It's knockout time in the Grand Slam of Darts and Jaymes Monte is predicting a changing of the guard at the very top of the sport...
"What impresses me most about MVG at the moment is his relentless heavy scoring."
Michael van Gerwen's rampant form shows no sign of relenting. Three wins from three group stage matches, dropping just five legs along the way, mean that he was the most emphatic of performers in the group stages. Extending his unbeaten record to nine matches in all competitions at the same time.
What impresses me most about MVG at the moment is his relentless heavy scoring. The Dutchman has always been clinical in taking out big number finishes, but now he is consistently finding at least one treble with every visit in the early part of legs.
This time last year, if Van Gerwen didn't hit a big treble with his first or second dart the third would often be flung away, almost in disgust. Now he is showing the maturity and class to pick off a big number with that third dart, thus constantly keeping the pressure on his opponent. If you haven't noticed it before, keep an eye on it when you watch this match tonight.
Such is the form and brilliance of Van Gerwen at the moment that I find myself three paragraphs into this preview and I have yet to mention his opponent, the world number one and 15-time World Champion, Phil Taylor.
The Power took his eye off the ball a little in his final group match with Scott Waites, but looked good enough in his other two matches to suggest that this clash will be every bit as enthralling as it is being built up to be.
Taylor being Taylor, he's obviously going to be the betting favourite. But on current form you'd have to say that it is the youngster who is the most likely winner.
There have been numerous times in the past when I have opposed Taylor at short odds purely on value; never being truly convinced that he would lose, but knowing that at the odds it was worth the risk.
Tonight I genuinely believe that Van Gerwen will win the match.
Win or lose this will not signal the end for Taylor, but it could - if that point hasn't already occurred at the World Grand Prix last month - signal the beginning of the end. Not the end of major titles, he has more than a few left in him, but the end of his dominance. And perhaps the end of The Power being the most feared opponent on the circuit.
Back Van Gerwen to beat Taylor @ 3.185/40