Rag2gar previews the Quarter Finals of the World Matchplay Darts on Thursday,with selections of Gerwyn Price, Dave Chsinall and both Ian White and Mensur Suljovic on the handicaps.
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
There were some interesting matches in the 2nd round of this year's World Matchplay but Gerwyn Price's win over Adrian Lewis was perhaps the most spellbinding. It was unbelievable actually. Price seemed to rise to the occasion and really won over the crowd.
I was so taken back by the manner of the performance that I even think he could be a candidate for a Premier League wildcard next year. But tonight he must take on Peter Wright in what should be one of many hot quarter finals at the Winter Gardens. I was astounded at the way Price beat Lewis and I'm finding it hard to write him off here even though Wright is clearly superior.
Wright was excellent in the first round but seemed slow to get going in the second round and might just be there for the taking here. Maybe it was a one-off with Price. Maybe he caught Lewis on a bad night? But maybe he is the real deal? Maybe he is a big stage player? He certainly seemed it two nights ago. I think he may just take this journey one round further and I'm going to take a punt that he'll beat Wright here tonight.
Michael Van Gerwen v Ian White
Van Gerwen looked unstoppable in the second round. Although it's only the quarter final stage, I think he's now a certainty to win this competition. The simple question is who's going to beat him? Nobody looks good enough to put it up to him at the minute, especially Taylor.
We caught the bookies nicely the last few rounds by doing MVG on the handicap each time, but I think we need to reverse our strategy tonight. The line has been so far off the past two rounds that the line makers are now overly cautious of another Van Gerwen domination. Also Ian White can play darts. I was impressed at the way he dug in to best Simon Whitlock in the second round and I think he can give MVG somewhat of a match here, particularly early on. White's doubles are good and he should get enough sightings in this one to cover his handicap. That's the bet I like here.
2 points win Ian White to beat Michael Van Gerwen +7.5 legs at 8/11 with Ladbrokes.
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
If Dave Chisnall had been playing as well as he was earlier in the year, I'd think he was a massive bet here against Phil Taylor.
Taylor looked incredibly unconvincing in the middle of his match against Hamilton and I think he's going to get knocked out soon. He has been playing so poorly in parts. I think Chisnall can definitely beat him here, but he'll need to up his game a bit.
Taylor looks primed for the taking, but if he finds any kind of form it could be Chisnall who's in trouble as he hasn't been playing well either. I'm going to take a chance on Chisnall here at the prices.
James Wade v Mensur Suljovic
Mensur Suljovic was a very surprising winner of his 2nd round match knocking out Gary Anderson. What was clear from that match was that whether consciously or unconsciously, Suljovic will slow his opponent down. This will not suit Wade.
I remember a few years back when Wade was at the peak of his powers he used to struggle against Dennis Priestley. For those who don't remember, Priestley was a very slow player like Suljovic. Wade lost ten of his 16 games against Priestley despite winning eight darting majors around that time period. I think Suljovic is going to frustrate Wade here and make quite a game of this one, like he did against Anderson.
That's why I like him on the handicaps.