World Series of Darts Finals: Barney, Van Gerwen contest quarters
Holly Thackeray | November 21, 2015
Quarter-finals: Barney and Van Gerwen in Dutch darting duel
- World Series of Darts Finals
- Sunday, November 22nd
- Quarter-finals begin: 12:45-17:00 GMT
- Braehead Arena, Glasgow
- Live on ITV4
Final day of darts in Glasgow
The first-ever World Series of Darts Finals can certainly be considered a success, as Coral oche experts look forward to a final day of arrowsmith encounters on Scottish soil.
Here we preview the quarter-final clashes, which begin at 12:45 GMT on ITV4, before considering who could go on to take the inaugural title, with the grand finale due to air on the same channel from 19:00 after a two-hour intermission.
So, don’t miss out on a Sunday schedule crammed with darting juggernauts, and read on to find out who we tip to triumph below…
James Wade v Peter Wright
Wade ruthlessly whitewashed Welsh youngster Jamie Lewis by six legs to nil to book a quarters contest with home hero Wright, who will undoubtedly have the vocal backing of his fervent fellow Scots in the crowd. These two have already tussled seven times this calendar year, meeting at this same stage in three of the World Series of Darts events in Oceania.
The Machine looked well-oiled in his opening outing on Saturday evening as the untroubled Englishman clocked-up a 103.66 average, the highest of the tournament so far, and also holds a dominant head-to-head record of 13 wins from 17 against Snakebite. Though, crucially in the Grand Slam of Darts, Wade showed he can crumble when the cards don’t fall his way.
Wily Wright, by comparison, took a short while to warm-up before beating bullish German teenager Max Hopp, but eventually emerged as a 6-3 victor. Throwing on home turf could prove key, so with both priced odds-on at 10/11 to triumph, it may be better to back Snakebite at 15/2 to edge his familiar foe 10-9.
Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen
Storm Barney has been brewing for some time and swept Mark Webster aside with ease in the second round. It was vintage from Van Barneveld and the Dutch darts legend is an intriguing outside shout at 25/1 to complete his recent revival by bagging this trophy.
There’s no small matter of a match against currently unplayable compatriot Van Gerwen up first though and Barney is 4/1 to beat the 6/4 tournament favourite.
With both on top form this should be a cracker, though it is still tough to see past prolific Mighty Mike, who gained revenge against recent Grand Prix of Darts conqueror Robert Thornton in his first fray, at 1/6 to ultimately clinch the spoils.
Stephen Bunting v Phil Taylor
The Bullet was in need of a morale-boosting victory, which he found after rallying to defeat Austrian arrowsmith Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 in his second round scuffle. Unfortunately awaiting Bunting, an unlikely 10/3 chance to reach the semis, next is tungsten titan Taylor, who overcame a feisty reception and Dave Chisnall to easily book his quarters spot.
Punters can back The Power at a fantastic 5/2 to add this first-time title to his extensive and unparalleled collection, or at 2/9 to steer past St Helens star Bunting, who has beaten Taylor just once in eight attempts. Having won six World Series of Darts events, including three in 2015, the world number three is a superb shout to go all the way.
Adrian Lewis v Terry Jenkins
The Bull incredibly upset the apple cart at Braehead Arena, barging his way past world champion and Glasgow fan favourite Anderson, scuppering the Scot’s chances of silverware on home soil by nabbing a dramatic final leg decider.
Plucky Jenkins’ hoodoo over The Flying Scotsman continues and the outsider’s luck is 2/1 to continue against Jackpot, who he shocked with 6-5 victory back in September. Lewis (2/5) overcame a potential banana skin of his own in Keegan Brown and should have too much quality overall, though with The Bull in form it could be a close clash.
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