Grand Slam of Darts Tips: The year of the Ferret continues

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Clayton will take on Price in an all-Welsh quarter-final

It's quarter-finals time at the Grand Slam of Darts and Abigail Davies expects Jonny Clayton to come through in the all-Welsh affair...

"A below-par Price survived a scare against World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks on Wednesday evening to set up another all-Welsh clash with his World Cup partner."

Michael van Gerwen remains favourite to win the tournament at 7/4 while Jonny Clayton is 4/1 to claim another big TV title. Fallon Sherrock has made even more history by comfortably beating Mensur Suljovic to reach the quarter-final, she's now 40/1 to lift the Eric Bristow trophy on Sunday night.

Formerly an event which saw PDC and BDO combine, the demise of the British Darts Organisation has seen PDC Challenge and Development Tour players given the opportunity to pit themselves against seasoned professionals on the big stage.

While none of the Development Tour qualifiers have made it through to the quarter-finals, they'll have certainly benefitted from the experience and they've undoubtedly been a major highlight of this year's tournament.

Ferret to get the better of Gezzy again

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton came through their last 16 matches with contrasting performances against two of the young shining lights in the world of darts.

A below-par Price survived a scare against World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks on Wednesday evening to set up another all-Welsh clash with his World Cup partner.

With an average just shy of 93 and a whole host of missed doubles, he never really got out of third gear but like all good champions do, he still found a way to get over the winning line.

As for Clayton, if you look at the legs he won in his victory over Nathan Rafferty, they were all in 17 darts or less, with a 10-dart leg thrown in for good measure. He was also 63% on doubles with two ton-plus checkouts - they are certainly title winning numbers.

The ferret won both of their meetings last month, having previously lost eight in a row to his fellow countryman.

Jonny is playing the better of the two at the moment, he's won his last 13 matches on TV and I think he'll come through against the world number one at 10/11.

Even though The Iceman pinned a 167 against Brooks, I also think the Ferret to hit the highest checkout in the match, you can back that at 5/6

Injury doesn't hinder Wade

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James Wade was again impressive in beating Rowby-John Rodriguez, despite being troubled by a gout flare up.

Hobbling around the stage The Machine was still able to deliver a masterclass in finishing as he remained clinical on the outer ring throughout the match.

Wade now plays Rob Cross for the second time in this tournament having beaten him convincingly in the group stages.

Voltage is enjoying a real resurgence and playing with more freedom than we've seen for a long time, over recent months. He's delivering on the floor and in televised tournaments and seems to have put a really difficult spell behind him.

The European Champion swept aside Ryan Joyce with a 102.9 average and I'm expecting a similar display from him in his quarter-final match.

As well as Wade has thrown in his last two games, I'm backing Cross to win at 3/4.

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