Durrant has chance, but stick to Wright delivering once more
Peter Wright 1.684/6 v Glen Durrant 2.3611/8
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Peter Wright and Glen Durrant will kick off the Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals on Sunday, in their first meeting since they clashed in the quarter-finals of the same event, back in 2017.
On Friday, Wright defeated Dave Chisnall 16-12 in a highly competitive match played to a strong standard. Wright's tournament average of 100.13 is the third highest in this year's competition and when he's scoring so well, 'Snakebite' will be hard to beat.
Yet his opponent Glen Durrant should not be written off. The three-time BDO world champion has acclimatised very well to life in the PDC, with this being his third semi-final appearance since making the move. Having been used to being the dominant player in the BDO, he now often finds himself in the role of underdog and he had to come from behind to beat Michael Smith 16-12 in his quarter-final.
Smith had angered Durrant by questioning his right to be in the tournament - Durrant qualified by winning the BDO world title before leaving the organisation - but there can be no question that the 48-year old belongs in this company. Against Smith his finishing was clinical, with a checkout percentage of 55.17%.
This promises to be a tight game that could go either way and the value could be with Durrant at odds of 2.3611/8. Durrant +2.5 in the handicap market is 1.875/6, which is a safer option, but perhaps not as safe as backing Wright to score heavily once more. Wright is 1.9110/11 to record an average over over 97.5, which he has achieved in all five of his games.
Price looks to break Van Gerwen duck
Michael van Gerwen 1.261/4 v Gerwyn Price 4.3100/30
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Gerwyn Price stands between Michael van Gerwen and an appearance in yet another final appearance in a major.
'The Iceman' came through his grudge match against Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals on Saturday. It's fair to say that the match failed to live up to the hype, with Anderson never recovering from Price's fast start, as the Welshman taking a 5-0 lead en-route to a 16-9 win.
Price has been very consistent in this tournament, but now he faces the ultimate challenge and has to overcome both a major darting and mental hurdle. He has never beaten Van Gerwen, losing 18 of the 19 contests, with one drawn. Price is getting closer though. In 2019 they have played six times, with a 7-7 draw in the Premier League and four of the five defeats coming by a single leg.
Van Gerwen was not pushed nearly so far by Adrian Lewis. MVG cruised to a 16-6 win in which he rarely had to produce his best game.
Though Price has pushed Van Gerwen in the last year, none of the games have been the length of this one which will be played over 31 legs. The closest was the 21-leg game in the Champions League of Darts which finished 11-10 to Van Gerwen. There is the strong possibility then that over the longer format Van Gerwen will pull away and he is 1.674/6 at -3.5 in the handicap market.
At the same price you can back MVG to win the match and hit the most 180s, which seems a better bet. Van Gerwen is 2.89/5 to have the most 180s, score the highest checkout and win the match, which is a bet that landed in the semi against Lewis.
MVG leads the outright betting
It's impossible to look past Van Gerwen to win this tournament in the form he's been in this year. He's 1.584/7 to win this tournament for a fourth time.
Wright is the second favourite at 5.69/2 and the only one of the three other semi-finalists who has beaten Van Gerwen in the past (P78 W17 D2 L59). Price is 7.26/1, with Durrant at 11.010/1.