfficialPDC World Championships is phenomenal. #LadbrokesDarts
The hashtag #MVG is trending! He does make the sport more exciting!
4-3 to Taylor and he’s looking a little fired-up now! 8/13 for van Gerwen, while 6/5 is the price for Taylor. Changing with every single visit.
Taylor looks bemused as Van Gerwen goes 2-1 up in the seventh set. The Dutchman is on fire.
This is a pivotal period of the match. Winning this set is a must for Taylor as it will be extremely difficult for him to come back from three sets down.
Plenty of footballers tweeting about the darts tonight – Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson and Papiss Cisse to name but a few. This is certainly a beautiful game!
Big Ginger Bear on Twitter: STAND UP…. If you love the Darts….
4-2 to van Gerwen! 1/4 to win the title in the live odds, while The Power is 11/4 now. Still not time to dismiss Taylor, but he’s got a tough task on his hands.
Fat Burt on Twitter: Can hear mum down stairs chanting oh Michael van Gerwen #topmum #shelovesthedarts #LadbrokesDarts
Have your say on tonight’s game via Facebook below – come on, let’s be having you!
Earlier in the year, MvG was at 100-1 to win the World Championship. Shows you how far the man in the lime green shirt has come in such a short space of time.
Bruce Spendley now refereeing the match. This is his final game, as he will be retiring. He’s been a referee for darts matches since the early 1980’s!
Both players have checkout success rates of over 50% and are averaging in excess of 100 per three darts! Just what you would expect for a final!
scott ayling on Twitter: What a match this is #Ladbrokesdarts
Phil Powell on Twitter: @Ladbrokes I love #LadbrokesDarts because it actually takes my mind off the mundane reality of going back to work tomorrow #onelasthurrah
3-2 to van Gerwen. A few mistakes from Taylor and some good finishing from the aggressive Dutch star have put him back in front. He’s now the favourite at 8/13 again!
Bottle! 2-2 in the fifth set after a great 90 checkout on double 14 from Mighty Mike!
Gary Robinson on Twitter: What a game this is now! #LadbrokesDarts
Taylor in the lead in the match for the first time! This will be a big test of van Gerwen’s credentials, and the odds are now 4/7 for The Power!
The Power hits back to level the legs at 1-1. Both players are slowly getting better, and better, and better, and better here. We could be in for a late finish here folks!!!
Van Gerwen takes the first leg of the fifth set. That’ll settle his nerves a little after Taylor’s recent fightback. This game is finely poised here. Fantastic viewing.
Liam Williams on Twitter: Class from Taylor. Wish I could dance aswell as him when I have flu #Ladbrokesdarts
Both players are 5/6 now in the live betting. Bet now here.
J o s s. on Twitter: RT @timgleave: Never write off The Power! #LadbrokesDarts
Taylor levels it to 2-2 and looks to be brimming with confidence now. Is it advantage Taylor? Certainly looks that way.
127 for MvG in the first leg! Great stuff if you love your ton-plus checkouts!
2-1 now! Odds for Taylor now back at 5-4, but he’s got the throw in set four!
Shanghai 120 checkout for Taylor! Still in this set but needs to win it to get back in the game though.
Gary Robinson on Twitter: I’d love to see a whitewash! #LadbrokesDarts
123 on the bull for Mighty Mike, and he’s still looking good. Taylor seems perturbed by MvG’s wild celebrations. Could that build into something later on?
MvG still averaging well over 100, as is Taylor. If MvG wins the next set, it might make The Power a little frustrated.
Steven Ring⛳ on Twitter: Looking all too easy for MVG, but we all know Phil will up his game #LadbrokesDarts @SkySportsDarts
Simon Futcher on Twitter: Is it too early to say the king is dead, long live the king? #pdc #ladbrokesdarts 2-0 To MVG
Dadger Allum on Twitter: If MVG keeps on finishing like he is then it could be a short night for the power. #ladbrokesdarts #MVG #darts
2-0 MvG! His odds are now even shorter at just 1/3 for victory. As for Taylor, he’s drifted out to 12/5, which seems like a lot given that the match is still in the early stages!
98 checkout for MvG and he goes 2-1 in front in the second set! Looking good for him to go two sets up, and he’s averaging 106!
Steven Barnett on Twitter: @themichaelowen I think MVG to win 7-4, also worth a couple of quid on him to hit a 9 darter. #Ladbrokesdarts
Crowd seem a little quieter, possibly because they’re watching what’s unfolding in front of them. Don’t blame them!
Sean on Twitter: all pressure on taylor now to hold his throw… #ladbrokesdarts
Padraig Walsh on Twitter: 9/1 for a maximum checkout … not a bad start to the darts 😉 #LadbrokesDarts
Time for some celeb spotting – and here are a couple of guys who know a thing or two about playing in front of big crowds like the crowd packed into Ally Pally tonight via the official PDC Twitter account.
140 checkout for MvG to win the first set 3-2. Great from both players so far, and MvG down to 4/7 for the win. Taylor out at 5/4 at the moment.
The tournament, at 15 days long, is longer than the Olympic Games. What would happen if darts became an Olympic sport?
2-1 MvG in the first set!
Daniel Griffin on Twitter: Definitely game on now! A 170 checkout from Taylor! Superb! #LadbrokesDarts
And he follows it up with a 170 checkout! Great start guys! If they keep this up, will it be the best final ever?
First 180 to Taylor!
1st leg to MvG in 14 darts! Good start from the Dutch youngster.
Grant Whittaker on Twitter: Time to watch a darting masterclass! #ladbrokesdarts #PTPT #MVG
Both players are now at 5/6 to win. Interesting development, and the game’s not even started!
A few boos for Taylor! It appears that the little incident with Barney hasn’t done him too many favours with the crowd tonight. How will he react when the game starts?
The players are due to come out now. MvG first and he’s already getting some love from the fans at the Ally Pally!
Liam Murphy on Twitter: Cheeky little 25/1 bet on joint highest checkouts… #allypally #LadbrokesDarts
Fans on social media appear to be split down the middle. In previous finals involving The Power, he was the fan favourite, but it appears that many have taken MvG to their hearts.
Having a bet on tonight’s score but are unsure what to go for?
Check out what a panel of darts experts think here on the Ladbrokes blog – it’ll be interesting to see who gets it right!
Many people may view Phil Taylor as the favourite, but the man himself begs to differ.
“Do I make myself the underdog against Michael van Gerwen?” said Taylor. “Well, I do actually.
“Michael is exceptional. I absolutely rate this kid.”
A victory for Taylor would mean that he would have almost than twice as much from ranking tournaments in the past couple of years as the man ranked in second place in the world.
MvG is currently ranked fourth in the world, but has beaten the players ranked 2nd (Adrian Lewis) and 3rd (James Wade) on the way to the final.
dan farthing on Twitter: Can’t wait for @MvG180 to turn off the power tonight. #LadbrokesDarts
Chris Smith on Twitter: Thinking MVG will win by no less than 2 sets. #LadbrokesDarts best player by far over the last 6 months or so,
Thomas Booth on Twitter: Dunno who I fancy, like em both. Time to hand over the baton to MVG? Power too strong on doubles? Can’t wait to find out #LadbrokesDarts
The game is due to start in about 20 minutes or so. Are you as excited as we are? Our goosebumps have goosebumps!
On the subject on the nine-dart finishes…let’s not forget Dean Winstanley’s exploits.
Love his reaction after doing this…
Win or lose, reaching the final will be very lucrative for Michael van Gerwen. Whatever happens, he will be guaranteed to be in the top four of the World rankings. This means that he will be guaranteed a spot in the Premier League Darts which starts next month!
neil dolman on Twitter: I’m going Taylor 7-5 #ladbrokesdarts #comeontaylor
Will Van Gerwen repeat his nine-dart heriocs from Sunday’s semi-final against James Wade tonight?
Watch it again here…
The Ladbrokes World Darts Championship final is being broadcast in 48 countries to a potential worldwide audience of 271 million people. Who described it as a minority sport?
Darryl Headlam on Twitter: @OfficialPDC @livedarts What a class start to the New Year World Darts Championship final #Darts #BringItOn #LadbrokesDarts #TeamMVG
Taylor has just won the bull and has handed the throw to van Gerwen. Does that a lot, but in a final against someone as good as Mighty Mike? Will that bold decision from The Power pay off?
Odds for a nine-dart finish tonight are at 7/2, but for two or more, 14/1 is the price you can get. Between them, they’ve hit three nine-darters on TV in the past year, so there’s potential!
Neil Cooper on Twitter: Hope @PhilDTaylor wins 2nite but got horrible feelin @MvG180 wil do it #ladbrokesdarts @OfficialPDC
Many experts think this game is too close to call. If you think it could go all the way, you can get odds of 7/2 on the match being decided in the final set.
Paul Harrison on Twitter: Got both players to do 9 darters tonight, MvG at 9/2 and Taylor at 10/1. #allypally #LadbrokesDarts
Despite his reputation as the greatest player to ever hurl tungsten missiles at a sisal board, Taylor has only hit 15 180s, four less than the amount Gary Anderson hit in his second round match with John Bowles.
Interesting fact about Mighty Mike: if he hits 13 or more 180’s tonight, he will break the tournament record for total number of maximums hit. The record is currently 60 which was set by Adrian Lewis two years ago. Michael van Gerwen has hit 48 so far.
Danny Plant on Twitter: Buzzing for the darts tonight!!! C’mon the power!! Fancy van gerwen 7-5 #LadbrokesDarts
If you fancy a little flutter on the final, Michael van Gerwen is the narrow favourite at 4/5, while Phil Taylor is the surprising underdog at Evens. How long has it been since Taylor was second favourite to win a match?
Hello again. I bet you’re all looking forward to this match! It’s the greatest of all time, Phil Taylor, or the in-form Michael van Gerwen who will win the biggest prize in darts: the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
Well, that was quite a night. A nine-darter, a breeze on stage, a near-comeback from the dead and plenty of ton-plus checkouts in between. We’ll be back on New Year’s Day with coverage of the final of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship where Phil Taylor will meet Michael van Gerwen. Good night, avid darts fans!
‘Yes Barney’ is trending on Twitter now. Barney was a little unlucky, but something went on.
Taylor gets there. Just. Not entirely happy at the end, but a win’s a win. So it’s a Taylor v van Gerwen final on New Year’s Day!
Barney throwing to level this set… misses one dart at double 5.
2-1 in set 10 for Taylor thanks to two consecutive double 20 shots! One more leg for the match!
Everyone at the Ally Pally is glued to this. Comeback possible or not, it’s been made a good game by Barney’s guts and determination.
This really is gripping. If Barney wins this match, it could actually top the Lewis comeback from 12 months ago.
5-4 now! It’s an epic now! Barney at just 2/1 to win this game. Looking like he has a chance now!
Deciding leg of set nine. Barney needs it or he’s out despite a spirited attempt to claw back a massive deficit.
Draftgate 2 – the most unexpected sequel ever!
125 checkout from Barney! Bull, 25, Bull! Taylor claiming that there’s a breeze on stage! Spooky…
Barney already down to 6/1 for the win. Shades of Lewis against Wade from last year? All it needs is a strong breeze on stage…
5-3 now! Barney’s on fire now, and is down to 7/1 in the in-play market. Taylor still favourite at 1/14 though, but he’s looking much more at ease.
#darts is currently trending worldwide! This is how big the sport is! Always a big attraction during Christmas and New Year time!
Is Barney prolonging his own agony, or does he believe? Winning this set could do wonders for his confidence, but needs Taylor to slip up.
5-2, and Barney clings on in this match. Could it happen? Could it? 33/1 if you’re feeling lucky!
2-2 in set seven, and it’s do or die for Barney. Taylor needs the last leg to seal a comfortable 6-1 win. Barney at 25/1 to win the game now.
Neil Clarke on Twitter: @PhilDTaylor Remorseless arrows from a living darting legend. The Greatest ever. #ladbrokesdarts @OfficialPDC @SkySportsDarts
Sam Duggan on Twitter: 5-1? This wasn’t in the script… #ladbrokesdarts #darts
Taylor goes 5-1 up and is within a set of making his 19th appearance in a World Championship Final! Good stuff!
Taylor now at 1/200! Could Barney still do it? May have to find something out of the ordinary in this set.
Taylor really beginning to assert his authority. 54% success rate on the doubles helping him enormously here.
4-1 Taylor, and it’s hard to see a way back for Barney. The live odds right now have The Power as a overwhelming 1/66 favourite for the match. Barney is now much longer at 12/1.
Taylor with a 90 shot using bull and double 20! 2-1 up in the fifth set and has the chance to go within two sets of a final clash with Michael van Gerwen.
136 from Barney to win the first leg in set five. Needs to build on it, but odds of 11/2 reflect the task the big man has on his hands.
Not quite as exciting as some had hoped this game, but a good, solid performance by The Power. He’s seeing that 16th title on the horizon, surely?
111! Two big checkouts in a row for Taylor to re-establish a two set lead. Has the chance to give MvG another test spurred him on?
141 checkout from Taylor. Throwing to go 3-1 in front in sets, which may make his opponent become slightly less confident in his ability. Now 1/12 to win it!
2-1 Barney! Game on, and he may feel a little better after three legs in a row. His form coming into the game was pretty impressive, and if he can rediscover his form, who knows?
As far as the live odds are concerned, Barney way out at 4/1. Taylor looks fairly strong favourite at 4/1 right now.
Barney 2-0 up in the third set and has the throw to win it 3-0 and get his first set on the board.
Mark Sheldrake on Twitter: I thought we might see more from Barney, but this could be over very quickly. For the game, I hope Barney comes back #LadbrokesDarts
Taylor still looking likely to win this. Barney has to start improving soon, otherwise he’ll be going home a little earlier than he had initially hoped.
Taylor looking unstoppable! Hope Barney hasn’t given up already!
First set to Taylor without too much pressure from Barney.
Graham Gilroy on Twitter: Sid Waddell would have loved this night of darts #PDCWorldChampionships #ladbrokesdarts #ripsid #ripjocky
2-0 Taylor and he’s likely to take this leg. Starts off with a 180…
Barney has the throw here, and kicks off with 81. Taylor starts with a 99. Will he get a Flake with that?
Crowd slightly in favour of Taylor here, but they should put a good show on. Would you expect anything less from those two legends?
Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld up next. Try following that one up guys!
#darts is currently trending on Twitter! Becoming a regular event at this time of year!
Ryan Williams on Twitter: Said when the Players Championship was on in November that Van Gerwen was the big outside bet for this. #LadbrokesDarts #allypally
32 gets Michael van Gerwen in the Ladbrokes World Championship Final! Great game from the man in green. Wade gave it a go despite not being at his best. 14 180’s and a tasty nine-darter helped him on his way.
2-0 in the 10th set to van Gerwen. One leg away from the final! 1/80 for the win now if you’re quick!
5-4 to Wade! A 70 checkout in two darts sees his odds change considerably. Still the outsider at 8/1, but he’s handled the pressure pretty well so far.
52 for MvG for the match… and he misses!
The ninth set goes to a decider. A win for Wade makes it 5-4, but a van Gerwen win seals his spot in the final. Tense or what?
Misses it, but great scoring from the Dutch ace. He could do with winning the leg here as Wade’s 1-0 up in set nine. Gets double 5 to equalise.
ANOTHER NINE-DART ALERT FOR MVG. 141 AFTER 6
jake scrivener on Twitter: RT @Ladbrokes: James Wade showing a lot of steel in this semi final. He won’t let MVG get away. #LadbrokesDarts
Alex Donohue on Twitter: @GetYourTipsOut @Ladbrokes where are you sat? we’ll get the beers in #LadbrokesDarts #ThirstyLads
Tops for MvG to make it 5-3. Wade now at the point of no return, as another set in the Dutchman’s favour means he wins. Mighty Mike’s odds are 1/66, with 12/1 for Wade.
Two legs apiece in the eighth set. Wade finally hit a 180 in the game, but trails van Gerwen, who has 11.
Wade still in this set. 68 in two darts to make it 2-1, but needs the next two legs to level the match once again. 10/1 for the win in the live odds.
2-0 to van Gerwen in the 8th set. Edging back in front in the match, making Wade’s task ever harder.
The odds of two nine-dart finishes on the trot from van Gerwen would have been 50,000/1! Didn’t happen for him, but it was great viewing, wasn’t it!
4-3 to van Gerwen, but this game is by no means over! Lot of famous faces talking about it on Twitter including Michael Owen, who’s backed Wade to win from the start. If you’re with him, he’s now out at 13/2.
2-1 in the seventh set to van Gerwen. This is a very tense affair that’s had a little bit of everything. Wadey doing very well to hang on in there, albeit not quite as impressively as Adrian Lewis did last night.
Shaun Durning on Twitter: Anyone who dosen’t like the game of darts I shake my head at you in utter disbelief #ladbrokesdarts
3-3 and we have a contest! Wade now just 5/2, while 2/7 is the current in-play price for van Gerwen. Only Wadey could possibly cling on like this!
Has Michael van Gerwen lost his mojo? Wade’s scoring has improved considerably in the sixth set, and has won the first two legs. The odds have shifted considerably in Wade’s favour, as he’s now at just 7/2 to win.
Paul Saffer on Twitter: 9 darts, he only needs 9 darts #mvg #ladbrokesdarts https://t.co/XrkThNKu
3-2 to van Gerwen, but Wade still in it despite an astonishing set from the World Grand Prix. Game on!
Oliver Yew on Twitter: What a night of tungsten action #ladbrokesdarts
David Wallace on Twitter: Possibly the 2 best legs in darting history ! #ladbrokesdarts
Looks like Dean Winstanley’s going to have to share his nine-darter bonus money now!
Mighty Mike on course to win this leg to go 4-1 up, but Wade gets 120 to win the set! Unbelievable stuff now!
JUST MISSES DOUBLE 12 FOR BACK-TO-BACK NINE-DARTERS! STILL GREAT STUFF FROM THE DUTCH GENIUS!
HE’S ON ANOTHER ONE!!! 141 AFTER SIX!
He’s got it! NINE DARTER FROM MICHAEL VAN GERWEN!!!!!!!!
Nine-dart alert. MvG on 144 after 6
Wade wins the first leg of the fifth set which came against a throw. Not playing anywhere near his peak, but you can never be too sure of what he can do.
Conor Harris on Twitter: Gotta Love van gerwen’s fist pump #passion #LadbrokesDarts
1/80 are the odds you can get on a van Gerwen victory after he has just gone 3-1 up in sets. Anyone who fancies a Wade comeback can get a price of 14/1!
Mighty Mike’s finishing has improved radically of late. Looks like making it 3-1 in sets, leaving Wade with more than just a mere molehill to climb.
2-1 van Gerwen, and he’s won six legs in a row. Now down to 1/25 to win the game, and with the third set coming against the throw, it seems like Mighty Mike is on the road to his first World Championship final.
Quite a large Dutch contingent in the crowd tonight. They’ll be hoping that MvG and Barney can give them some joy. If so, they’ll reprise their final at the Grand Slam of Darts in November, which Barney won.
Michael van Gerwen’s average is currently over 100 now, while Wade’s nearly 10 points behind. May be a tough task for the Machine if he doesn’t score heavier.
Zoe on Twitter: Stand up if you love the darts #SongsThatWillNeverGetOld #ladbrokesdarts
1-1, and MvG levels! The lean, green throwing machine is now 1/7 for the win. Wade’s back at 4/1 right now, but if he wins the next set, he could start to unsettle van Gerwen.
MvG seems to have found his range on the doubles. Wadey struggling to keep pace with him at the moment, which will only see his odds lengthen further.
Gareth Morgan on Twitter: Imagine how good he could be if he could finish #LadbrokesDarts #MVG
Better finishing from van Gerwen could help him wipe out Wade’s advantage. However, it’s hard to hit them when there’s so much at stake.
Wade gets a 105 checkout to go 1-0 up in sets early on. His odds have shortened slightly for the win to 11/4, but there’s so much still to go.
The bad boy of football himself, Joey Barton, has tweeted and predicts that Wade and Taylor will meet in the final. Wonder if he’s ever met Paul Nicholson, his darting equivalent?!?!
2-2 now, and MvG’s last two darts at the double have gone in! Wadey could be in trouble early on…
MvG finally nails a double to reduce the arrears in set one to 2-1. Could that be the start of a surge for the 23-year-old?
One of the sport’s most famous fans, a certain Mr Stephen Fry is tweeting about the darts! Will he be at the final?
Mighty Mike missing so many doubles in the second leg, and Wade has punished him for it!
Jordan Handford on Twitter: I wonder if we will get the #AirConGate sequal again at the #Darts #LadbrokesDarts – Let’s ‘ave it!! #9darter
Wade wins the first leg with a 14-dart leg!
Both about to start the first game. Wadey the outsider, but has won each of his last five games against van Gerwen.
MvG coming onto the stage now. Fast becoming a crowd favourite now!
The action starts in around 15 minutes’ time. A lot of people think that Michael van Gerwen will win against James Wade, which given the Dutchman’s form is no surprise. In 2012, he has won eight events – seven Pro Tour events away from the TV and the World Grand Prix back in October.
Kelly Donegan on Twitter: Ready for the first walk on !! #ladbrokesdarts
Joe Griffiths on Twitter: RT @mbowering: My money is on all-Dutch final at the #Ladbrokesdarts
Chay Press on Twitter: Tonight’s #ladbrokesdarts is gonna be epic!!!!
Lee Wilson on Twitter: Not long now #Dartastic #LadbrokesDarts
While we’re waiting for the action to start, we’ve got a few interesting stats for you. Michael van Gerwen has the most 180s of the tournament with 34. Raymond van Barneveld is on 25, James Wade on 16 and Phil Taylor on 11. Taylor is the most clinical finisher of the four remaining players with a 47.57% checkout percentage. Barney has the highest three-dart average for the tournament as a whole of 99.93.
Hopefully the powers that be at the PDC will have a windbreak on stage this time!
Last year’s semi-finals at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championships were perhaps the most eventful ever. An unbelievable comeback from Andy Hamilton to beat Simon Whitlock was entertaining enough, but the second semi between Adrian Lewis and James Wade was extraordinary. With Wade looking unbeatable, a breeze blew constantly across the Ally Pally stage, making it difficult for both players to land their darts with great accuracy. After going off stage for some time, Lewis won the next few sets and won 6-5!
As there are four special players on show tonight, maybe they’ll throw something out of this world. 6/1 are the odds you’ll get on a nine-darter, while the price for a 170 checkout is 9/4. Any takers?
Our mate Eric Bristow MBE’s got an idea of what might happen tonight. Here’s Bristow’s Daily Double, and he believes that Taylor and van Gerwen will both be 6-2 winners in their games. Interesting…
The second semi-final is between two greats of the modern era. Phil Taylor faces Raymond van Barneveld, and sports fans the world over can’t wait to see them fight for a spot in the final. Taylor is favourite at 8/15, while a resurgent Barney has odds of 6/4 for the win.
The first semi-final is between the lightning-quick young Dutchman Michael van Gerwen and James Wade, who’s got to this stage without playing his best darts. Mighty Mike is the favourite at 1/5, with The Machine back at 7/2.
Hello there, and welcome to our latest live blog from the Ally Pally for the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championships. It should be a fantastic night, especially with four of the world’s best and most entertaining players in action.
Well, after two epic games, the time has come for us to sign off for the night. Stay tuned until tomorrow when we’ll be blogging live on the semi-finals. Be sure to visit our blog for some great articles previewing the upcoming games and how some of the stars are feeling. Night!
The crowd are still singing for MvG! That’s the power that his performance and the game as a whole had over them!
First game of the tournament when both players posted a three-dart average of over 100. Lewis has an average of 100.8 compared to 102.73 for van Gerwen. 26 180’s and 59 scores of 140 or more were hit during that epic!
Darren Merry on Twitter: What a match!! Shame there had to be a loser. Well played MVG #ladbrokesdarts
Simon Head on Twitter: What. A. Match. Michael van Gerwen floors Adrian Lewis in an absolute thriller. One of the best darts matches I’ve ever seen #Ladbrokesdarts
MvG wins the final set. Lewis is out, but extends his hand to tell his opponent “well done!”. That’s arguably the game of the tournament so far!
Katie Beattie on Twitter: Darts is amazing #Darts #LadbrokesDarts #pdc
2-2 in the final set, and the winner has to win by two clear legs. Excited?
4-4. Final-set fever here at the Ally Pally. 22 180’s between them so far!
Another nine-dart alert!
Twitter still loves darts! #DARTS is currently trending, but it’s no surprise, especially with the standard of this game!
2/9 is the current price for a van Gerwen victory. If you still fancy Lewis’ chances of winning, odds of 3/1 are available with Ladbrokes.
4-3 to van Gerwen. Every single leg becomes more important, and with each leg, the game just seems to get better and better!
Shanghai (120) checkout for MvG! Keep it up guys!
Lewis in the lead 2-1 in the seventh set. Exciting isn’t it?
Paul Prenderville on Twitter: Van gerwen Lewis is top top top tungsten, this years #PDCWorldDarts has been nothing short of immense #LadbrokesDarts
3-3 now. A 102 finish on tops for Lewis keeps him well in the match. If you’re not enjoying this, what’s up with you?!?!
Second time in the match that Lewis wires the bull for a 170 finish. Van Gerwen does the same for a big checkout himself!
Misses treble 19, but looking likely to win the leg. Freakishly good stuff here!
Another nine-dart alert for Michael!
Danny smith on Twitter: RT @MatNeedham180: Lewis v MVG is a classic!! #LadbrokesDarts
3-2 to MvG after winning three legs in a row. Starting to finish a little better too. 1/6 to win right now. A Lewis win is available for odds of 7/2.
No nine-darter for van Gerwen, but 12 is enough to get him 2-0 up in set five.
Neil Patel on Twitter: @Ladbrokes I’m loving the 180s in MVG v The Jackpot #LadbrokesDarts #ssd
2-2 thanks to yet more dodgy doubling from van Gerwen. Could Lewis continue his slow march towards a possible third World Championship?
This game’s going back and forth! Another 5-4 game anyone?
2-1 to MvG, and missed doubles aside, he’s the strong 2/7 favourite. Heavy scoring helping to get him some great chances to stay in the lead.
Mighty Mike not so good at the doubles right now, and it’s 2-2 in set three.
Claire Pickering on Twitter: Loving the darts tonite #WDC2013 #LadbrokesDarts #gameOn @romafox @Johnny_Buckley
1-1, thanks in no small part to some improved scoring from the World Champion. Lewis is still out at 13/8 to win the match, but there’s every chance with so much of the game still to go.
Joe Atkinson on Twitter: Not bothered who wins this match both very good players and both will win the worlds again or at some point in their career #ladbrokesdarts
If van Gerwen wins this match, he would temporarily move up to 4th in the World Rankings. If he stays in the top four by the end of the tournament, he will qualify automatically for next year’s Premier League.
First set to Mighty Mike, and Lewis has been made to pay for a few missed doubles. Could he race ahead with the match? Odds of 1/4 suggest it might happen.
Lewis misses a host of doubles in leg two, and van Gerwen steals it with a 100 checkout. Interesting start.
MvG 1-0 up in the first set. This has the potential to go every bit as far as the Wade/Newton clash!
Coming into the game, Ladbrokes make Michael the favourite to win at odds of 1/2. Lewis at 6/4.
Andy vellender on Twitter: I hope the next game between lewis vs MVG is as brilliant as the last game pure class darts loving @OfficialPDC #Ladbrokesdarts
Just spoke to James after his thrilling victory, and he’s still disappointed. However, he’s happy with the result, which sees him play the winner of the final match.
Wade is currently trending on Twitter. Shows how popular darts is, especially on a Saturday night when the New Year is upon us!
Cooper Donnelly YNWA on Twitter: This next game will be a cracker!!! #ladbrokesdarts
Double 5 does it! Wade wins a tight one 5-4. Newton was very unlucky in a game which both players played a massive part. Lewis v van Gerwen next!
Wade misses double top for the win. Newton on 122, and… Wade’s in with a chance again!
Dawn Whytock on Twitter: @OfficialPDC: first leg to @Warrior180 What a quarter-final #ladbrokesdarts #wowsers C’mon Wade!
Aaron on Twitter: What a game of Darts! #ladbrokesdarts
Gripping final set! Wade hits double 5 to go 2-1 up in the deciding set against the throw! 1/8 to win the match.
Newton hits 180 in the second leg of the final set. He’s 1-0 up at the moment.
4-4 now! This is by far the closest of the three quarter-final matches played so far this year. The odds suggest that at 5/6 apiece, there’s little to separate them.
Anyone else wonder how Kammy would do as a commentator? Would make even John Gwynne seem restrained!
11-darter from Wes to go 2-0 up in the 8th set. Looking like a final-set decider, and that Lewis and van Gerwen may have to wait a while longer.
Huge set here, and Newton 1-0 up against the throw thanks to a 102 checkout. Hits a 180 in the next leg…
4-3 now to Newton. Maybe it’s Wade’s turn to go to sleep? Wes is now at 7/2 to win the game, but Wade has the throw in the next set.
2-0 to Newton in this set. Can’t afford to let Wadey in here. Does he understand the gravity of his situation?
claire dent on Twitter: RT @Ladbrokes: #LadsStarSpot It’s Tiziano Crudeli, but he cant find his mate @chris_kammy!!
4-2 to Wade. The Machine’s steady game more than a match for The Warrior, who isn’t putting up too much of a fight now. 1/20 is the price you can get with Ladbrokes for a Wade victory now.
Newton becoming more erroneous with each passing leg, and Wade keeps punishing him for his mistakes. Sign of a champion?
Crowd a little quiet at the moment. Waiting for this game to build like Wadey’s game with John Part at this stage last year or are they waiting for the next game between Adrian Lewis and Michael van Gerwen?
3-2 Wade! You wouldn’t have guessed that after the first two sets, but that’s part of the reason why darts is such a great sport. So unpredictable!
Wade in front in the game for the first time, nailing double 4 to go 2-1 up in set five. Could Newton be on the slide?
The pendulum has swung firmly in Wade’s favour here despite still averaging in the low 90’s as he has been all game. If he gets through this, can he get away with it in the semis?
2-2 it is! Wade is favourite again for the match at a tempting 4/7. Newton’s odds out at 5/4 now if you fancy backing the Lancastrian ace.
Knit Happy on Twitter: Lip-smacking Macaroni Cheese to see us through the quarters @OfficialPDC #ladbrokesdarts https://t.co/6reH9gXh
2-2 in the fourth set. Wade throwing to make it 2-2 in sets despite not being anywhere near his best. Shades of John Part in 2008?
Thomas Haig on Twitter: im gonna be gutted after all this is over.. will be missing the fun, walk on girls, the dancers and the huge games #ladbrokesdarts #darts
2-1 Newton in sets. Wade back in the game and his odds shorten to evens. Newton 8/11 favourite for the win, but stating to dip a little.
TV’s Clare Balding at the Ally Pally. Wonder if she thinks either player will win by a nose when the game enters the final furlongs?
2-0 to Newton despite being 2-0 down in the second set. Wes is the strong favourite now at 2/5, while James is 7/4 for the win here. Can he mount a comeback?
Newton now averaging over 100 now. Watch out Wadey!
Wadey 2-0 up in the second set. Missed doubles from his opponent have let The Machine back in the game despite some inferior scoring.
Kevin Rice on Twitter: Put the darts on to cheer myself up after PNE’s dismal performance today.
John Esam on Twitter: The ladbrokes adverts never cease to make me laugh #ladbrokesdarts
Newton may advertise the fact that he’s a Fleetwood Town fan, but he’s also got a soft-spot for Liverpool. Covered all bases with that red shirt then!
1-0 to Wes in sets. The Fleetwood ace looking decent so far, averaging just shy of 98 per three darts. Wade back on 90.45, and needs to score more if he’s to be victorious.
Better from Wadey. 101 checkout from The Machine to level the match. Wade’s never been beyond the semis in this tournament, while Newton’s looking for his first ever appearance in the last four of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
First leg to The Warrior. Wade opens up leg two of the first set with a 174.
Newton has the throw having won the bull backstage. Not the best start from either player, but both are top quality players.
Elmo and Big Bird in the crowd tonight! All the big stars at the Ally Pally.
The last time The Machine and The Warrior met on TV in a major environment was in the 2011 UK Open final. Wade won 11-8 in the end having been behind early on.
Before the first dart is thrown in anger by James Wade and Wes Newton, the odds suggest that it could be a tight one. Newton is the outsider of the two at 6/5, with Wade marginal favourite at 4/6.
Talking of Eric, there was a story in the papers about him being given his own reality TV show. However, Brissy’s said they’ve been telling porkies on Twitter!
Hello there darts fans! Play starts in tonight’s first match against James Wade and Wes Newton. Our friend Eric Bristow’s got a tip that could make you guys a little money. Here’s Bristow’s Daily Double.
We’re off to get some post-match reaction from Phil Taylor after his barnstorming performance. You can read all about what he had to say on our blog in the next few days. We’ll be back tomorrow to cover the other two quarter-finals and everything else going on at the Ally Pally. Sweet dreams, darts fans!
Taylor/Barney will be the second of the two semi-finals on Sunday.
steven ashton on Twitter: Barney just needs to listen to Taylor’s interview if he needs extra motivation to beat him on Sunday. #ladbrokesdarts
The odds for the Taylor/Barney match are out now. Taylor is 8/15 favourite, with Barney the 6/4 outsider. Who do you fancy?
steve collett on Twitter: RT @OfficialPDC: Impressive 5-0 win for @PhilDTaylor with an average of 101.38 #ladbrokesdarts
sarah wheeler holmes on Twitter: Taylor v RvB #epic #ladbrokesdarts
Latest title odds – Taylor is 13/8. Barney is 11/4. Van Gerwen is 3/1.
Hamilton: “Phil was awesome tonight!” And it’s hard to argue with that assessment.
“I’m shattered” says Taylor as he reveals he has been battling illness. He certainly sounds a little under the weather, which makes his performance tonight all the more impressive.
Taylor and Barney on Sunday should be something special. They’ve played in so many memorable games together down the years and the crowd here at the Ally Pally are belting out Taylor’s tune.
Taylor has 65 for the match… Gets it. 5-0 over Hammer, and he’s just two wins away from making it title no. 16!
Taylor within a leg of resuming his rivalry with Barney. However, Hammer won’t give up just yet despite his position.
Hammer wins a rare leg with a great 95 checkout. 1-0 up in the 5th set, but a long, long way behind.
It seems that Hamilton needs a miracle to reach the semi-finals now. Does anyone know if that fan who looks like Jesus is in the crowd tonight? Maybe he could help!
Darren Moody on Twitter: I think @PhilDTaylor is in a rush! #ladbrokesdarts
4-0 Taylor. Averaging just over 100 and is 1/500 to win. A bet on The Hammer to win is at a rather larger 33/1.
Taylor en route to going 4-0 up. Could be an early night at the Ally Pally unless Hammer starts to find the grit that’s served him so well in the past 12 months or so.
It’s a good day for the game in social media: Phil Taylor’s trending on Twitter now!
3-0 Taylor, and a few missed doubles from Hamilton coupled with clinical finishing may help him on his way to a big win.
Barney spoke to us a few minutes ago about his victory, and he’s looking forward to having tomorrow off. Says he plans on going walking and shopping during the day before watching his fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen take on Adrian Lewis. Sounds like a plan!
Taylor’s checkout success percentage is an impressive 58%, a percentage which will help you win most games. Hamilton by contrast has hit a paltry 13% of his attempts at a double.
Taylor looking comfortable right now, but The Hammer is quite the comeback specialist. Anyone remember his amazing victory in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Matchplay when he came from 15-8 down to win 17-15 against Simon Whitlock?
Hamilton has now drifted out to 15/2 in the live in-play market here.
That’s the second set to Taylor and he’s progressing easily here unless Hamilton can hit back in stunning fashion.
Taylor has upped his game tonight. That’s not really surprising considering he is chasing a 16th world title and Sky’s John Gwynne has told us he expects the Power to win it.
Sanj on Twitter: The scoring is there from Hamilton, but these double shots…they’re not even close to going in some of them #ladbrokesdarts
The Hammer sticks another 180 in, but Taylor hits back with a 124 checkout. That’s the sign of a true champion.
That, of course, is ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and all his old pals from the WWF are here as well – great to see!
Busta Duffin on Twitter: @OfficialPDC Got @Raybar180 @PhilDTaylor @jackpot180 and Wade to win tonight. So Far so good!! #darts #ladbrokesdarts
First 180 of the match goes to Hamilton and he’ll be hoping to use that a platform on which to build despite the fact he has just lost the opening set.
If, like Darren, you fancy a 5-0 Taylor win then that’s currently 5/2.
Darren on Twitter: This has got 5-0 written all over it!! #taylor v hamilton #ladbrokesdarts
Man-of-the-moment Barney has just entered the press tent here at Ally Pally and he’s attracting plenty of interest – as you would expect!!!
Darts is trending on Twitter as Taylor takes the opening leg on Hamilton’s throw.
Gary Robson Fans on Twitter: I want to see the same psychol0gist Barney has been seeing
You may find this hard to believe, but Taylor has hit just six 180s in his last three games. Hamilton has a more respectible 16 so far.
Love the start of Taylor’s walk-on music. Makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Here he comes…
What’s MC Hammer up to these days?
Simon Bambii on Twitter: @Ladbrokes germany is watching !!! Bring on The Power @PhilDTaylor #LadbrokesDarts #Darts
Will Andy get a handy win, or will it be a Hammer Horror?
In their last meeting at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead, Hamilton had three darts to check out 60 to beat Taylor at the quarter-final stage. To his horror, The Hammer saw his first dart sail over double 20, leaving him just one dart at tops for the match. He missed, lost the leg and subsequently didn’t win another leg. Taylor won 10-9 in the end.
Taylor is overwhelming favourite for this game, as he is against just about every other opponent and is available at a price of 1/4. As for Hamilton, his price before the first dart is thrown is 3/1. They’ve met 11 times before on TV, and The Power has won them all.
Barney can look forward to Saturday off, while everyone else will be eagerly awaiting the second and final match of the night between Phil Taylor and Andy Hamilton.
So much Twitter love for Barney right now. He’s a real fans favourite.
Steven Morse on Twitter: Wow!! #RVB was close to perfect there! #ladbrokesdarts
Will Saunders on Twitter: Well done Barny!! Dadadadadadadadadadadadadadadaoioioi! #LadbrokesDarts
Jack Flanagan on Twitter: Barney to win it! #BarneyArmy #ladbrokesdarts
That’s one Dutchman through to the semis. Will Michael van Gerwin join them? First he’ll have to get the better of Adrian Lewis, who has won 15 straight games in this tournament. That’s some run!!!
Barney take a bow – and he has done just that! Fantastic darts and he’ll now play the winner of the next game. Can Taylor and Hamilton produce a classic?
Double 16 for the match, and he gets it first time! 5-1 to Raymond van Barneveld, a result which not many people saw coming. Great performance from the big fella.
Barney one leg away from the semis. Can he do it? If so, there’s a possibility he could face old rival Phil Taylor if he comes through this game victorious.
Barney’s trending on Twitter right now. That’s how much of a draw the man is.
Barney appeared to be crying tears of joy after winning that set. Who said that big men don’t cry?
Captain Spungo on Twitter: In. The. Zone. #ladbrokesdarts
Whitlock looks like a broken man here.
4-1 in sets to Barney. One more and he reaches the semi-finals of a World Championship for the first time since 2010.
Whitlock is arguably one of the very best in the world at switching to other trebles, especially when it comes to setting up out-shots. Hasn’t quite been good enough for him so far in this game though.
Phil Taylor is 1/4 to win his quarter against Andy Hamilton later on as the two Stokies go head to head.
That’s 10 180s for Whitlock now in the match and 20 for the tournament. Barney has 21 to his name in total at Ally Pally in this year’s event. Stat-tastic!
3-1 to Barney. An 86 checkout on the bull opens up a sizeable advantage for the big man, and his odds shorten once again, this time to 1/10.
2-2 in the fourth set right now, and the player who wins it could either get themselves level or open up a big 3-1 lead in sets. Drama!
1-1 in the fourth set, and Barney looking decent again. This game’s got plenty of life in it!
The odds are changing constantly with every leg. Whitlock’s never-say-die attitude has seen his odds shorten to 6/4. Barney’s odds have lengthened to 1/2
suzanne on Twitter: Has #Whitlock just turned up for the game?
2-1 Barney as Whitlock claws back a set. Barney has throw in set four, but starting to lose his range on the big trebles. Is a comeback on?
Darren Moody on Twitter: Feel good for another 9-darter tonight! #ladbrokesdarts
He may be down in sets, but Whitlock’s hit twice as many 180’s in the game than Barney – 6 so far.
If Barney wins this match, he will move up to 8th in the PDC world rankings. This will also earn him a further £25,000 in prize money, which isn’t too bad, is it?
The last time these two met on the Ally Pally stage was at the 2010 World Darts Championships in the semi-finals. The Australian managed to come back from a seemingly impossible position to reach the final, so he’s capable of clawing himself back into this game.
2-0 in sets to Barney. Now at 1/8 to win the match.
If Barney actually had an army, they could win wars.
Barney on a whopping 105.16 average, while Whitlock on 99.08. Keep it up guys…
Ant ⚽ on Twitter: Put that man out, on firrrreeee!!! #ladbrokesdarts
1-0 to Barney as he takes the first set. His odds for the match are down to just 2/9, while Whitlock is back at 3/1. Early days though, and it’s first to five sets at this stage.
Adam Doherty on Twitter: 18 consecutive World Championship matches in which Simon Whitlock has taken out a 100+ finish. Incredible. #ladbrokesdarts
Saying that, the Beard to be Feared has just hit back-to-back maximums!
2-1 to Barney, and averaging 107 at the moment. Looking the better of the two at the moment.
Barney and Whitlock limbering up for the first quarter-final. Should be good this…
You get all sorts at Ally Pally…
He comes from the land Down Under…and Whitlock looks in a confident mood….
Barney comes bounding out and the Barney Army are in fine voice. Eye of the Tiger is his theme tune…but does he have the Eye of the Tiger tonight?
We got all three of our tips for yesterday correct. Here’s proof we’re not bluffing! – Yesterday’s betting preview
Betting preview for tonight – here’s our tips for the evening session
Good evening darts fans! It’s the last eight – and it should be a cracker of an evening.
Well, that’s the end of today’s play. We’ll be posting some exclusive interviews with some of the players on our blog tomorrow, so check it out. We’ll also be back for tomorrow’s two quarter-finals between Phil Taylor and Andy Hamilton and Raymond van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock. Until then, sweet dreams darts fans!
Lewis wins 4-2 in a nail-biter with Painter. A few exchanges between the two players at the end, but big result for the reigning champion.
Lewis within a leg of a quarter-final tie with Michael van Gerwen.
3-2 in sets to Lewis. A truly engrossing contest that has the crowd and viewers at home captivated.
Lewis so close to a 170 checkout, but comes back to bust 25. Painter wins the first leg of set five!
2-2 in sets. Great stuff.
How times change: Painter is in with a chance of levelling it at two sets apiece and his odds have come in at 11/10!
The crowd are really involved in this, and Painter seems to be riding on the crest of a wave right now.
Painter nails double 4 to make it 2-1 in sets. This game’s got plenty of life about it.
Didn’t happen for him. Still wins the leg and it’s 2-2 in the third set.
Lewis on a nine-darter
Greg Wilson on Twitter: #TheArtist is struggling #LadbrokesDarts
Pressure darts from Lewis as he holds his nerve to take a 2-0 lead. Does the defending champion now have one foot in the last eight?
Painter is showing plenty of heart here…but can he claim the second set or will Lewis put clear daylight between the duo.
The odds of a Lewis victory with Ladbrokes have contracted to just 2/9. Painter is now at 3/1 from the starting price of 6/4
Adie wins the first set 3-0. Looking good against a hit-and-miss Painter.
Lewis 2-0 up in the first set already and playing much better so far.
A lot of love from the crowd for Kevin Painter. Will he brush Lewis aside?
Tonight’s final game sees Adrian Lewis take the next step on the road to winning a third successive World Darts Championship, but to reach the last eight, he has to get back the formidable Kevin Painter.
A stack of missed doubles but Barney wins with double 3 4-0 in sets. Good result for the legendary Dutch star.
Like Long John Silver, Barney needs another leg. In his case, it’s to win the match and set up a mouthwatering clash with Simon Whitlock.
3-0 to Barney. Anderson has a massive mountain to climb if he’s to somehow win a spot in the last eight. Has to pick up his game considerably to be in with a chance.
Anderson hit 19 180’s in his last match against John Bowles. Just the two so far. For the record, Barney has four.
Barney in control. Imagine what could happen if the big Dutchman makes it six world titles…
2-0 to Barney, and the man in the ‘interesting’ shirt has it all to do.
Barney breaks to lead 2-1 in the second set. Still early days though…
Good game so far. Anderson, the outsider is at 9/4 to win with the second set still in progress.
Adam Grice on Twitter: Who is dressing Gary Anderson this year? Strange choice of shirts #ladbrokesdarts
Anderson now 9/4 to battle back and win. Barney is priced at 1/3.
Craig Nicholson on Twitter: Darting heaven. #ladbrokesdarts
Advantage Barney as he takes the first set. Anderson…it’s over to you. How will he respond?
Seddo on Twitter: 9 Darter from #barney tonight I reckon! #LadbrokesDarts
Barney is averaging 114 so far – blistering arrows here from the big guy.
‘Keep Calm and Sling Tungsten’: best t-shirt slogan ever!
Gary Anderson’s about to toe the oche wearing a pretty strange shirt. This is because he has a sponsorship deal with a company who make those shirts, and he seems to enjoy his new colourful garb.
Among the stellar list of former and current major champions playing today, the big tie between Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld is the one that’s got fans talking. They’re both massive scorers, fast throwers and capable of beating absolutely anyone in the world, so if you’re at home or in the crowd at the Ally Pally, sit back and enjoy it.
Billy Wright on Twitter: Van gerwen going to be a tough player to knock out in some serious form could be his year #ladbrokesdarts
Latest odds on the game – Anderson is 11/10. Barney is 8/11. It’s a tight one to call!!
Will Anderson v Barney live up to the billing as THE game of the tournament so far?!? Let’s hope so…
Double 3 seals it for Michael van Gerwen, who finishes with a three-dart average of 98.96. He wins 4-1 against Colin Lloyd despite a foot injury. Anderson vs Barney up next!
MvG one leg away from making the quarter-finals and kicks off this leg with a 140.
stuart rainey on Twitter: @OfficialPDC brilliant game of darts so far can’t wait for Anderson Barney it’ll be a cracker #Ladbrokesdarts
If you fancy a Lloyd comeback, his odds are currently 12/1. To finish the job, van Gerwen is at 1/66.
MvG goes 3-1 up in sets. Not quite at the winning post just yet though.
Weirdly, there’s only been two 180’s in the entire game. Spooky…
Quick game this. The other ones should follow suit.
Lloyd makes it 2-1. Da da, da da, na na na na na na na na….
Great array of costumes in the crowd tonight. Crayons, superheroes, cartoon characters and fans in random wigs!
Looking pretty easy for MvG. Looks likely to win the third set to go 3-0 up against Lloyd.
David Hickman on Twitter: MVG looking good for the last 8, 2-0 up against Colin Lloyd, making Jaws look like a Stickleback. #LadbrokesDarts
If MvG threw any quicker, all you would see is a lime green blur every time he throws!
Daniel Hewer on Twitter: Hes abit good at this darts lark is @MvG180 #ladbrokesdarts
Injury? What injury?
First set against the throw to van Gerwen with an impressive 106.32 three-dart average. Beware the mean green hobblin’ machine.
He was 9/2 to win, but Lloyd could steal a march on van Gerwen by winning the first set.
Lloyd bites back with a 132 finish on the bull. More please…
MvG seems to be limping, but he wins the first leg against the throw.
Apparently, van Gerwen has a fracture in one of his feet. Will it affect him?
Colin Lloyd’s coming onto the stage now. Will Jaws have enough bite for van Gerwen?
Interesting fact: every player in this session has one at least one major tournament.
Hello again! We’re back for the final three games of the third round, which are:
Michael van Gerwen v Colin Lloyd
Raymond van Barneveld v Gary Anderson
Adrian Lewis v Kevin Painter
If you fancy a bet, odds of 3.68/1 on a treble for van Gerwen, Anderson and Lewis to win are available. Meanwhile, if there’s at least one nine-dart finish tonight, odds of 12/1 are on offer. Will we get one? Let’s wait and see…
We’ll be back in just over a couple of hours’ time for the evening session. Michael van Gerwen meets Colin Lloyd, Gary Anderson meets Raymond van Barneveld and reigning champion Adrian Lewis takes on Kevin Painter.
Wade averaged an ok 89.61, while van der Voort hit a 95.70.
Jonny Tomlinson on Twitter: @RossWhalin @BlackjackHudson would love to do the Poznan at the #alexanderpalace #ladbrokesdarts
Wadey wins it 4-0. Up against Wes Newton in the quarter-finals.
Wade throwing for the match. Looking good to do it, but a maximum from van der Voort keeps him on his toes.
3-0 to Wade. His Dutch opponent had chances to make it 2-1 but two missed darts at double 12 let the Machine in.
Van der Voort is one of six Dutchmen to compete in the World Championships. Can you name the other five?
Wadey is the only left-handed thrower still in the tournament. Strange, that.
Some fans dressed as cutlery in the crowd. Bet they had steely determination to dress like that…
Martin Spackman on Twitter: RT @Ladbrokes: Na na na na na na na na na na na! Vincent van der Voort loves #LadbrokesDarts
RT if you agree with the Dutch Destroyer https://t.co/HrihrtFE
Wadey’s 2-0 up. Van der Voort was unlucky in that set.
A few of the smaller doubles being hit today. Bound to be given how tense these games are.
Both players playing pretty well at the moment. Could be a great game if they stay close.
Graham Gilroy on Twitter: Wade clinical so far #ladbrokesdarts
Vincent van der Voort is known for being the fastest thrower in the world. Wonder if there’s anything else he does really quickly…
1-0 to James Wade in this game. Decent first leg from the World No. 3.
The first set is over in rapid time and Wade is not messing about here. He’s now got a total of 10 180s in the tournament and has made a flying start.
Wade certainly does mean business – he just slammed in the first 180 of the match. GAME ON!
Daniel Barnes on Twitter: James Wade looks like he means business #cmonWadey #ladbrokesdarts #darts
Mike on Twitter: RT @Ladbrokes: Na na na na na na na na na na na! Vincent van der Voort loves #LadbrokesDarts
Another belting walk-on tune as Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal rocks the Ally Pally. Wade salutes the crowd.
The games are coming thick and fast now. Biggest sing-a-long of the day greets Van der Voort to the tune of KC & The Sunshine Band’s Baby Give It Up. Great song.
Dan O’Leary on Twitter: @SWhitlock180 congrats simon. Took heart to pull that one out. Well done #ladbrokesdarts #dramaattheallypally #WDC2013
What a game. What a finish. Fancy a punt on the Wade-Van der Voort clash? Wade is the 3/19 favourite and you can get 5/2 on Van der Voort.
Next on is James Wade vs Vincent van der Voort.
Whitlock misses one match dart at tops. He comes back to nail it for a 4-3 win!
Phil Cottrill on Twitter: This is absolutely ridiculous #ladbrokesdarts
Joe Ingham on Twitter: @swhitlock180 saving his best darts for when it counts @OfficialPDC #ladbrokesdarts
Ali Hickinbottom on Twitter: Dave Chisnall loves to hit 62! What a game! #ladbrokesdarts
Whitlock breaks back with an outstanding 152 checkout. 3-3 in sets and legs!
Vital for Chizzy. Double 4 gets him the 5th leg to go within one leg of making the quarters!
If you don’t know what happens now, the winner must win by two clear legs unless it gets to 5-5 in the final set. If that happens, it will go to a sudden-death leg. Exciting!
How tense is this?
Chizzy’s still alive. Double 12 against the throw and he’s throwing to level the set.
Didn’t happen, but good effort though in a leg he needs to win
Chizzy on a nine-darter!
130 checkout from Whitlock to go 2-0 up in the final set. Quality!
Guys in banana suits with a sign reading ‘we make a good bunch’. Love it!
Chizzy nails double 2, and the game’s entered the final set!
180s starting to come in a little more regularly. Keep it going lads…
Phil Cottrill on Twitter: What a game this is! Whitlock – Chisnall #ladbrokesdarts
Every chance that this leg could go to the final set. Sudden death leg anyone?
3-2 to Whitlock, and he’s only one set away from making the quarter-finals.
As you would expect from a proud Aussie, Whitlock’s a big fan of cricket and rugby league. His hero is former Bradford Bulls and Australia legend Steve Menzies.
Whitlock finally hits his first 180!
Chisnall levels it at 2-2 with a clean dart at double top. Whitlock is 2/1 to win 4-3, while the same score in Chizzy’s favour is a slightly longer 10/3.
Where there’s a Wizard, there’s always fans dressed like characters from the Wizard of Oz.
2-1 to Whitlock. Finished 78 on double 9!
Whitlock looking good for winning the third set. Currently leads 2-0 in the third set.
Whitlock is known for leaving a shot of 170 in some legs. If you’re unsure why, he said in an interview that it was something he learned while playing in his native Australia as a youngster.
If you fancy a flutter, the hairy Aussie is still the favourite at 4/7, while the big-scoring Chizzy is at 5/4.
Chizzy wins the second set. At 1-1, there’s potential for this game to go all the way. Given their collective talent, they could match each other blow for blow.
Like many world-class Australian athletes, Simon knows how to win tournaments. He won his first major title in September, winning the 2012 European Championships in Germany. As well as a shiny trophy, the “Beard to be Feared” won a cool £50,000!
Chizzy’s missed a few doubles so far in this game, but he’s been far worse in previous games. In the first round of the 2012 European Championships against Gino Vos, he missed more than 30 darts at a double in a game that was first to six legs.
Interesting fact about these two: Chisnall and Whitlock finished 1st and 2nd respectively on the PDC ProTour Order of Merit. This means that in tournaments that aren’t televised, they’re the two most successful players of 2012.
Mind you, this game has the makings of a classic…
Over in the press room, Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark says that the evening session will be one of the greatest ever. Here’s hoping he’s right!
Whitlock reached the final at Ally Pally in 2010, beating Terry Jenkins, James Wade and the great Raymond van Barneveld before falling to Phil Taylor in the final. Chisnall is making only his second appearance here, having fallen at this stage last year to Andy Hamilton.
Good first set. Whitlock wins it with double 10.
Simon Whitlock must have the greatest beard in darts right now. Not got much competition now, but still…
Chizzy’s just nailed a 157 checkout! Good stuff so far here…
Whitlock wins the first leg with throw against the man known as ‘Chizzy Rascal’. Both 180 machines on their day, so expect fireworks!
Whitlock gets the game under way and he has a steely determination on his face.
Whitlock is the 8/15 favourite to progress. Chisnall is an 11/8 shot.
Here he comes – the man from Down Under! Chisnall better run, he better take cover if the Aussie brings his A-Game.
Heavy beats for Dave Chisnall’s walk on music really gets this crowd going. Simon Whitlock is bound to get a great reception.
As usual, some great fancy dress outfits on show today at Ally Pally – from Mexicans to morphsuits galore!!!
Newton finished with a respectable three-dart average of 90.9, while Walsh was way back on a disappointing 80.75. Both players shared seven 180’s, with the victorious Fleetwood ace having a decent checkout success rate of 37%.
Wes wins with Double 5 4-2. Will face either seven-time major winner James Wade or the rapid-fire Dutchman Vincent van der Voort. Up next, a tasty one between Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall.
Walsh has 78 for the set
Walsh out at 14/1 to win the match now, but a big leg could make it 3-2, and he kicks off with a big 180!
Wes takes the third set to keep himself in the fifth set. Walshie throwing for the match. Anyone’s set this at the moment.
Walsh is showing great spirit here….surely Newton can’t throw this away. Stranger things have happened in sport….
If you’re wondering what the day’s play has in store, check out our blog post on the possibility of someone else hitting a nine-dart finish. Could it happen again? It’d be sensational if it did!!!
Good afternoon darts fans! We’re live from Ally Pally, and we’re deep into the third-round tie between Wes Newton and Mark Walsh. Wes currently leads 3-1 in sets.