Peter Wright v Mensur Suljović: 6+ Checkouts over 100 – 6/4
The first semi-final pits the second seed against the sixth in what should be a tight contest.
Snakebite has restricted his opponents to few opportunities this week, giving up just five legs in each of his three matches on the Blackpool stage.
Most impressive of all was his demolition of Simon Whitlock in the quarters, where he ran out a 16-5 winner averaging 105, and hitting 16 from 21 attempts at doubles.
Suljović hasn’t quite hit the same heights, but has had the better of this pair’s recent meetings, winning their last three matches.
We’d expect the Austrian to match up well with Wright, and with 33 legs available to decide this, and Wright hitting three 100+ checkouts on his own in just 21 against Whitlock, we’d fancy these two to make the 6+ total here this evening at 6/4.
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Gary Anderson: Anderson highest checkout and most 180s – 11/8
Jeffrey de Zwaan has claimed a few huge scalps this week and will have his eye on another one tonight when he takes on the two-time world champion.
MVG and Adrian Lewis were knocked off in the opening rounds, with Dave Chisnall accounted for in the quarters by the unseeded 22-year-old.
Anderson, however, won’t underestimate the Dutchman as he’s had plenty of warning about his form this week.
The Flying Scotsman has won all of their previous meetings, including three matches this season, and is more experienced in longer formats too.
His blistering performance agains Barney in the second round suggested he was the man to beat in Blackpool, but his woes on the doubles – 38 missed in a match that went to extra legs before he took it 19-17 against Joe Cullen – should’ve been a wake up call that he cannot take anything for granted against de Zwaan.
He should put in a performance, so we’d take the Scot to hit the highest checkout and the most 180s at 11/8.
*All odds correct at time of posting