Tom Beresford has a 5/1 double for a fantastic night of darts.
Michael van Gerwen vs Darius Labanauskas - 19:10
Kicking off the evening session in the quarter-final stage of the 2020 PDC World Championship, world no.1 takes on Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas. It’s the first time that a Lithuanian player has reached the last eight of the tournament and van Gerwen won’t be underestimating ‘Lucky D’ - that’s for sure.
Labanauskas booked his place in the last eight following an impressive 4-2 win over Steve Beaton. It was an amicable performance from the Lithuanian - averaging 94.25 and a checkout success rate of 46.67% capped off a professional job.
Prior to the win over Beaton, Labanauskas enjoyed wins over Matthew Edgar, Ian White and Max Hopp, which is no mean feat. As far as previous meetings with the world no.1 go, this is the first meeting between the pair with the odds massively stacked against the Lithuanian.
As for van Gerwen, the green machine has made a great start in the defence of his World Championship crown - seeing off Jelle Klaasen, Ricky Evans and Stephen Bunting en route to the last eight. Two out of those three victories have been won in straight sets with Evans and Bunting the victims on that particular occasion.
Van Gerwen boasts a tournament average of 98.72, the second highest behind Luke Humphries. Van Gerwen’s overall checkout success rate is also impressive (44.87%) along with 18 maximums.
In comparison, van Gerwen’s maximum-hitting ability is superior to Labanauskas’ - with six more 180’s to his name despite playing one match less. During van Gerwen’s 4-0 win over Ricky Evans in round three, the green machine fired in ten maximums and if Labanauskas can take a set or two off the world no.1 one, then we could well see over 12.5 maximums struck.
Gerwyn Price vs Glen Durrant - 20:30
In mouth-watering end to the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace, three-time Lakeside world champion, Glen Durrant takes to the stage to take on the two-time reigning Grand Slam of Darts champion, Gerwyn Price.
For Durrant, it’s been a dream debut year since joining the PDC ranks in January - winning two pro-tour titles and reaching the semi-finals at the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and the Grand Slam of Darts. Could Durrant make it to his fourth PDC major semi-final?
‘Duzza’ edged out Chris Dobey in a stern north-east battle in the previous round, defeating the Bedlington ace 4-3. Durrant held his nerve defiantly to take the deciding set 3-0, showing that real teesside steel when it matters.
As for Price, the Welsh no.1 fended off a late surge from Simon Whitlock to book his place in the last eight. Price averaged 92.47 with 37.5% on the outer ring compared to Durrant’s 94.16 average and 39.47% checkout success.
As far as head-to-head meetings are concerned, Price leads 5-3 - winning two out of their last three meetings, although Durrant won their latest meeting at a Players Championship event in Dublin.
Although the Welshman is in the form of his life at present, Durrant will feel the more comfortable in the set-play format - winning three world titles on-the-spin and the Teesside just holds it together immeasurably. This tungsten toss-up could potentially got the distance with Durrant just edging it and moving into yet another PDC major semi-final.