Grand Slam of Darts quarters: Van Gerwen grapples with Huybrechts

Holly Thackeray | November 13, 2015

Quarter-finals: First half of draw

  • Grand Slam of Darts
  • Saturday, November 14th
  • Play begins: 19:00-22:00 GMT
  • Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Unstoppable Van Gerwen, underdog Huybrechts, upstart Smith and passionate Lewis in action

So far the Grand Slam of darts has brought viewers shocks exits, surprise star performers, rising hopes and thrilling final leg deciders in spades. There can be no better way to spend Saturday night, then, than by watching the last two quarter-final fixtures, where much more darting drama awaits.

The four fantastic arrowsmiths on show here are more than deserving of their respective last eight spots, as world number one Michael van Gerwen pummeled past a heroic Steve Beaton 10-2 in his second round scuffle and Kim Huybrechts left it down to the wire to defeat BDO fan favourite Martin Adams. While, young-gun Michael Smith upset Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis sank Peter Wright.

So, there is guaranteed to be more majestic darting magic in-store on Saturday, and official betting partners Coral preview the action ahead…

Michael van Gerwen v Kim Huybrechts

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Mighty Mike (overwhelming 1/6 favourite) may not have won fans’ hearts in his last dust-up against Beaton but, after smashing his way to 10 legs, looks a truly formidable force and is understandably now 5/6 to claim this one major PDC crown that has so far eluded him.

Of course, in-form Van Gerwen notably drubbed The Hurricane 5-1 back in the group stages, and also edges previous head-to-head battles against his Belgian counterpart with 12 victories to eight.

Yet, Huybrechts has hit his upcoming opponent for six at this stage of the Grand Slam before, crucially dumping the Dutch prodigy out in the 2014 quarters. Should The Hurricane pounce on any slips of concentration by menacing Mighty Mike again, the intimidating oche star could come to rue a poor final group victory against Steve West, which allowed his upcoming opponent to qualify.

So, Huybrechts will have to come out all-guns-blazing after how quickly the deadly Dutch master got off the mark against the Bronzed Adonis, but is still a long shot at 4/1 to reach the semis.

Adrian Lewis v Michael Smith

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There could well be another eyebrow-raising result from this clash, where surprise package Smith is fantastically priced at 11/8 to see off Jackpot (1/4), who can be accused of rather riding his luck so far in Wolverhampton.

Bully Boy, meanwhile, has seen his stock rise dramatically and has so far lived up to his nickname, after emerging from Group C unscathed with a perfect pool record, including an excellent effort to defeat Lewis already.

Chizzy was the last to fall to this emerging 25-year-old talent, and Jackpot has been just as inconsistent as his compatriot, so could crumble again here in the face of Smith’s evident oche confidence. Bully Boy, who has triumphed in six of nine past battles with Jackpot, is therefore tempting at 11/1 to win by a 16-15 scoreline against an opponent he certainly has the measure of.


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Coral’s top tip: With Smith pitted against Lewis once more, Bully Boy’s tremendous record against Jackpot makes him great value at 11/8 to win again