World Matchplay 2016 – Quarter Finals – Preview
The second round has come to an end and the final 8 have been chosen to compete for the World Matchplay title. Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will have to get past 2-time World Champion Adrian Lewis in order to reach the semi-finals. Michael van Gerwen takes on Dave Chisnall in what is predicted to be a high scoring match up. Mervyn King has continued his fine run of form and his reward is a match against the king of the Winter Gardens, Phil Taylor. Gary Anderson has reached another level on the oche recently and will face Steve Beaton on Friday night.
Peter Wright v Adrian Lewis
This may be the best tie of the quarter-finals on paper with Lewis ranked number four and Peter Wright fifth in the order of merit. Peter Wright played excellent against Ian White in the second round winning 11-6 with a 98 average. It was a bit of a different story for Adrian Lewis as he was nowhere near his best against Gerwyn Price averaging 84 but still managed to progress with an 11-5 victory. It is hard to read in to that result though with all that went on before the match and understandably both players were very nervous.
VERDICT: Peter Wright to win 16-10.
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
World number one, van Gerwen battles with Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall in the second quarter-final of Thursday night and many are expecting high averages from both. Michael van Gerwen annihilated Kyle Anderson with a standard 102 average (That’s standard for MVG). Mighty Mike won the match 11-3 which means he has only dropped 3 legs in his 2016 Matchplay adventure so far. Dave Chisnall looked like a potential winner of the tournament in his 11-2 win against Robert Thornton. Chizzy averaged 99 with clinical finishing and if he plays in similar fashion against van Gerwen then it may just be a tight contest.
VERDICT: Michael van Gerwen to win 16-5.
Gary Anderson v Steve Beaton
The majority of people are expecting Anderson to brush Beaton aside in this tie but Steve Beaton’s form recently he won’t be an easy opponent. Gary Anderson has improved his game even more recently which is hard to do after winning back to back world titles. Anderson beat Terry Jenkins 11-5 in his last match averaging 100 and hitting 4 180s. Steve Beaton has been playing fantastic recently as well and hit 4 180s in his round 2 match against Michael Smith averaging 99 so it was a similar performance to Anderson’s.
VERDICT: Gary Anderson to win 16-10.
Phil Taylor v Mervyn King
Phil Taylor made easy work of Suljovic in the second round which isn’t an easy thing to do. Taylor beat Suljovic 11-5 with a 101 average and looked clinical on double tops however later on in the tournament the question might just come out over his double 16 problems. Mervyn King has performed beautifully to reach the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay defeating James Wade and Brendan Dolan along the way. King eliminated Dolan from the competition winning 11-8 on Wednesday night.
VERDICT: Phil Taylor to win 16 – 7.
By Logan McWilliams