Michael van Gerwen still has the opportunity to win the Champions Championship Finals for the fourth year in a row.
It is Sunday and so it is time to find the winner of this year’s Players Championship Finals. Both second and third round were settled yesterday, and therefore it is on for the quarter-finals today.
In the first match, Daryl Gurney faces Chris Dobey. Not many had expected that English Dobey would be in the tournament at this stage, especially when he has been opposed to Dave Chisnall and James Wade.
However, it should be said that neither Chisnall nor Wade hit their best days, whereas Daryl Gurney played quite good in yesterday’s two matches. If Gurney continues with it, Chris Dobey has to find a different level.
In the second quarter-final, Danny Noppert faces Stephen Bunting. After a few nice victories against Gerwyn Price and Adrian Lewis, Krzyssztof Ratajski had to admit that Danny Noppert became too much when the Dutchman won by 10-4.
Stephen Bunting is coming into this match with a 10-9 win in the luggage. The victory came against Peter Wright, where Bunting was only ahead by two legs one time. It was when he was up by 6-4.
Gary Anderson will then go on stage to meet Jonny Clayton. Both players seem to be in brilliant form, although Gary Anderson has played this tournament with a somewhat higher level than Clayton. Thus, Anderson has not averaged below 100 in all his three matches. At the same time, it can be mentioned that Clayton has not averaged over 100 in just one of his matches.
The two have met seven times before and here it has only been a single victory for Jonny Clayton. However, it was back in 2016.
In today’s last quarter-final, Steve Lennon faces Michael van Gerwen. Steve Lennon has had a pretty easy way towards this quarter-final, as he has not met one from the top 20 in the world. The best placed he has met was Cristo Reyes, ranked number 31 on the Order of Merit.
Michael van Gerwen has also not met one from the top 20 yet. And nor will he do in this match, as Steve Lennon is number 39.
In addition, Michael van Gerwen also has the statistics on his side. The two players have met six times, and Steve Lennon has not yet managed to win.
Should Michael van Gerwen win this match, and should Gary Anderson beat Jonny Clayton, then the draw has turned out to be a repeat of last weekend’s semifinal from the Grand Slam of Darts.
In the evening, it will be on for semi-finals and the final, but between the semi-finals and the final, there will be another final taking place. Because we have to find the new World Youth Champion.
The match is between Dimitri van den Bergh and Martin Schindler. Thus, Dimitri van den Bergh can win the tournament for the second time in a row, or Martin Schindler can win it for the first time.
As always, you can get an overview below. In addition, all matches can be seen on PDC.TV.
Sunday November 25
Daryl Gurney v Chris Dobey
Danny Noppert v Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton
Steve Lennon v Michael van Gerwen
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Gurney/Dobey v Noppert/Bunting
Anderson/Clayton v Lennon/Van Gerwen
Plus PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final:
Martin Schindler v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Best of 11 legs. To be played between semi-finals and final of Players Championship Finals.