World Darts Championship Semi-Finals: Humphries and Cross tipped for final

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Luke Humphries has shown a range of qualities to reach this stage of the tournament

Just four players remain in this year's PDC World Championship, pre-tournament favourite Luke Humphries is one of them and he's started to find the form that's seen him win three of the last four majors.

  • Teenage sensation Luke Littler is now 15/82.88 to win the Worlds

  • Humphries is starting to move through the gears

  • Cross to ask questions of Littler

With Michael van Gerwen eliminated on Monday, Luke Littler is the name on everyones lips right now and on debut, the 16-year-old is 15/82.88 to lift the Sid Waddell trophy having posted three 100+ averages and brushed aside seasoned pros like it's the norm. Luke Humphries, who was favourite to go all the way before a dart had been thrown, is now the favourite again at 1/12.00.

The real Luke Humphries has arrived

Luke Humphries played out a dramatic Ally Pally classic against Joe Cullen in the Last 16 and demonstrated his World Championship winning credentials to see off Dave Chisnall on Monday.

He has shown a whole range of qualities to reach this stage for the first time in his career, showing that nothing is going to phase him and he can deal with any challenge in front of him.

The pre-tournament favourite has hit 12 180s in his last two matches and I expect him to emulate that scoring power in his semi-final encounter with Scott Williams.

An emphatic display from the Grand Slam winner saw him get the better of a player in Chizzy who had won four of their five previous meetings in 2023.

Recording his first ever three figure average at the World Championships, he looks to have timed his run perfectly and next up for Cool Hand is the player who knocked out Michael van Gerwen. The three-time World Champion was far from his best against Shaggy but the showman certainly showed that he is a force to be reckoned with.

Despite Williams hitting more 100+ checkouts in this tournament, I think there's value in backing Humphries to win, hit the most 180s & highest checkout at 7/42.75, he did of course take out a stunning 164 against Chizzy.

Back Humphries to win, hit the most 180s & highest checkout @ 7/42.75

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Voltage at his very best

Rob Cross produced one of the greatest comebacks the sport has ever seen to get the better of Chris Dobey in the quarter-finals, coming from 4-0 down, with two ton plus checkouts and a 10 dart leg in the deciding set.

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He said a few months ago that he is in the best form since winning the tournament back in 2018 and that if he could maintain the same high level, he'd win one of the final majors of the year.

Had it not been for a ridiculous performance from Luke Humphries in the final of the Grand Slam, his prediction may well have come good in Wolverhampton but there is still time for him to prove himself right. Voltage is now 4/15.00 to become a two-time winner at the Ally Pally.

As for Luke Littler, he's looking to better what Cross did on debut here by becoming the youngest ever World Champion.

Having already triumphed in the World Youth final last month, The Nuke posted his third ton topping average of the tournament to down a disappointing Brendan Dolan last time out. Littler is showing maturity beyond his years, his skill is unquestionable but ultimately he is still yet to be significantly tested.

I think this will be the first time in this tournament that someone goes toe-to-toe with the 16-year-old, makes him pay for any missed darts at double and after the resilience shown against Dobey, I think Cross will use his experience and staying power to fire himself into a second World Championship final. I like the look of Cross to win and hit 10+ 180s at 2/13.00.

Back Rob Cross to win & hit 10+ 180s @ 2/13.00

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