Dave Chisnall v Robert Thornton
Dave Chisnall hit the joint-most 180s in the first round as he blitzed past Jelle Klaasen with a 101 average. He comes up against the only former Grand Prix winner left in the field, Robert Thornton. The Thorn is hopelessly out of form but somehow squeaked past Kim Huybrechts, despite having a 79 average. Chisnall should win comfortably, but he has never looked the same on this stage since losing 6-0 in the 2013 final to Phil Taylor. Instead, back the St Helens ace to hit the most 180s, it’s something that he never loses the ability to do, even when playing badly.
Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen
Daryl Gurney is in the form of his life and looks set to make the transition from middle of the road to a potential Premier League star sooner rather than later. ‘Rockstar’ Joe Cullen stands in his way from a second consecutive Quarter-Final appearance and the Northern Irishman should feel good about his chances. His 180 count and highest checkout were higher than Cullen’s in the last round and his power scoring should see him through comfortably. Go for the treble of Gurney to win, hit most 180s and highest checkout.
John Henderson v Alan Norris
John Henderson looks to keep the fairytale alive against Alan Norris and it will be interesting to see how Henderson plays after knocking out MvG. It used to be a joke that whoever beat Phil Taylor in a tournament would never win the thing themselves and I can see that continuing here. Henderson didn’t hit a single 180 against MvG, instead relying on his deadliness on the doubles to get him through. Norris hit zero in his match too, but has shown he can hit them for fun on other stage tournaments. A shade under evens looks a fantastic price for most 180s.
Raymond van Barneveld v Steve Beaton
There wouldn’t be a more popular winner than Steve Beaton if the ‘Bronzed Adonis’ won his first PDC major in Dublin after all these years. But it’s hard to look past Raymond van Barneveld, a man who is playing considerably better than 18 months ago and always has the capacity to make a late run in any tournament. Beaton has one of the smoothest throws in the game but lacks the scoring power of some of the more modern players. Barney likes this stage and has been runner up twice, so back him on the -1.5 handicap, which means the Dutchman has to beat Beaton 3-0 or 3-1 for a win.