Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall have both sailed into round three with minimum of fuss. Both are outsiders for the title with MVG leading the way, but by sneaking through the round of 16 their odds would be significantly enhanced. Chizzy leads the way in terms of the head to head record, nine to four to be exact. This will have little bearing on what is a huge match for both competitors. Chisnall has underachieved this campaign by failing to reach a major semi final, but reaching the final four of the biggest of all would certainly put his head at rest. Peter Wright’s fan base has grown and grown over this term. The colourful Scotsman is now fourth in the world and will fancy his chances should his double average outrun Chizzy’s.
Alan Norris is enjoying some of the best form of his year but his sensational run may come to an end at the hands of Mark Webster. The Welshman will look to continue his resurgence, and a win over Norris could steer him towards a coveted Premier League spot. He quickly disposed off Ally Pally veteran Terry Jenkins in round two without dropping a leg, but with Norris’ power scoring this should be much more of a contest.
16 time champion Phil Taylor will be looking to add a 17th as he faces Jelle Klaasen in the round if 16. The Dutchman is many experts outsider for an impressive run but if Taylor can reproduces his premium darts of yesteryear Klaasen will have plenty to fight for. ‘The Cobra’ squeezed past Mervyn King with a fairly mediocre performance. Like true champions do he turned up at the pivotal moments and hit the doubles when it mattered. He will need to play a more complete game if he is to win one over on the darting legend that is Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.