Live Darts on Sunday November 25: Players Championship Finals 2018 Day Three preview and order of play

Anderson and Clayton face off (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2018 Players Championship Finals is set for a fascinating climax on Sunday as the eight remaining hopefuls battle it out for the title in Minehead.

The penultimate major of the season saw the top 64 from the Players Championship Order of Merit start out on Friday, now just eight remain in the running for the £100,000 top prize.

Michael van Gerwen has extended his unbeaten run in this competition to 20 matches and looks to remain the front-runner for a fourth consecutive crown by overcoming Steve Lennon.

Van Gerwen, who first lifted this trophy in 2013, has dropped a mere six legs en route to the Quarter-Finals, brushing aside Matthew Edgar, Keegan Brown and Stephen Burton with averages of 102.7, 106 and 104.

The world number one, seeded number three this weekend, has won all six of his previous meetings with Lennon and will be out to dampen the Irishman's 25th birthday celebrations.

Lennon has continued his meteoric rise in the PDC ranks and finds himself in a first major Quarter-Final, having dispatched Ryan Joyce, Cristo Reyes and Gabriel Clemens, but faces a huge uphill task over the long format if he is to register his first win over the green machine.

The afternoon's opening Last Eight tie sees world number five Daryl Gurney take on in-form underdog Chris Dobey.

Gurney is bidding to equal his breakthrough run to the Semi-Finals here in 2015 and has recaptured the form which led him to the Semis of last month's World Grand Prix in his title defending tournament.

The Premier League star began with a 6-3 win over Robert Thornton before edging out Ryan Searle 6-5 and overcoming compatriot Brendan Dolan 10-6 on Stage Two last night.

Dobey is through to only his second major Quarter-Final, two years on from his breakthrough run at the Grand Slam, having firstly seen off Ron Meulenkamp before knocking out two of the top ten seeds in Dave Chisnall and James Wade.

The Bedlington ace held his nerve to deny Wade in a last-leg decider on the Main Stage and will be quietly confident of taking another scalp on current form.

Gary Anderson, the 2014 Players Champion, steps up his pursuit of a fourth major title of the season when he faces dark horse Jonny Clayton.

Anderson, the reigning UK Open, World Matchplay and Champions League winner, has bounced back from last weekend's defeat in the Grand Slam final by storming into the latter stages at Butlins Minehead for the loss of just five legs.

The world number four has swept aside Alan Tabern, Simon Whitlock and Joe Cullen with averages of 107, 105.5 and 100.5 and now bids to extend his dominant record over Clayton.

Clayton, last year's beaten finalist, has continued his unlikely love affair with this competition and has already enjoyed a historic weekend which has seen him break into the world's top 16 for the first time.

The tenacious Welshman has kicked on from his eye-catching Grand Slam campaign last week by seeing off Mark Webster, Michael Smith and Ricky Evans and is now eyeing only a second win over the Scot in eight attempts.

Two players to have featured in a Lakeside world final go head-to-head as 2014 BDO king Stephen Bunting faces 2017 runner-up Danny Noppert.

Bunting, who reached the knock-out stages of last week's Grand Slam as group winner, has continued his sublime upturn in form and believes he is now playing the best darts of his career to date.

The Bullet is appearing in his first major Quarter-Final since the 2015 UK Open at this venue and has overcome demons both on and off the oche to move back in the right direction.

Noppert, meanwhile, has won through to his first televised Quarter-Final as a PDC player, kicking on from his landmark Players Championship 20 triumph in September.

The Dutch ace has defeated Rowby-John Rodriguez, Mervyn King and Krzysztof Ratajski en route to the Last Eight and now steps out onto the Main Stage for the first time.

The Semi-Finals and final will follow in the evening session, as well as the World Youth Championship final between Dimitri van den Bergh and Martin Schindler.

Belgian ace Van den Bergh is bidding to become the first player to successfully retain the title, while Schindler is looking to emulate his fellow German Max Hopp - who won this title in 2015.

The action gets underway from 12.45pm GMT, with Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and final best of 21 legs.

The World Youth Championship final will be held between the second Semi-Final and final in the evening and will be contested over the best of 11 legs.

Players Championship Finals 2018 Schedule

Sunday November 25

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Daryl Gurney v Chris Dobey
Danny Noppert v Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen v Steve Lennon

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)

Gurney/Dobey v Noppert/Bunting
Anderson/Clayton v Van Gerwen/Lennon


Plus PDC World Youth Championship Final
Martin Schindler v Dimitri Van den Bergh

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