Live Darts on Friday July 27: World Matchplay 2018 Day Seven preview and order of play

Whitlock and Wright go head-to-head (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The Semi-Final line-up will be completed at the 2018 World Matchplay on Friday as three of the world’s top seven players and an determined Demolition Man do battle in Blackpool.

One of the most memorable BetVictor World Matchplays in living memory continued on Thursday night as Gary Anderson landed a magical nine-darter on the way to a pulsating 19-17 victory over Joe Cullen, while debutant Jeffrey de Zwaan powered past Dave Chisnall.

A new name is already guaranteed to be etched onto this famous trophy come Sunday evening and the four players involved in Friday's second batch of Quarter-Finals will all feel they have what it takes to go the distance.

The opening match of the night sees number six seed Mensur Suljovic up against world number 14 Darren Webster.

Suljovic has stormed into his third Matchplay Quarter-Final in the space of four years to remain in hot pursuit of a third televised title in the space of ten months.

The Austrian ace, winner of the Champions League of Darts and German Masters, began his run with a 10-6 win over Steve Beaton before seeing off Ian White 11-7 with a solid 97.2 average.

Suljovic has won four of his previous five meetings with Webster, including a 6-5 triumph in last month's Danish Open - which he went on to win.

Webster has mounted a charge to his second successive World Matchplay Quarter-Final and is out to break new ground in Blackpool to mark what would be his joint best run in a televised tournament.

Semi-finalist in the 2016 Players Championship Finals, Webster finds himself in his highest ever ranking position (14) and with the power to add this week.

The Norwich ace, who turned 50 last month, dispatched debutant Steve Lennon 10-6 in Round One before pulling off a shock scalp of World Champion Rob Cross with an 11-8 success in the Last 16.

The second tie of the evening features a fascinating tussles between Premier League stars Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock.

Wright steps up his quest to go one step further than last year's runner-up spot and will be keen to pick up from where he left off in the Second Round on Wednesday.

The colourful Scot recorded the highest average of the tournament so far (105.6) in an 11-5 rout of Kim Huybrechts to follow up his routine First Round win over Jelle Klaasen.

The world number two is vying for his second major title to add to the 2017 UK Open and victory over 'The Wizard' would see him through to a first major Semi-Final since last November's Grand Slam of Darts.

Whitlock is appearing in his first Matchplay Quarter-Final since 2014, when he went on to reach the Semis, and the dangerous Australian has flown somewhat under the radar so far this week.

He opened up with a 10-2 thrashing of debutant Richard North before overcoming James Wade 11-7 but if current form is anything to go, he will require a marked improvement if he is to match 'Snakebite' after averaging 11 points less than the Scot in the last round.

Wright has won 12 of their 20 previous meetings, claiming a win and a draw from their Premier League encounters earlier in the season, while their first ever meeting came in this very event back in 2011, with Whitlock prevailing 10-7 in Round One.

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

Matches will proceed for a maximum of five additional legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a Quarter-Final match, if the score reaches 15–15 then the 37th leg will be the decider.

BetVictor World Matchplay 2018 Schedule


Friday July 27

Quarter-Finals

7.15pm Mensur Suljovic v Darren Webster
8.45pm Peter Wright v Simon Whitlock



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Live Darts on Friday July 27: World Matchplay 2018 Day Seven preview and order of play

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