Top seed Glen Durrant steps up his pursuit of a maiden Lakeside title as the tournament reaches the Quarter-Final phase on Friday, while the likes of Scott Waites and Martin Adams also aim to remain in the running.
Red hot title favourite Durrant pulled off a remarkable comeback from three sets and two legs down to edge out Paul Hogan in Round Two and admitted he believes his name could be on the trophy.
The two-time World Masters champion will be targeting a much more comfortable passage into a second Lakeside Semi-Final at the expense of Lithuania's Darius Labanauskas.
Labanauskas has battled past Conan Whitehead and Krzysztof Ratajski to seal his place in the Last Eight of this historic competition for the first time in his career and continues to fly the flag for his minnow darting nation.
BDO stalwart Adams, meanwhile, continues his hunt for Lakeside title number four when he comes up against fourth seed Jamie Hughes.
Martin 'Wolfie' Adams celebrates victory (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
The 60-year-old avenged last year's shock exit to Jeff Smith by brushing aside the 2016 runner-up in the last round and will be keen to roll back the years once again over this extended format.
Hughes is bidding to make it back-to-back Semi-Final appearances at Lakeside, having seen off Martin Atkins and Jim Williams for the loss of just two sets so far despite failing to hit top gear.
Reigning and two-time Lakeside king Waites resumes the defence of his crown with a clash against in-form Dutchman Danny Noppert.
Waites battled back from a set down to defeat Dennis Harbour in Round One before recovering from 2-0 down to defeat Mark McGeeney 4-2 on Thursday and will be eyeing a much more efficient start this time around.
The Yorkshireman, though, will be braced for a tough test from the highly-rated debutant - who boasts a solid tournament average of 94.55 after defeating David Cameron and compatriot Richard Veenstra.
Belgium's Geert de Vos marks his first appearance in a Lakeside Quarter-Final with a tie against seasoned campaigner Darryl Fitton in what promises to be another close-run contest.
De Vos has produced impressive displays to see off Raymond Smith and second seed Scott Mitchell and now aims to defy the crowd favourite and continue his ground-breaking run in Frimley Green.
Fitton, the reigning World Trophy winner, has conceded just one set in victories over Wouter Vaes and Pip Blackwell en route to his seventh Lakeside Quarter-Final, though he has fallen at this hurdle on five occasions.
The opening Ladies Semi-Final sees two-time World Champion Lisa Ashton taking on Holland's Aileen de Graaf - who dethroned ten-time champion Trina Gulliver in the Quarter-Finals.
Three-time champion Anastasia Dobromyslova of Russia aims to put an end to the ground-breaking run of Australia's Corrine Hammond when they meet in the evening session.
The action gets underway from 12.30pm GMT, with all men's matches to be contested over the best of nine sets (best of five legs per set) and ladies matches best of three sets.
BDO Lakeside Championship 2017 match schedule
Friday January 13
12.30pm Geert de Vos v Darryl Fitton
2pm Lisa Ashton v Aileen de Graaf (SF)
3pm Martin Adams v Jamie Hughes
7pm Anastasia Dobromyslova v Corrine Hammond
8pm Glen Durrant v Darius Labanauskas
9.30pm Scott Waites v Danny Noppert