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Eight players. Four matches. Two days. Two cracking quick pick doubles, and one fantastic four-fold accumulator.
The PDC World Darts Championship has reached the quarter-finals stage, and for the first two days of the new year, London's Alexandra Palace will erupt into an all-singing, all-dancing feast of arrers, alcohol and amazing entertainment.
Thursday evening quick pick double - 4/9
New Year's Day sees the first two matches of the last eight, and first up to the oche are Mervyn King and Barrie Bates. After white-washing qualifier Shi Yongsheng, The King has played two decent players in Mark Walsh and Dennis Smith - and has brushed them both aside with ease. For that reason, he's been made the 2/7 favourite in the betting. Batesy, on the other hand, has played well over the last few days, but against no-one of any real standard, so he's the 5/2 outsider. You could argue that Mark Dudbridge is a decent player, but the Dudbridge that trounced Mensur Suljovic 4-0 was not the same Dudbridge that turned up on Monday evening. Mervyn King is the first selection in this enhanced double.
Following on from that is the night's main event - Phil Taylor's clash with Co Stompé. The Power has hardly been tested so far in the tournament; pub landlord Steve Grubb was dispatched without losing a leg, Michael van Gerwen was touted as a possible giant-killer but was cast aside, and the third round tie with Kevin Painter was hyped up to the hills with hopes of a repeat of their classic 2004 final, but ended with a heavy defeat for The Artist. Taylor's brilliance hasn't really been seen yet, and it's fair to say he probably won't need it to get past his Dutch opponent on Thursday night. As such, we've priced him huge odds-on at 1/12. The Matchstick is a 6/1 shot, but in all honesty could be double that price, because it looks like he'll need a miracle to beat Phil. Stompé has done well - very well - to reach this stage, beating three good players in Andy Jenkins, Alan Tabern and biggest of all Wayne Mardle, but he won't get any further. If you hadn't already guessed, Phil Taylor completes the first bet.
That's the first quick pick double completed - the selections are Mervyn King and Phil Taylor. That makes a mouth-watering semi-final, and we'll give you the enhanced price of 4/9 that it happens.
Friday evening quick pick double - 11/8
The first match of Friday's session sees Helen Chamberlain's rumoured lover James Wade against the surprise package of the tournament, Paul Nicholson. The Machine looked slightly vulnerable last time out, which sounds a bit strange as he beat Vincent van der Voort without dropping a set. He seemed to be aggrieved by the crowd's drunken chanting (I'll leave the subject matter to your own imagination). He also didn't play spectacularly when beating Tony Eccles in the previous round, but having said that, he does have undoubted masses of talent so has to be fancied here - he's the favourite at 8/15. The Asset, born in England but raised in Australia, has raised a few eyebrows in this year's championship. He beat Adrian Gray without losing a leg in round one, knocked out a player who many think a future winner of this event, Adrian Lewis, in round two, and saw off darting legend Dennis Priestley yesterday. It will have come as no surprise to Paul though; he's ranked one of the top players in the Australian Grand Prix circuit and won 15 titles this year. This match though could be just one step too far, so he's rated an 11/8 chance to progress. James Wade is the first leg of this second special double.
Playing each other for the one remaining semi-final spot are Dutch super-stars Raymond van Barneveld and Jelle Klaasen. A repeat of the 2006 BDO World Championships final, which was won by Jelle, this has all the potential to be a classic, and could be the closest of the four fixtures. Barney is rightly the favourite for the match at 1/2, having won five world titles amongst his glittering array of career victories. He was pushed all the way in the last round by Ronnie Baxter - who missed two darts at double-eight to win the game in a sudden-death shoot-out. The Young Matador, meanwhile, has been in supreme form for the whole tournament, beating former world number one Colin Lloyd, fellow Dutchman Jan van der Rassel, and another player tipped for future success in Andy Hamilton - and has dropped only one set in doing so. His opponent on Friday though is a class above all those, so Klaasen is odds-against in the betting at 6/4. Raymond van Barneveld is the second player in the bet.
That game completes the quarter-final line-up, and therefore completes our second quick pick double - the selections are James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld. Again, a mouth-watering semi-final is on the cards, and should this one take place you'll get 11/8 on your money.
As an added bonus, we've bundled all four of these expert arrer-slingers into one big quick pick four-fold accumulator - we're offering the enhanced price of 9/4 should the four favourites - Mervyn King, Phil Taylor, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld - do the business.