2017 PDC Worlds quarters preview: Barney renews Taylor rivalry, Wade tackles Wright
Holly Thackeray | 31 December 2016
2017 PDC World Championship
- Quarter-finals, day 13
- Friday, December 30th
- First session starts: 13:00 GMT
- Second session starts: 19:00 GMT
- Alexandra Palace, London
- Live on Sky Sports Darts (3)
Battle of the tungsten titans as Barney takes on Taylor
There have been sparks both on and off the oche so far in the riveting 2017 PDC World Championship, and punters should expect the Ally Pally to be rocking on day 13 as Friday features show-stopping frays between big names and seeded stars.
There’s a thrilling lunchtime fixture between foes James Wade and Peter Wright to kick the quarter-finals off in style, while reigning world champ Gary Anderson faces a showdown with maximums man Dave Chisnall.
As if that wasn’t enough to tease your tungsten tastebuds, world number one Michael van Gerwen grapples with underdog Daryl Gurney before a headline battle between darting greats and long-time rivals Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor caps off this awesome evening of arrow action.
As Barney himself has stated, it is El Clasico of darts!
— Raymond v Barneveld (@Raybar180) December 29, 2016
Read on for our 2017 PDC Worlds quarters preview and hold onto your hats….
James Wade v Peter WrightCan Wade regain his edge over Wright? The Machine (a 2/1 chance for victory) still holds a head-to-head advantage of 14 wins to nine over Snakebite (the 2/5 favourite) but is unfancied to see off the Scot after losing five of their past six scuffles.
Amazingly, the British darts duo have never clashed in this competition before, but recent defeats to dominant Wright in the Players Championship Finals and European Darts Grand Prix must be fresh in Wade’s mind.
The Machine eased through the first two rounds at the Ally Pally without ever hitting top gear, before squeezing past Michael Smith 4-3 last time out. Snakebite’s path was arguably easier, but the oche entertainer has clocked up over a 101 average in all of his three outings so far, making him a tempting 7/2 in a match special to win, hit 10+ 180s and checkout 128+.
Gary Anderson v Dave ChisnallNext up, Chisnall (10/3) has the daunting task of dethroning successive world champion Anderson (2/9) on the Alexandra Palace oche he knows so well.
Chizzy can take confidence from ending a run of six consecutive losses to the Flying Scotsman last time they duelled in the Perth Masters quarters. But, the second seed has put in seamless performances so far this tournament, notching an average of 107.68 as he beat Benito van de Pas 4-2 to reach the last eight.
Punters can grab odds of 9/2 for Anderson to prevail 5-3, or a more neutral 11/8 just for there to be over 7.5 sets in this match-up.
Michael van Gerwen v Daryl GurneyMighty Mike is a huge 1/33 favourite to take out Gurney in the last eight, though there is some slim hope for the Northern Irishman as the darting juggernaut has shown a tendency to wobble when competing for the Sid Waddell trophy.
SuperChin will need the crowd on his side this time if he is to put a chink in MvG’s armour, though the Derry dartsman has struck gold against the former world champ twice before from eight attempts, including their last collision.
Those successes did not arrive on such a big stage, however, and Van Gerwen was back to his best last time out when shaking off Darren Webster 4-1, so is an appealing throwcast price of 7/4 for victory by either his favoured double 16 or double 8.
Raymond van Barneveld v Phil TaylorDarts legend Taylor is an understandable 1/2 to win this familiar fixture, a clash that defines the rise of PDC darts, as The Power boasts an impressive 56-16 winning record across his career clashes with esteemed arrow peer Van Barneveld.
The pair of former world champs have been responsible for some classic clashes in this competition, with Taylor having triumphed in most but Barney responsible for a big shock back in 2007 when he knocked The Power off his perch.
Potter Taylor has prevailed in all of the duo’s past three dust-ups but, in matches such as this, history can often go out of the window, and the all-time great has shown he can be flustered at the Ally Pally.
On present form Barney therefore looks the best bet to back for victory at 13/8 having come through an arguably tougher path to the quarters, knocking out big scalps Adrian Lewis, Alan Norris and Robbie Green along the way.