Live Darts on Sunday November 18: Grand Slam 2018 Semi-Finals preview and order of play

Anderson and MVG renew their rivalry (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2018 Grand Slam of Darts draws to an unmissable conclusion on Sunday as the final four bid to secure the prestigious trophy in Wolverhampton.

After a thrilling group phase and four days of knock-out action, 32 players have been whittled down to just four as they battle it out for the £110,000 top prize at the Aldersley Leisure Village.

Only four players have managed to get their hands on this trophy in the 11-year history of the cross-code tournament, one of whom remains odds-on favourite to do so again.

Michael van Gerwen is just two wins away from landing a record fourth consecutive Grand Slam crown but is unlikely to have things all his own way on finals day, as has been the case throughout the week.

Van Gerwen faces a mouth-watering Semi-Final show-down with rival Gary Anderson in the afternoon session as the box office duo collide for the seventh time in televised competition this year.

Van Gerwen was forced to settle for second spot in Group A before coming through a Last 16 thriller 10-8 against Michael Smith with a 108 average and following up with a hard-fought 16-12 win over a tenacious Jonny Clayton in the Quarter-Finals.

The world number one has already seen his unbeaten run in this competition ended by Clayton but will be determined to remain on course for a fourth dose of Grand Slam glory to claim his sixth televised title of the season.

Anderson, meanwhile, is looking to tear up the script and reach a first Grand Slam final since 2011 as he steps up his pursuit of a fifth televised triumph of 2018.

The UK Open and World Matchplay champion fell at the Semi-Final hurdle at the Wolves Civic 12 months ago after an agonising 16-15 loss to Peter Wright but has coasted into the Semis this week for the loss of just 12 legs.

Anderson came out on top in the last notable meeting between the two - a 10-9 victory in the Champions League of Darts - though MVG has won four of their six televised encounters this year.

The opening Semi-Final features two players entering uncharted waters in Wolverhampton as Mensur Suljovic takes on Gerwyn Price.

Neither player has ever made it this far in the elite cross-code major and now have a golden opportunity to move a step closer to a major title.

Suljovic, winner of the German Masters and runner-up in this year's World Matchplay, will be counting his lucky stars after progressing from the group stage with just two points, but has not looked back since, defeating Rob Cross 10-7 and Dimitri van den Bergh 16-9 to continue his charge.

Price has continued his sensational upturn in form, which stemmed from his victory at the International Open in September, by reaching his second consecutive televised Semi-Final.

The former UK Open finalist clinched top spot in Group F before defeating Josh Payne 10-5 and coming through a controversial clash with Simon Whitlock in an epic deciding leg in the Last Eight.

The outspoken Welshman will now look to let his darts do the talking against the unflappable Austrian - who was a three sets to two winner in their most recent meeting in the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix last month.

The action gets underway from 1pm and 7pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of 31 legs.

Grand Slam of Darts 2018 Match Schedule


Sunday November 18

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm)

Semi-Finals
Mensur Suljovic v Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)
Final


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Live Darts on Sunday November 18: Grand Slam 2018 Semi-Finals preview and order of play

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