Wayne Mardle on the World Championship: Taylor and Barney to produce Ally Pally classic

Barney v Taylor should be an Ally Pally classic tonight
Barney v Taylor should be an Ally Pally classic tonight

We're down to the last eight in this year's PDC World Championship and all the big names are still present, meaning we have some fantastic quarter-final matches today for Wayne Mardle to get his teeth stuck into...


"The last time they played over a distance of at least eight sets there were 21 maximums and two finishes over 123. Expect something similar tonight in this mouthwatering quarter final clash."

Back Over 30.5 Legs @ 5/6
Back Both Players to have over 120 Checkout @ 15/8
Back Over 16.5 180s @ 10/11

Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney
Friday, 19:20
Live on Sky Sports 3


I'm not going to rattle on about how much better Michael van Gerwen is than Daryl. The two are at two different levels, Daryl is world class, Michael is different class. The void is huge.

Michael should dominate every aspect, the scoring, the finishing, and most importantly for him, the scoreline.

Gurney needs to produce spells of greatness to get near Michael.

Daryl was the last man to beat MVG, that was 25 matches ago, over a best of 11 legs match. This is best of nine sets, it's like a different sport.

MVG will win handsomely, won't he? How handsome is the question.

Daryl has played 18 sets in this tournament, averaging near or over 100 on eight occasions. If he can produce similar efforts against Michael I feel sure he'll take a set or two.

Darren Webster averaged 99 against Michael last night, and had darts at a double to win three sets before losing 4-1. I expect something similar tonight.

Recommended Bets
Back Van Gerwen to Win 5-1 @ 12/5
Back Van Gerwen to Win 5-2 @ 11/2


Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
Friday, 21:00
Live on Sky Sports 3


Well, what can you say about this one! The two most successful players in the last two decades. I'm excited about this.

Raymond has looked a million dollars most of the tournament, while Phil has looked like the champion he is, one match, then indifferent the next.

My thoughts are, Phil will out-score Barney, but be out-finished.

Against Kim Huybrechts, Taylor dominated the scoring phase of the match, but kept giving the Belgian another visit, and in the end it nearly caught up with him, it was close to going three sets apiece, even though Phil dominated for large periods.

It's hard to envisage this match being a shorty, surely it goes at least eight sets. It's dependent on RVB hitting doubles to elongate the match.

I believe the deeper this goes the more chance Raymond has of winning, due to the Power's lack of belief/composure at crucial times. It never used to be that way but times have changed, the once unflappable master of the oche sometimes acts human and gets nervous like the rest of us.

The last time they played over a distance of at least eight sets there were 21 maximums and two finishes over 123. Expect something similar tonight in this mouthwatering quarter final clash.

Recommended Bets
Back Over 30.5 Legs @ 5/6
Back Both Players to have over 120 Checkout @ 15/8
Back Over 16.5 180s @ 10/11


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