It’s warming up nicely as round 4 saw Michael van Gerwen get a 9 darter and 10 minutes later the world champion Gary Anderson was sent packing by a qualifier.
So far so good on the trades for the outright wins on MvG 6/4 and Taylor 6/1. With Anderson out I will let them ride and not lay them back as I am pretty confident that 1 of them will be walking away with the first prize of £60,000 come Sunday night.
Round 5 is the first to 9 legs which starts at 7pm and the televised matches are as follows:-
Stephen Bunting v Joe Cullen
Phil Taylor v Vincent van der Voort
Adrian Lewis v Jelle Klaasen
Michael van Gerwen v Kim Huybrechts
Mark Webster v Mensur Suljovic (7pm)
Mensur has proved that he belongs on the big stage after his performances over in 2015 and 2016. He beat James Wade in round 3 and enjoyed deciding leg win as he progressed with a narrow win over de Vreede in round 4.
Mark has won 9-3 and 9-4 in his last 2 matches and this is too close to pick a winner, but 1 thing for sure is that this will be a close match.
Stephen Bunting v Joe Cullen (7pm)
Stephen was a semi-finalist last year and he powered through with a 9-6 win over Jamie Caven in Round 4 after winning a 9-8 in the previous round against the up and coming Jamie Lewis.
Joe Cullen moved into round 5 for the 2nd time as he battled past the well fancied Alan Norris 9-6 after winning 4 of the final 5 legs. It’s hard to see either player running away with match so another close call here.
Michael van Gerwen v Kim Huybrechts (8.30pm)
Michael has had a 9 darter and 4 170 checkouts so far in his 2 matches and is the best player on the planet at the moment. Michael has beaten Kim comfortably in his last 2 matches 16-4 and 5-1 and I expect MvG to dish up more of the same tonight.
Peter Wright v Darren Webster (8pm)
These 2 have only played once and that was back in 2009 when Peter won 9-6 and lets face it Peter is a much better player now than he was then. He has won both of his matched 9-5 so far and I think there will be a similar scoreline again tonight.
OVER 14.5 LEGS DOUBLE
- Webster v Suljovic
- Bunting v Cullen
Marathon Bet (3.55)
- MvG -3.5 legs
- Wright -2.5 legs
Marathon Bet (3.71)