Anderson the new tournament favourite after last 16 shocks
The 2016 PDC World Championship has been thrown wide open this week. The two tournament favourites were both eliminated in the last sixteen, leaving the door open for the likes of Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright to take the 2016 title.
Keep reading for our preview of the quarter finals of the 2016 PDC World Championship.
Mighty Mike and the Power both knocked out in round three
Despite a 170 checkout and an average of 105.78 the red hot favourite was knocked out of the World Championship on Tuesday in the biggest shock of the tournament so far. Michael van Gerwen’s average is the highest ever by a loser at this tournament but he succumbed 4-3 in a thrilling match to his countryman Raymond van Barneveld.
The 2007 champion rolled back the years to record a famous win and admitted it was one of the best performances of his career. He said: “After the first set, though, I sniffed opportunity and it was a very special night, which felt a bit like winning the tournament even though it was just the third round.
“Many people thought my time was over and there was a lot of negativity. People said Michael would win easily and it would be nice to get a little bit more respect in my own country for what I have achieved. I think I’ve put myself back onto the map through this competition and have shown the world that I’m still here and that I’m still not ready to go away yet.”
Barney’s next opponent is the eighth seed Michael Smith after the former world youth champion thrashed Benito van der Pas 4-0. He ended with an average of 101.56 and said: “If I can get my scoring and finishing together, I could go a long way in this tournament.”
Barney is 8/11 while you can back Smith at 21/20.
Could 2016 be the year that James Wade finally rewards darts betting backers?
James Wade has often been heralded as the ‘best of the rest’ at the World Championships for years but the left-hander has always fallen short. The Machine has made the semi-finals on three occasions and said: “It is not frustration that I have not win this title, it has never meant to be. I have not come here to lose.”
Despite a heavy cold, Wade had enough to reach the last eight as he beat Jamie Caven 4-1. If it is going to be Wade’s year, he is going to have to beat the defending champion in the quarter finals.
Gary Anderson‘s title defence has been impressive so far and the Flying Scotsman dropped just one leg against 15th seed Vincent van der Voort in the last 16, averaging 101.58 and hitting five maximums.
Anderson said: “There is no point in trying to pretend, I was happy with
that performance. You know that you have to be at it right from the beginning of any match and, thankfully, I got going quickly.
“I’ve said from the beginning of this Championship that I would love to win
it again and I’m not just going to hand the trophy away.”
Anderson is 4/11 to reach the semi-final and you can back Wade at 19/10.
The match of the round could be the clash between fourth seed Peter Wright and fifth seed Adrian Lewis. Jackpot has yet to drop a set in this year’s championship and the 2011 and 2012 champion seems to have hit form at just the right time.
Wright defeated Dave Chisnall 4-3 in a high quality contest and looks good value at 21/20 to progress to the last four where he could meet the winner of the match between Jelle Klaasen and Alan Norris.
Klaasen shocked 16 time champion Phil Taylor 4-3, rattling off four straight legs to win the final set 4-2. Taylor admitted he was ‘not fit enough and not mentally right’ but credit should go to the Dutchman who averaged 102.52 in his win.
The 15th seed now plays the last remaining unseeded player in the tournament. It is Alan Norris’ debut in this event and after beating Robert Thornton in the first round he was too good for Mark Webster, winning 4-1. The Englishman is 21/10 to win while Klaasen is the 1/3 favourite.
The 2016 PDC World Championship quarter finals kick off at 1.15pm on Friday 1st January as Alan Norris takes on Jelle Klaasen. See all the odds here https://www.betbright.com/darts
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