Live Darts on Sunday October 28: European Championship 2018 Day Four preview and order of play


Gerwyn Price celebrates (credit:Kelly Deckers/PDC)

The 2018 European Championship concludes over two unmissable sessions in Dortmund on Sunday as the eight remaining hopefuls battle to be crowned champion.

The early exits of a number of top-ranked stars, including reigning champion Michael van Gerwen, second seed Mensur Suljovic and Peter Wright has paved the way for the distinct possibility of a new name being etched onto this prestigious trophy.

Of the remaining eight players, only Simon Whitlock has ever managed to win this title, while only three men have ever claimed a PDC major title.

Whitlock, who took glory in 2012 and also reached the final a year later, looks to rekindle his love affair with this competition by overcoming giant-killer Steve West in the opening Quarter-Final.

Whitlock is appearing in his fifth televised Quarter-Final of the year, having seen off Steve Beaton 6-3 with a 101 average and dumped out world number two Wright 10-6 despite an average of just 89.

The Australian ace last reached a major final at the World Grand Prix 12 months ago, losing out to Daryl Gurney and will be desperate to end his six-year drought at the same event he triumphed in in Mulheim.

West, meanwhile, has progressed through to only his second PDC major Quarter-Final, following on from March's UK Open after edging out Mervyn King in a dramatic decider before going on to stun MVG with a 10-7 scalp in Round Two.

West has won just one of his six previous meetings with 'The Wizard', though this will be their first encounter in front of the TV cameras.

All eyes will be on home favourite Max Hopp as he aims to raise the roof at the Westfalenhallen once again by dispatching Darren Webster.

Hopp has already made history by becoming the first German player to reach the Quarter-Finals of a PDC major, but will not be content for his run to end here.

The 22-year-old followed up his First Round rout of William O'Connor with a 10-7 victory over James Wilson which hinged on a stunning 156 checkout, and the youngster will again have the full backing of a partisan 7,000-strong Dortmund crowd.

Webster continues to go from strength-to-strength at the age of 50 after winning through to his sixth major Quarter-Final - a third in the space of 12 months.

The Norwich ace, who is enjoying his highest ever ranking position (13) has come through two nail-biting last-leg deciders en route to the Last Eight - denying Stephen Bunting 6-5 and Cristo Reyes 10-9 to remain in the running for a fairy-tale triumph.

James Wade, the most decorated player remaining in the field, steps up his quest for an eighth major title when he takes on Gerwyn Price.

Wade, whose most recent televised title came at the 2014 Masters, has enjoyed a memorable fortnight both on and off the oche, welcoming the birth of his first child and returning to form on the big stage.

The number six seed brushed aside Martin Schindler 6-3 before powering past Ricky Evans 10-5 but can expect his first significant test from a player renowned for wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Price finds himself in a third major Quarter-Final of the season following a 6-4 win over Kyle Anderson and a commanding 10-5 defeat of Dave Chisnall.

The former UK Open finalist is hunting down a first major title to propel him into the world's top eight and continue his remarkable rise since securing a Tour Card as a virtual unknown in 2014.

World Champion Rob Cross remains the 9/5 favourite with title sponsors Unibet to add to claim a first major title since his Ally Pally fairy-tale but faces a tricky Quarter-Final clash with a hungry Joe Cullen.

Cross has dropped just six legs en route to the latter stages, coming from behind to deny Danny Noppert 6-4 before thrashing Richard North 10-2.

The world number three, who claimed the Brisbane Masters title in August, will be determined to silence the doubters by adding to his major title tally at a crucial stage of the season.
 
Cullen, meanwhile, is through to his second major Quarter-Final in the space of three months and only the third of his career, having also conceded just six legs in seeing off Jelle Klaasen and Michael Smith.

The Bradford ace, now firmly established among the world's top 16, is now out to take the next step and book his place in a first major Semi-Final - where either Whitlock or West await in the evening session.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and the Semi-Finals and Final best of 21.


Unibet European Championship 2018 Schedule


All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Sunday October 29

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-4pm)

Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock v Steve West
Rob Cross v Joe Cullen
Darren Webster v Max Hopp
James Wade v Gerwyn Price
 
Evening Session (7pm-10pm)

Semi-Finals
Whitlock/West v Cross/Cullen
Webster/Hopp v Wade/Price

Final


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