By News Team
5th June 2020
From 101 PDC Tour Card holders, we’re down to the final four.
On Friday evening, Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Jelle Klaasen and Jonny Clayton will all step up to the oche as we reach the final Championship Group of the PDC Tour tournament.
The four players will compete in a round-robin format to crown the ultimate victor.
Anderson and Aspinall go head-to-head
One thing’s for sure, we’re in for a superb night of darts on Friday as the Championship Group pits together two former world champions in Anderson and Klaasen, an ex-UK Open winner in Aspinall and a three-time PDC title winner in Clayton.
The pick of the action, however, is no doubt set to be the titanic tussle between Anderson and Aspinall. The heavyweight duo, ranked ninth and seventh in the PDC world rankings respectively, have been two of the favourites for this competition for much of its duration – and there’s no surprise to see they are still the leading contenders to land the title. Aspinall edges it as the most fancied at a price of 6/4 with Anderson next in line at 13/8.
Both have shown fine form to make it this far. Anderson remains undefeated in the competition with nine wins in a row. Aspinall, meanwhile, looked immense when seeing off Clayton in the semi-finals with a 6-5 victory, in what was arguably the best contest of the tournament so far, before coming from behind to see off Rob Cross.
Anderson and Aspinall face-off in their second clash of the night on Friday, with that match looking to hold the key as to where the title ends up. Aspinall, who just 18 months ago was ranked outside the world’s top 70, is the 4/5 favourite for victory in that game.
Can Clayton and Klaasen challenge?
While everyone will be looking towards how Aspinall and Anderson fare, Clayton and Klaasen will each be hoping to quietly spring a title challenge of their own. With odds of 9/2 and 13/2 respectively, they’re quite rightly the lesser fancied to triumph on Friday night, but both men have put together some top displays to make it this far.
Klaasen has been soundly going about his business throughout the tournament and impressively edged out Dave Chisnall to book his place in the Championship Group, while after Clayton’s performances in the semi-finals, he’ll be full of confidence entering into this one.
The PDC world number 15, came close to dismissing Aspinall last time out in that epic clash, while his 6-1 victory to surprise Rob Cross and top his semi-final group ahead of Aspinall was a statement of intent.
Clayton and Klaasen meet in their second clash of the night, with Clayton the 8/11 favourite for victory there. Should either of the duo pull off a surprise in their opening fixture against one of the heavyweights, then it could set this clash up nicely, with the winner here certainly fancying his chances of going all the way.