By News Team
5th May 2020
We’ve over halfway through the PDC Tour’s group stage and what a ride it’s been so far, with the likes of Max Hopp and Chris Dobey recently joining the list of group winners who have qualified for the next stage.
With more action continuing through this week, we’ve taken a look at the upcoming announced groups to keep an eye on.
Group 19: Durrant the man to beat
It’s Glen Durrant’s turn to make his mark on the competition on Tuesday night, with the Middlesbrough man the headline act of Group 19. Durrant comes into this tournament with some real form behind him given he sits top of the 2020 Premier League table, having racked up four wins from six in that event.
That form should give three-time Lakeside Champion Durrant the belief that he can make it out of this pool, though given some of the surprises we have already seen in the PDC Tour tournament so far, that is by no means a certainty.
Also looking to make it out of Group 19 on Tuesday night will be Dutchman Vincent van der Meer, 48-year-old Justin Pipe and Van der Meer’s compatriot Maik Kuivenhoven. With Pipe a former World Grand Prix semi-finalist, he looks to be Durrant’s main rival for top spot, but Durrant, who currently sits 19th in the PDC world rankings should have enough to see him off and will be hoping to go far in the competition.
Group 20: Cullen to edge tight group
A rather exciting-looking Group 20 appears to be a much tighter affair and far tougher to call, with multiple ranking event winners Jeffrey de Zwaan and Joe Cullen both looking likely to battle it out for top spot. Joining them on Wednesday night, however, will also be emerging Scottish talent Ryan Murray and experienced John Michael, who will also give as a good as they’ve got here.
Just five spots currently separate Cullen and De Zwaan in the PDC world rankings, with the former in 16th and the latter sitting at 21st, which suggests their clash in particular will be one you won’t want to miss. In terms of form this year at the bigger events, it is Cullen who has the upper hand, having reached the last 16 of the Masters and last 32 of the UK Open.
Don’t forget Murray, who is an exciting prospect and will be hoping to make a name for himself on this stage, but Cullen is the man who should be backed to progress from this group.