The quarter-final line-up for the 2018 PDC World Championship is complete. I look at each match below:
Jamie Lewis V Darren Webster
An unexpected quarter-final, but both players have played well. Lewis put in an outstanding performance to beat Peter Wright in Round 2, with darts that would have been beaten anyone (with the possible exception of an in-form MVG). If he can produce the same again, he will go through to the semi-final. However, I don’t think he will and reckon that Webster will win by a couple of sets.
Dimitri van den Bergh V Rob Cross
Another unlikely quarter-final as can den Bergh has played well to get this far. Unfortunately for him, I think his tournament stops here as he runs into one of 2017’s best players in Rob Cross. I think Cross will win quite comfortably by three sets.
Michael van Gerwen V Raymond van Barneveld
The two leading Dutch players meet again in the match of the quarter-final. If it’s anything like their clash last year, we’re in for a treat. MVG has already identified his target as beating the number of world titles won by Barney, who often seems to cause him problems in games between the two. MVG has achieved a lot in the game, but has yet to win back-to-back world titles. He has looked very focused on achieving this in previous matches and I think he will beat Barney by a couple of sets.
Phil Taylor V Gary Anderson
Will Anderson be the man to end Taylor’s career? Taylor has looked very good at times in the tournament and is playing knowing that he has three matches now (at the most) left in his career. Anderson has acknowledged this has not been his best season. I think this will be a classic and go down to a final set, that Taylor will pinch.
Leave a comment with who you think will progress to the semi-finals.