Wayne Mardle on the World Championship: Big checkouts the order of semi-final night

Wayne expects the Anderson v Wright semi-final to go very deep tonight
Wayne expects the Anderson v Wright semi-final to go very deep tonight

We've reached the semi-final stage of the 2017 PDC World Championship and our man Wayne Mardle expects two exciting clashes with plenty of high checkouts on show...

"The standard of play from both will most definitely cause this match to go long, possibly all the way to the 11th set."

Back Over 9.5 Sets @ 6/5 in Anderson v Wright

So, here we are, sixty eight players eliminated, with only four remaining.

The two semi-finals are fascinating in their own way. The reigning World Champ Gary Anderson, takes on fellow Scot, Peter Wright. There's no love lost between these two. Who will control their emotions better? Who will win?

MVG takes on RVB, an all Dutch clash in the second semi-final. Can Michael get revenge for last year's beating at the hands of his boyhood hero?

Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
Sunday, 19:20
Live on Sky Sports 3

I have to say, I'm having trouble separating these two.

The reigning world champ has proven once again that he saves his best darts for Alexandra Palace. The strut, the swagger, the calmness that seems to exude from him once the World Championships come around is incredible. He loves the challenge.

Gary's performances have been assured and brilliant in equal measures. The way he stood up to Dave Chisnall's 180 hitting was commendable, many men would have folded.

The Champ smacked in 43 score of 140 or more, WOW!

Peter Wright is showing championship winning form, he and Michael van Gerwen are the only two players to have averaged over 100 in every match so far, that consistency will prove invaluable against Anderson.

There's a feeling amongst the darting world that if you've never won a televised tournament, you're either a bottle job or not good enough, or both of course. Peter is neither.

The world of darts has never been so strong, there are at least eight players who on their day can annihilate anyone. Peter has been unfortunate to have played Michael in every one of the five 'major' finals he's been in, one of those being the World Championship Final in 2014.

Like I said, going back to my opening gambit about this game, I'm having trouble separating them. It will come down to holding firm in the deciding legs of sets, it'll come down to a moment of brilliance and the odd miss at crucial times, that's the same in any match, but if you miss at this stage of the tournament, it's likely you will get punished.

The standard of play from both will most definitely cause this match to go long, possibly all the way to the 11th set.

Wright, ultra consistent, Anderson, dynamic. Both brilliant.

With my logic of this match going into at least a 10th set, I have to fancy over on the sets, and I'm loving the over 127.5 for Peter's highest finish, he's achieved this in three of his four matches played. The longer format gives him even more chance.

Recommended Bets
Back Over 9.5 Sets @ 6/5
Back Wright Over 127.5 Checkout @ 5/6
Back both players Checkout of 120+ @ 10/11

Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Sunday, 21:30
Live on Sky Sports 3

We know Michael is better, and we know he is playing better.

What we don't know, is what RVB takes to the stage, is it the one who dismantled Alan Norris, or the Barney who struggled against Phil Taylor, 'struggled', was Raymond's description of his performance, not mine.

If Raymond is slow to rise in this game he'll be in trouble from dart one.

Let's not try to work out how Michael will play, because we already know the answer, brilliantly.

The most likely scenario in this match is MVG dominating, building up a lead of maybe two or three sets then canter to the finish.

I'm not normally a 'he has to get out of the gate quick merchant', but I really do believe that Raymond will have to win one of the first two sets to give himself confidence and at least put some doubt in Michael's mind.

Michael has hit three 170 checkouts in the last two matches, he'll hit another I hope!

RVB has hit a finishover 120 in eight of his last 10 matches at Ally Pally.

Just for fun, RVB to hit a 9-dart leg at 40-1, it's worth a few pound of anyone's money, right? He and Adrian Lewis are the only two men in history to have hit two on the world stage.

Recommended Bets
Back both players Checkout of 120+ @ 10/11
Back Van Gerwen to hit a 170 Checkout @ 6/1
Back Van Barneveld to hit a 9-dart finish @ 40/1


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