It’s that strange time between Christmas and New Year’s when you lose track of the days, but the only thing you need to know is that it’s semi-finals night at the World Darts Championship!
Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen and Nathan Aspinall all produced brilliant performances yesterday to get themselves into the last four tonight.
The semi-finals are the best of 11 sets and the first game of the night at 7pm sees Peter Wright face Gerwyn Price, while defending champion Michael van Gerwen takes on Nathan Aspinall after that to see who goes to the final on New Year’s Day.
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price: Peter Wright to win 6-4 in sets – 6/1
I picked Gerwyn Price to be a finalist with Michael van Gerwen at the start of the tournament, but I’m changing my mind here.
Peter Wright has been going under the radar, he’s come through four tough tussles to get here and showed some real bottle to win those ties. In the quarter-finals, he averaged 105.86 and hit a 170 checkout to beat Luke Humphries.
Snakebite is coming good just at the right time and I like the way he’s looking at the moment. The Iceman is a two-time Grand Slam of Darts champion and he’s in the semi-finals after a really good 5-1 win over Glen Durrant, but he’s talking about Michael van Gerwen already rather than talking about Peter Wright!
Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall: Michael van Gerwen to win – 1/7
Nathan Aspinall is in the semi-final for the second year running and he’s averaged 95 in 14 of his last 15 TV matches, so he’s playing really well and he’ll give Michael van Gerwen a game.
But, you don’t really need to talk too much about MVG! He’s the defending champion and is looking for his fourth title in seven years. He’s only dropped three sets on his way to the last four as well.
He said he got bored during his match with Darius Labanauskas because it was that easy for him, but Aspinall will push him harder than that.
* All odds correct at time of posting.