World Darts Championship Semi-Final Tips: Bully Boy keeps battling through

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Bully Boy wants to right the wrongs of 2019

Four players remain in this year's World Darts Championship and Abigail Davies is expecting Michael Smith to get another crack at the title...

"Last year, The Flying Scotsman reached the final without being at his best but I think he'll come unstuck in the final four this time around."

Michael Smith again held his nerve in order to see off the defending World Champion Gerwyn Price and as a result, has become the outright favourite to win the event at 6/4. 2020 World Champion Peter Wright is 13/8 and Gary Anderson is available at 4/1 to lift the trophy for a third time.

Bully Boy to breeze through

Michael Smith v James Wade
19:40, Live on Sky Sports

Despite a nine-dart leg and five ton plus finishes from his opponent, Michael Smith delivered yet another mightily impressive display in order to get a step closer to that elusive first big TV major.

With 43 180s in four matches, a tournament average of 100.54 and a checkout percentage of 48.51 for the event, Bully Boy really has been at his consistent best throughout and I believe we are about to see him take the next step in his career and lift that Sid Waddell trophy.

Remarkably, James Wade has made it to his fourth Ally Pally semi-final despite having a running average of 87.67.

James has delivered some typical Wade-like performances against underwhelming opposition during this tournament, it took him until his last-eight match to hit his first 180 and he's simply done enough to get himself into the final four.

The world number four wasn't troubled by Mervyn King yesterday but The Machine will certainly need to add at least 10 points onto his average if he is to challenge Smith in the next round.

Despite winning 11 of his last 12 matches against Smith, I can't see Wade getting anywhere near the level required to trouble Bully Boy tonight and back the St Helens man to complete the match treble at 7/5.

Scottish showdown to go the way of Snakebite

Peter Wright v Gary Anderson
21:30, Live on Sky Sports

It's a battle of the two Scotsmen in the second semi-final and I expect Peter Wright to come through.

Snakebite has been gradually improving round by round and even though he was pushed all the way by the sublime Callan Rydz, he pulled out multiple 11-dart legs, produced some heavy scoring, a crucial 96 outshot and almost treated us to a nine-darter in order to progress.

The 2020 champion missed 40 darts at a double, many of them were more than socially distanced from their intended target but when he really needed to, he dug deep and experience told.

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Gary Anderson may not be at his 2015 best but he's certainly showing more hunger and desire as this tournament goes on. Unlike his semi-final opponent, he now seems settled on the darts he will use for the remainder of this event and seems to be clicking into gear.

His combination finishes have been decent and he said to me after his win over Luke Humphries that he's much happier when he leaves 110 than he is when he has three darts at a double.

Last year, The Flying Scotsman reached the final without being at his best but I think he'll come unstuck in the final four this time around.

Overall, I think Wright has been the more consistent of the two, he's playing the better darts and I think he will reach a third Ally Pally final and hit the most 180s in that match at 1/1.

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