We have reached our final eight.
Last year’s champion Peter Wright, who opened his tourney dressed as the Grinch, is out, as is Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Glenn Durrant, Dimitri van den Bergh and James Wade, who posted the tournament’s only nine-darter before exiting this year’s event.
Two times world champ Gary Anderson and three times Ally Pally winner Michael van Gerwen remain, as does Gerwyn Price meaning two of the three pre-tournament favourites are still in the chase.
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That trio are joined by Poland’s first ever World Championship quarter finalist Krysztof Ratajski, the Aubergenius Dirk van Duijvenbode, Superchin Daryl Gurney and St Helens pair Stephen Bunting and Dave Chisnall.
A look ahead to the final eight
Friday’s play opens at midday when the Polish Eagle takes on Stephen Bunting before the Flying Scotsman, who this week hit out at the oche gamesmanship of his opponents, plays what is sure to be a fascinating contest against van Duijvenbode.
The evening session opens with the Iceman facing off against Daryl Gurney and closes with Mighty Michael van Gerwen’s match against Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall.
The favourites, by a clear distance, are Michael van Gerwen, who is an odds-on 4/5 and 7/2 shot Gerwyn Price. MVG is looking for his fourth world title while Gerwyn Price is seeking to become Wales’ first ever world champion.
Dave Chisnall is the only other member of the world’s top ten left in the hunt, while Dirk van Duijvenbode is the only non-seed remaining.
It’s been a weird season in all for MVG. He has won titles, two in fact – the UK Open and the Players Championship – but he has been largely off form. He even, for the first time in four years, failed to win the Darts Premier League.
That said, most of his rivals would be happy with such a tally for the season.
Mighty Mike survived a scare in his previous match when Joe Cullen missed numerous bull shots to win the match and let the Dutchman off the hook.
He now moves on to Chizzy where he is the overwhelming favourite to progress to the next round and ultimately Sunday’s final.
One player who had his strongest year in the game this season, and who was 2020’s top performer, is Gerwyn Price. Indeed, the Iceman a favourite of many to win the tournament after a very good second half of the season.
In the best form of his career, the Welshman is the well-fancied second favourite and should, if all goes to plan, meet Mighty Mike in a final to remember come Sunday in North London. If he wins that, he will become the new world number one.
First though, Price faces a very tough test in former world number three Daryl Gurney. Superchin has also had a 2020 to forget, dropping out of the world’s top ten and winning two games in televised knockout tournaments since March prior to stepping out at the Alexandra Palace. The Northern Irishman could well upset the odds here and an epic match is to be expected.
You can never ever rule out the class of Gary Anderson. The Flying Scotsman was full of fighting talk following his victory over Devon Peterson where, in another explosive post-match interview, he lashed out at TV commentators for siding with Mensur Suljovic over his slow rolling.
The man from Musselburgh may have ruled out talk of retirement but it’s hard to believe that he is still enjoying his arrows. However, he is still good enough to win this tourney and, if the World Matchplay is anything to go by, can make it to the final effortlessly.
Next up for Gary is the seriously impressive Aubergenius Dirk van Duijvenbode, who has already dismissed former World Champion Rob Cross and reigning Premier League champion Glen Durrant.
Elsewhere, Krzysztof Ratajski, who saw off Ryan Joyce and Simon Whitlock in straight sets, is looking very good while his quarter final rival Stephen Bunting is a tricky opponent for anyone and will fancy his chances of reaching his first ever PDC World Darts Championship semi final.
2021 PDC World Darts Championships Betting Odds (bet365)
- Michael van Gerwen (4/5)
- Gerwyn Price (7/2)
- Krzysztof Ratajski (10/1)
- Gary Anderson (12/1)
- Dirk van Duijvenbode (14/1)
- Dave Chisnall (16/1)
- Daryl Gurney (20/1)
- Stephen Bunting (33/1)
Friday January 1
Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)
- Krzysztof Ratajski v Stephen Bunting
- Gary Anderson v Dirk van Duijvenbode
- Gerwyn Price v Daryl Gurney
- Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
SATURDAY JANUARY 2
Semi-Finals (Best of 11 sets)
- Michael van Gerwen OR Dave Chisnall V Gary Anderson OR Dirk van Duijvenbode
- Krzysztof Ratajski OR Stephen Bunting V Gerwyn Price OR Daryl Gurney
SUNDAY JANUARY 3
Final (Best of 13 sets)
- Winner Semi Final 1 v Winner Semi Final 2
QUICK GLANCE AT THE 2021 PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London
Dates: Friday 15.12.2020 to Wednesday 03.01.2021
Format: Best of 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 sets
Current Champion: Peter Wright
Where To Watch: Sky Sports Darts
When To Watch: (1230, 1900 GMT)