Wayne Mardle: World-class Anderson will send Cullen on his way

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Wayne Mardle takes aim at the World Matchplay quarter-finals and he predicts more brilliance from Gary Anderson...

"Gary is showing the form of a champion. He's been throwing in some heavyweight scores for fun. Against Raymond Van Barneveld, Gary was pushed to the limit, and he responded with interest. His lowest scoring visit in the last six legs of the match was 80. If Gary has any spell of wizardry like that I can't see Joe matching him."

Anderson's averages point to handicap win

Gary Anderson v Joe Cullen
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Joe Cullen is a confident type who doesn't need any help dismissing an opponent, he can do that very adequately himself. Just ask Daryl Gurney.

Joe is a player on the up, and he can match anyone on his day. With his run this week he's now broken into the top 16 in the rankings for the first time.

If Gary Anderson is a little lacklustre he'll get tested to some tune.

Here's how I see it panning out: it's a best of 31 leg match, first to 16. The format massively plays into the hands of the better players. The better players are more consistent, and generally speaking, they play better for longer. Their periods of good play normally get them in front.

Gary is showing the form of a champion. He's been throwing in some heavyweight scores for fun. Against Raymond Van Barneveld, Gary was pushed to the limit, and he responded with interest. His lowest scoring visit in the last six legs of the match was 80. If Gary has any spell of wizardry like that I can't see Joe matching him.

Cullen is capable, but Gary just looks ready to win again. We know that replicating brilliance is difficult, but Gary is tried and tested. The averages show Gary at 100.56 and Cullen at 95.64. We know averages don't win games, but let me assure you if Gary does average anywhere near his mean Joe is bang in trouble.

Gary minus 4.5 legs at 4/5 looks a good bet.

I won't be touching the Dave Chisnall v Jeffrey De Zwaan match today. It's a little hard to predict when this run of Jeffrey will come to a halt, that's if it ever does of course.

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