Live Darts on Saturday: German Darts Masters 2017 Day Two preview and order of play

Anderson and Barney face off in Dusseldorf (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The seventh and final World Series event of the year heads for a gripping climax on Saturday as the remaining hopefuls battle to be crowned German Masters champion in Dusseldorf.

The cream rose to the top on Friday as seven of the eight seeds plus wildcard Mensur Suljovic safely progressed to the business end of the tournament.

An unmissable day of darts now sees the Quarter-Finals, Semis and Final take place across two sessions in front of a packed crowd at the Castello Arena.

The breaking news on Saturday morning saw Michael van Gerwen withdraw from the tournament due to an ankle injury which left him in visible discomfort during last night's win over Martin Schindler.

The world number one has been suffering with bursitis in his left ankle and has opted to pull out of his Quarter-Final tie with James Wade, meaning 'The Machine' receives a bye into the Semi-Finals.

Wade produced the stand-out performance of Round One as he defeated Kevin Munch 6-2 with a 101 average and 100 per cent on the doubles.

The multiple major winner has endured a difficult year on the oche but victory tonight could prove a real turning point in his campaign.

The pick of the ties features a first televised tussle between legendary 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor and the new kid on the block - Daryl Gurney.

Taylor is appearing in his last World Series event prior to retirement in December and marked his return to action with a 6-2 win over Croatia's Robert Marijanovic last night.

He now faces a tough test against the newly-crowed World Grand Prix champion - who ruthlessly whitewashed Maik Langendorf in his opener and will be brimming with confidence heading in to this clash.

Gurney finished runner-up in July's US Masters, while Taylor is bidding to claim his second World Series title of 2017 to add to his Melbourne Masters triumph.

Darting stalwarts Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld lock horns for the fourth time in World Series competition this year as The Flying Scotsman looks to record a third straight win over RVB since his 8-1 thrashing in Shanghai.

Anderson knocked out home hero Max Hopp in Round One, while Barney also overcame Stefan Stoyke 6-3 and both will be eyeing a marked improvement on their 90 average over the extended format.

Seeded number one, Anderson has already won the Dubai Masters and Perth Masters - denying Van Barneveld in the final of the latter - and will be out to remain in the running for a hat-trick of silverware.

World number three Peter Wright survived one match dart from Dragutin Horvat before squeezing through in a deciding leg last night to set up a show-down with Mensur Suljovic.

Wright has ten titles to his name in 2017 so far but is yet to lift a World Series trophy, a feat which is sure to be high on Snakebite's agenda.

Suljovic, winner of the Champions League last month, edged out his stablemate Kyle Anderson in a deciding leg on Friday and is out in search of a third straight victory over the colourful Scot in televised competition.

The action gets underway from 1pm BST at the Castello Arena in Dusseldorf, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and Final best of 21.

German Darts Masters 2017 Schedule


All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Saturday October 21

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright v Mensur Suljovic
Phil Taylor v Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
Anderson/Van Barneveld v Wright/Suljovic
James Wade v Taylor/Gurney

Final


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