Wayne Mardle previews tonight's remaining quarter finals and believes Michael van Gerwen and Wes Newton will join Phil Taylor and Raymond van Berneveld in the last four...
"I think Wes will win 5-2. Reason. Wade has proved in the last few months that the fighting spirit he once possessed has somewhat diminished and he'll need every ounce of it to overcome a top class performer like Newton."
The twice and reigning champ Lewis is the outsider of the two here, it's incredible to think that just three months ago Van Gerwen was matched at 100.099/1 to win the Sid Waddell trophy, now he's around the 4.57/2 mark.
And to be honest, I just can't back against MVG in the form he's in. He won the Grand Prix in October with some sensational darts and then backed that up with a runner-up spot in the Grand Slam, losing only to a revitalised Barney in the final.
Lewis is unpredictable, if he's on he wins, if he has a B-game kind of day - the likes of which we saw in rounds one and two - then the Dutchman will destroy him.
One thing is definite though; there will be plenty of 180s, and this will be fun to watch.
Selection: Back Van Gerwen to win
James has won six major titles (no one counts the Championship of Darts do they?) but the one he wants more than most has eluded him so far. Last year he led Adrian Lewis 5-1 at one stage and had one dart at double 18 for a place in the final. He missed, and there's a sense that was his chance to put the record straight.
Wade is a consistent performer at the highest level but for some reason he comes up short at the World Championship.
Wes is now a fixture in the latter stages of major tournaments and it's perhaps just a matter of time before he wins one of them. The Warrior is a tough cookie with a bucket full of self belief and knows how to win these games having reached two major finals in the last 18 months.
I think Wes will win 5-2. Reason. Wade has proved in the last few months that the fighting spirit he once possessed has somewhat diminished and he'll need every ounce of it to overcome a top class performer like Newton.
Selection: Back Newton to win 5-2 @ 11.010/1 or better