After a third round laden with thrills and spills, the World Darts Championship hits TV screens on New Year’s Day with four fantastic quarter-finals on the agenda.
There have been no shortage of upsets in the tournament so far, demonstrating the value of piling on an underdog, which we’ve done with two of our three best bets for the last-eight stage.
Peter Wright to beat Gary Anderson @ 7/4
Last year’s runner-up has continued his love affair with Alexandra Palace this time around, dropping just one set en route to the quarters.
Wright’s emphatic 4-0 win over Andy Hamilton showed his class, and only Phil Taylor boasts a higher overall average than Snakebite’s 98.97 in this year’s tournament.
He and Anderson split four matches evenly in 2014, but Wright has won nine of their 12 most recent encounters. All in all we’re delighted to find Snakebite available at odds-against in this clash.
Raymond van Barneveld to beat Stephen Bunting @ 6/4
The Bullet has already dispensed with James Wade and Michael Smith in fine fashion, but after downing two-time champion Adrian Lewis, we fancy another against the odds win for Barney.
The Dutchman looked second best throughout his clash with Jackpot, but produced the goods when it mattered to pinch the deciding set.
Van Barneveld won the pair’s only previous meeting 6-4 at the Player’s Championship in April, and we reckon the five-time champion will prevail again here.
Over 6.5 sets in Michael van Gerwen v Robert Thornton @ 8/13
Both players have made serene progress to the quarter-finals, and The Thorn is the only player in the tournament yet to drop a set.
Clearly that is likely to change against Mighty Mike, who is the 9/4 second favourite to win the whole shebang, but we expect the Scot to make things very tough for the reigning champion.
The pair met twice in 2014, with Van Gerwen winning 7-5 on each occasion. Another tight match is on the cards at Alexandra Palace.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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