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Peter Wright vs Jeffrey de Zwaan - 19:10
As the evening session kicks off on day 13 at the PDC World Championship, former World Championship finalist, Peter Wright takes on the flamboyant Dutchman, Jeffrey de Zwaan.
Peter Wright made it to the last 16 at the PDC World Championship for the first time in three attempts having defeated the Asian pairing of Noel Malicdem and Seigo Asada in his opening two matches at Alexandra Palace.
Wright’s average of 94.42 against Asada in round three is his lowest at the PDC World Championship since December 2011.
Snakebite boasts a good record in the last 16 at the PDC World Championship, with four consecutive victories at this particular stage of the even since losing to Phil Taylor at the same stage back in 2011.
Jeffrey de Zwaan produced an invigorating display, averaging over 106 as he ousted Dave Chisnall in a thrilling, high-intensity battle to reach the last 16 at the Ally Pally for the first time in his career.
De Zwaan’s level of performance wasn’t unexpected, let’s not forget - the Dutch ace recorded an identical average in his defeat to Rob Cross in the second round little over twelve months ago.
In terms of previus meetings between the pair, de Zwaan came out on top with a 6-4 victory when faced Snakebite in their only previous big stage encounter at the 2019 European Championship. The Dutchman averaging 101 on that particular occasion.
I expect there to be sets in this one, perhaps even a 4-3 score-line either way.
Chris Dobey vs Glen Durrant - 20:15
In a mouth-watering last 16 tie, three-time BDO World champion, Glen Durrant takes on Chris Dobey in an all-north-east battle at Alexandra Palace with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals for the very first time.
Dobey was made to work in a 4-2 victory over Fallon Sherrock in a high-quality display from the Bedlington man under severe scrutiny - with over 4,000 darts-crazed fans cheering on the history-making lady from Milton Keynes.
‘Hollywood’ averaged 101.09, firing in eleven maximums which capped off a professional display from the north-east thrower, who was full of admiration for Sherrock during his post-match celebrations on-stage.
In terms of his maximum-hitting potential, Dobey is right up there with the world’s best - hitting 18 maximums in his opening two victories at Alexandra Palace, only Nathan Aspinall has produced the same number of 180’s in a single match during this years event (11).
As for Durrant, the three-time world champion and two-time PDC ranking event winner has got off to a great start on his PDC World Championship debut - seeing off Australia’s Damon Heta 3-0 in his Ally Pally opener before ousting out two-time major winner, Daryl Gurney 4-2 in a fascinating match.
Durrant averaged 97.94 during the win over Gurney and in terms of his performance levels over the course of the year, Durrant’s been around the 96-97 region consistently with several ton-topping averages.
In terms of recent meetings, the pair have met twice this year, with Durrant emerging victorious on both occasions by a score-line of 6-4 in each of those wins on the European Tour and on the Players Championship series.
As the statistics suggest, I for one expect Dobey to pile in a mass amount of 180’s, Durrant’s consistent level of ton-plus scores will pressurise the Bedlington-based thrower, just edging this one, but my recommendation here is for Dobey to hit the most maximums in this contest.
Gerwyn Price vs Simon Whitlock - 21:30
As the last 16 draws to a close at Alexandra Palace, the reigning back-to-back Grand Slam of Darts champion, Gerwyn Price takes to the stage to take on Australian no.1, Simon Whitlock in which is a game that has all the key ingredients to be a real blockbuster.
Price made light work of Scotland’s John Henderson, running riot in a 4-0 rout of the big scot. Price averaged 109.56 in securing the opening set and defied an average of 111.81 in securing the second set - averaging an astounding 120.24. After throwing the kitchen sink at Price early doors, the scot just couldn’t live with the Iceman, who was on hand to freeze out his opponent.
During the win, Price averaged 104.2, with 46.15% on the outer ring - hitting seven maximums. Many predicted prior to the tournament, that we’re likely to see a Price-van Gerwen final, and it’s look ever more likely that we’ll see that pairing on January 1.
As for Whitlock, the Aussie produced a courageous fightback to see off Mervyn King in a comfortable 4-1 win in the end. King gave the Wizard early causes for concern, wrapping up the first five legs without reply as he looked set to move into a two-set lead, before Whitlock dug in deep to claw his way back as the finishing line moved ever closer.
Whitlock averaged 90.94 with 40% on the doubles, it wasn’t spectacular from the Wizard, he just produced the right shots at key moments in the piece to emerge victorious.
As far as maximum-hitting ability goes, the pair can produce 180’s with regularity. The pair have only struck 19 maximums between them at Ally Pally this year, but if the Aussie can really put up a fight, then this tie could have sets in it. I think plenty of 180s will be on the cards.