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Youthful and PDC-only line-up left in Grand Slam of Darts

| 15.11.2014
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Following an exiting start to the nine-day Grand Slam of Darts competition, which has already produced two 170 checkouts (from Robbie Green and James Wade), Coral now preview the remaining eight stars.

There is a very youthful line-up left in the quarter-finals, with Michael van Gerwen, Stephen Bunting, Michael Smith, Kim Huybrechts and surprise package Keegan Brown all under the age of 30.

No BDO participants remain, as Alan Norris and former PDC player Green exited in the second round. Here, we preview of the eight fixtures that take place across Friday and Saturday.

Dave Chisnall v Keegan Brown
Brown, who is named after former England international footballer Kevin Keegan, could well be a future star, having beaten darting giants Adrian Lewis and 2012 winner Raymond van Barneveld to get to this stage.

The World Youth champion faces a man he has never beaten before in three attempts, though, in Chisnall, who thrashed him 5-1 in the group stage this year. Brown is a 6/4 chance to cause another upset here, but Chisnall is odds-on at 8/15 in this first to 16 match-up.

Michael van Gerwen v Kim Huybrechts
World number one and top seed Van Gerwen (tournament 13/8 second-favourite) only just has a winning record against his upcoming Belgian opponent (8-6), and has lost two of his last three against him.

Huybrechts, therefore, is a tempting 4/1 chance to beat Mighty Mike again, with the latter, who won their battle in Group A, odds-on at 1/6.

Mervyn King v Stephen Bunting
Their only previous meeting was in 2004 in the BDO, with King the victor, but Bunting, who recently switched over to the PDC, is a superstar in the making. He top a tough Group H, featuring Gary Anderson and Dean Winstanley, and knocked out James Wade in a thrilling second round encounter.

Third seed Bunting (11/2 to win the Grand Slam) is the odds-on favourite at 4/11, with King priced at 21/10.

Phil Taylor v Michael Smith
The final quarter-final match-up is between five-time champion of this tournament Taylor and another rising star Smith.

Unsurprisingly, the Power (6/4 Grand Slam favourite), has a winning record against 24-year-old Smith (8-2), and is heavily odds-on at 1/5 to beat him. Smith is a 7/2 chance.

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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.