Live Darts on Saturday October 27: European Championship 2018 Day Three preview and order of play


Wade aims to shrug off Evans (credit:Kelly Deckers/PDC)

Four more Quarter-Final places are up for grabs at the 2018 European Championship on Saturday as a clutch of in-form outsiders look to seize their chance in Dortmund.

The tournament has been blown wide open in both halves of the draw following the shock departures of defending champion Michael van Gerwen and second seed Mensur Suljovic - who bowed out on Friday alongside the likes of Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney and Adrian Lewis.

Only three PDC major winners remain standing in the competition, while only Simon Whitlock has managed to get his hands on the trophy previously.

James Wade, a winner of seven PDC major titles, steps up his quest for glory at the Westfalenhallen with a clash against 'Rapid' Ricky Evans.

Wade, whose most recent televised title came at the 2014 Masters, is now favourite to progress through the bottom half the draw and is presented with a golden opportunity to get back among the major silverware.

The left-hander, who became a father for the first time a fortnight ago, defied a partisan home crowd to see off Martin Schindler 6-3 in Round One and now faces an opponent who is entering uncharted waters.

Evans is enjoying the best spell of his career to date, following on from his run to the final of last month's Dutch Championship by dumping out Daryl Gurney 6-4 to reach the Last 16 of a TV major for the first time.

The Kettering ace, who is the lowest-ranked player remaining in the field (45) will now look to raise his game accordingly over the extended format and pull off another significant scalp.

The opening tie of the evening sees two former major finalists lock horns as Dave Chisnall takes on Gerwyn Price.

In the absence of a number of his key rivals, Chisnall, who has lost in five televised finals, may feel this could present his best ever chance to finally get his hands on a major trophy.

The St Helens star produced a spectacular 157 checkout in the deciding leg to deny Adrian Lewis on Friday and victory over 'The Ice Man' would see him reach a third consecutive major ranking Quarter-Final.

International Open champion Price defied a 101 average from Kyle Anderson to close out an impressive 6-4 win and the number three seed is now looking to avoid a third straight exit at this stage of the European Championship.

World number 13 Darren Webster aims to secure a place in a sixth major Quarter-Final at the expense of a resurgent Cristo Reyes.

Webster, a World Championship and World Matchplay quarter-finalist, held his nerve to edge out Stephen Bunting 6-5 with a 99 average in Round One and will be quietly confident that he may be on the cusp of something special this weekend.

The Norwich thrower has won his two previous meetings with Reyes in European Tour and ProTour competition this season.

Reyes ended a run of five consecutive First Round exits in major ranking competition with a shock 6-3 scalp of Mensur Suljovic on Friday and will hope to use that upset as a catalyst to getting his season back on track.

The Spaniard has failed to progress beyond the Last 16 of any tournament in a frustrating season and is battling to retain his place in the world's top 32. 

Home hero Max Hopp gets set to raise the roof in front of a packed Dortmund crowd when he steps out to face James Wilson in the final match of the night.

Hopp once again carries the hopes of a nation on his shoulders as he bids to become the first German ever to win a PDC major title, following on from his landmark European Tour triumph earlier this year.

The 22-year-old was embroiled in a highly-charged affair with William O'Connor in Round One but breezed through 6-1 with some help from a partisan crowd.

Hopp has never reached a televised Quarter-Final outside of the World Cup of Darts and faces a tough test against an in-form opponent capable of producing big averages.

Wilson has hit form in the second half of the season, reaching the final of the German Championship and the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix to climb to a career-high ranking of 26.

Wilson landed six 180s in his 6-2 win over Jonny Clayton in Round One, more than any other player, and will look to utilise that clinical scoring power against the home favourite.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.

Unibet European Championship 2018 Schedule


All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Saturday October 28

Second Round

7.15pm Gerwyn Price v Dave Chisnall
8.15pm Cristo Reyes v Darren Webster
9.15pm James Wade v Ricky Evans
10.15pm Max Hopp v James Wilson


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