By Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 29th December 2019
The William Hill World Darts Championship continues on Sunday as we reach the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Nathan Aspinall vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Nathan Aspinall showed again how quickly he has become a great player when beating Gary Anderson 4-2, however the average of just over 97 might have to be upped a bit, but certainly the 11 180s and over 40% on his doubles does not.
The way he took the game to Anderson and held on to him when he was flying shows the bottle that the young man has, and yes he had his bit of luck in the second set, however no-one will win this event without that.
Aspinall’s game now is very solid all round and he can handle the big crowd so a final is well within his grasp.
Dimitri Van den Bergh found himself 2-0 and then 3-1 down in sets but kept going to end up beating Adrian Lewis 4-3, however he will need to find the form of his first game, which was a brilliant display of darts, if he is to progress any further.
There is no question of the ability and bottle of Van den Bergh but he just loses concentration at times and certainly a Lewis of old would not have let him up, so he will need to be on his game and focus from the start.
The overall stats are not that far apart, however I think that Aspinall has the better all-round game and will win this one.
I’m with -1.5 sets on the handicap at 10/11 for a bit more value.
I have Aspinall winning this 5-3–5-4, so over 7.5 sets at 5/6.
And I’m also going for over 16.5 180s at 19/20.
Luke Humphries vs Peter Wright
Luke Humphries could have beaten Kim Huybrechts 4-0 in his last match but settled for 4-1, which was still a high performance to make his first World Darts Championship quarter-final and he certainly pulled off some big shots on the way. However, he will need to tighten his game up in this one, especially on those doubles because Peter Wright will not let him back to the board too many times.
Humphries does have a very high scoring game and if he can up that slightly and take out a few 110 plus checkouts then a semi is on the cards.
Wright finally got his darts sorted out to come through a tough game against the fancied Jeffrey De Zwaan. There is no questioning the ability and bottle that Wright has because it’s as good as anyone in the game and his grit and determination is better then most. However, the tinkering with the darts have been very costly over the years and the reason a world tittle is not on his belt.
Wright matches them all in all categories when his game is on, however there is always the doubt of what darts he is going to use that will suit him, but if he can keep up the doubles hitting then he will chase down Humphries in most legs.
I think that Wright will just have too much consistency for Humphries and will go on and win this. And for me -1.5 sets on the handicap at 8/11 looks the best bet.
There is also no question in my mind that Humphries will hit over 7.5 180s at 8/15.
And I am going with Wright to win the first set at 4/6.
My afternoon double is both Aspinall and Wright to win -1.5 sets on the handicap.
Michael van Gerwen vs Darius Labanauskas
Michael van Gerwen is so up for winning this event for the fourth time and back to back. His last game when beating Stephen Bunting was a masterful display of how to keep your opponent under pressure and make him miss doubles and lose his scoring power, and displays like that will get him that crown.
Darius Labanauskas has had a great tournament and certainly is getting better on the big PDC TV stages and we will see him more. However, to win this he will need to up his game quite a bit because it’s hard to play a player that will be after you in every leg and it can wear you down very quickly which will happen in this game as I cannot see MVG’s form coming back to him.
As you can see from the stats of their last game it’s a clear win for MVG.
The only real value I can find is the William Hill treble for MVG at 8/11.
Another good bet I have found is MVG to win the first two legs in the match at 6/5.
Glen Durrant vs Gerwyn Price
Glen Durrant had a real tough time of getting over Chris Dobey 4-3 and at times looked very edgy on his scoring and doubles. However, he did get away with it but will need to get those flaws sorted out as the further you go on in any major they will be exposed more and be very costly.
Durrant certainly can play a lot better then he did on Saturday with scoring and doubles because on form he is a very solid player who does not make many mistakes.
Gerwyn Price did not match his form at the moment against Simon Whitlock on Saturday and to be quite honest the Whitlock of a few years ago would have beat him. However, Price did hit the right scores and checkouts at the right time to win comfortably in the end 4-2.
I do believe that Price will get back to the form of the previous months and get back to over the 100 average and high scoring.
I do believe that Price will turn up with his A game here and win and I’m going for -1.5 on the handicap at 4/6.
Price over 7.5 180s and over 30.5 legs in the match looks a great bet here.
My double for the evening session is Price vs Durrant over 30.5 legs in the match and MVG to win the first two legs of the match.