By News Team
Last Updated: 3rd June 2020
Just eight players now remain in the PDC Tour, as we prepare for the semi-finals of the tournament, and there’s some big match-ups on the horizon over the course of Wednesday and Thursday night as we get down to the nitty gritty of the action.
The semi-finals consist of two groups of four players facing off against each other, with two players from each group progressing to the Championship Group finals on Friday night.
Over the course of the next 72 hours the champion will be announced. Here’s a preview of the action from both semi-final groups.
Group One: ‘Flying Scotsman’ Anderson steaming towards final
Wednesday night’s semi-final will no doubt throw up a few cracking clashes as the 13/5 tournament favourite Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall (5/1) prepare to avoid any upsets on their way to the final. Jelle Klaasen and Mike De Decker are also in action, and they’ll be looking to cause a shock by knocking out one or both of Anderson and Chisnall en route to the final four.
‘Flying Scotsman’ Anderson nearly had to drop out of the PDC Tour in the early stages, but he has overcome that to show great form in the tournament so far. The two-time world champion has only dropped four legs in the previous groups on his way to this stage, which is why he’s 2/5 favourite to book his place in the Championship Group on Friday.
Chisnall will be looking to edge Anderson to lead the way in this group, and while he’s an obvious danger given his talent, his form and mettle in the final stages of tournaments have been questioned in the past and this could be a big factor. He’s still fancied to go through at 4/7, though.
It would take huge performances from both Klaasen and De Decker to prevent the strongly backed Anderson and outside outright favourite Chisnall from progressing. Klaasen stands a slightly better chance at 6/5 to progress, while De Decker is 7/4.
Group Two: Aspinall means business
Thursday night’s head-to-heads will be interesting as challengers to Rob Cross and Nathan Aspinall – Jonny Clayton and Joe Cullen – will look to upset the apple cart and march through to the Championship Group. As the odds show, that may take some doing given the form of ‘Voltage’ and ‘The Asp’ in their previous groups.
Aspinall, like Cullen, won all three of his Last 32 matches in the previous round without any signs of stuttering, while Cross picked up two wins and edged out the impressive Ryan Searle on leg difference to get to this stage. Cullen has been exciting to watch, and if anyone can progress at the expense of Cross or Aspinall, then it’s likely to be him – he’s an outside 10/3 to top the group.
Aspinall at 7/4 is favourite to top the pool, with Cross just behind at 12/5. Given Aspinall’s odds of winning the whole tournament at 3/1, it’d be a huge shock to not to see him go through. Cross, however, will be desperate to make a statement of intent and finish first, and at 11/2 to win the tournament outright, it’ll be interesting to see how he shapes up against Aspinall on Thursday evening.