Live Darts on Thursday October 4: World Grand Prix 2018 Day Five preview and order of play


Gurney looks to do to the double over Anderson (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

It’s crunch time at the 2018 World Grand Prix on Thursday as the eight remaining hopefuls battle to keep their title dreams alive in Dublin.

Despite the notorious unpredictability of the double-start format, the cream has risen to the top at the Citywest this week, with six of the world's top eight players still in the running for glory.

Five of the eight Second Round ties were won in straight sets, while there have been just five last-set deciders in 24 matches contested so far.

The format remains relatively short for the Quarter-Finals (best of five sets) and a clutch of in-form underdogs will be out to defy the odds and reach Friday's Semis.

The pick of the Quarter-Final ties sees man of the moment Gary Anderson take on defending champion Daryl Gurney.

Anderson is bidding for back-to-back major titles following his Champions League triumph in Brighton and what would be a fifth TV title of a superb year of success for the Scot.

Runner-up here in 2016, Anderson has cruised into the latter stages this week, dropping a combined total of just two legs in straight sets wins over Jonny Clayton and Jeffrey de Zwaan.

The reigning UK Open and World Matchplay champion was beaten 10-8 by Gurney in the group stage of the Champions League and has won just one of their last six meetings.

Gurney is looking to become only the second player ever to successfully retain this title (after Phil Taylor) but has hit work cut out in a formidable top half of the draw.

The world number five brushed aside John Henderson in Round One before fending off a fightback from Ron Meulenkamp to edge through in a last-set decider on Tuesday.

Gurney is appearing in his first major ranking Quarter-Final since last November's Players Championship Finals and will be hopeful of extending his love affair with this competition.

Michael van Gerwen, meanwhile, aims to keep his side of the bargain in setting up a potential Semi-Final grudge clash with Anderson by overcoming Dave Chisnall.

Van Gerwen, a three-time Grand Prix champion, ignited his career with victory here six years ago and has gone on to become the dominant force in world darts ever since.

He has dropped just one leg in seeing off Steve Lennon and Darren Webster en route to this stage and the head-to-head stats make for ominous reading for Chizzy.

Van Gerwen is unbeaten in his last 21 meeting with the St Helens ace in all competitions, with their most recent encounter resulting in a 10-2 rout for the Dutchman in the Champions League.

Chisnall, the 2013 runner-up, has returned to form with impressive straight sets wins over Max Hopp and Raymond van Barneveld to reach his second major Quarter-Final of the season but knows he must raise his game significantly if he is to stop the rot against the green machine.

The opening tie of the evening sees world number six Mensur Suljovic up against former UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price.

Both players have tasted victory on the European Tour this year, with Suljovic winning the Danish Open and Price recently claiming International Open glory, though they also made up the bottom two in this year's Premier League on debut.

Suljovic is in pursuit of a third Grand Prix Semi-Final in his last four appearances at the Citywest, having dispatched James Wade and Ian White 2-0 and 3-0 respectively thanks to some clutch finishing.

Price finds himself in the Last Eight in Dublin for the first time after defeating Danny Noppert and Steve Beaton, and 'The Ice Man' has the upper-hand in the overall head-to-heads, having won eight of their previous 11 meetings.

Elsewhere, world number two Peter Wright looks to break new ground at the Grand Prix when he takes on dark horse James Wilson.

Wright has never been beyond the Quarter-Final stage on the Emerald Isle but has looked in fine fettle so far this week, averaging 98 in a 2-0 win over Steve West before sweeping past Jermaine Wattimena 3-0 for the loss of just two legs.

Runner-up in the Champions League, 'Snakebite' is one of the most consistent performers in front of the TV cameras this year, reaching three finals plus a further six Semi-Finals.

In contrast, Wilson is through to only his second televised Quarter-Final since joining the PDC in 2015 but has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2018, notably reaching the final of the German Championship last month.

The charismatic Yorkshireman came from a set down to defeat Simon Whitlock in Round One before digging deep to seal a tense 3-2 victory over Adrian Lewis late on Wednesday night.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with matches to be contested over the best of five sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and here will be no tie-break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.


Unibet World Grand Prix 2018 Schedule


Thursday October 4 

Quarter-Finals

7.15pm Mensur Suljovic v Gerwyn Price
8.15pm Peter Wright v James Wilson
9.15pm Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney
10.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall


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