After a short break the darts is back for 2016 and we have 4 cracking games in prospect. After the shock exits to Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor the tournament in now wide open and literally any of the 8 remaining players have a real chance of winning the Sid Waddell trophy.
The first match of the day sees Alan Norris play Jelle Klaasen, these two have been two of the biggest 180 scorers in the competition so far. And if this stat continues then we have a cracking match on our hands. The pair have both knocked out a top 8 seed on the way to the quarters, most notably Klaasen beating Taylor in an absolute cracker, And Norris beating Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton in the first round.
Neither player has made the semi finals of the world championship before, and with Norris on PDC World Championship debut, this game is massive for both of their careers. I fancy Norris to steal the game 5-3, but both players will have to be on the top of their games
The final game of the afternoon session features the current world champion, and arguably the greatest player to never win the world championship as Gary Anderson takes on James Wade. Both players have played really well to reach this stage, but this will be their first real test. Wade has upped his scoring this year, hitting more 180s than he ever has done before, and with Gary now relaxed after a nervy start to his defence of the world title, this game has the making of a cracker. You would fancy Gary to win the match, but Wades consistent scoring, and the fact he is a lot better than Gary on the doubles means he will be a threat, and I actually have tipped Wade to win 5-4.
Whatever happens in the afternoon session, it is going to kick off a great day of darts. With 4 of the best players in darts in action, all 4 will be hoping to book their place in the semi finals.
By Alex Powell – @Powellinho