World Matchplay Darts – Day Seven Preview
Friday night at the Winter Gardens will see the conclusion of the quarter-finals with James Wade facing Mensur Suljovic the conqueror of Gary Anderson and 15 time Matchplay champion Phil Taylor against Dave Chisnall.
Last night saw Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen booking their places in the semi-finals. Wright winning comfortably against Gerwyn Price and van Gerwen coming through a very tough match against Ian White who certainly didn’t go down without a fight.
Here are my previews for tonights games.
• Wade is through to his 10th consecutive quarter-final at the World Matchplay, never exiting the tournament earlier than this round in all his previous appearances.
• In his 9 previous appearances in the quarter-finals Wade has won 7 out of 9 matches, losing to Whitlock (2014) and Baxter (2009). This is a 77.8% win percentage.
• Wade has now reached at least the quarter-final or better in 11 of his last 13 ranking tournaments stretching back to mid-March.
• This will be the third quarter-final from the last five major TV ranking tournaments he has competed in, having reached the last 8 at the 2014 and 2015 UK Open’s.
• Suljovic defeated Wade in their previous TV major meeting when he won 4-2 (sets) at the World Championship in December 2010. He also won their last meeting earlier this month, and does lead their head to head by 3 wins to 2.
• This will be the eighth ranking event quarter-final for Suljovic this season; from the previous seven he has only reached the semi-final on one occasion (at the German Darts Championship beating Thornton).
• This will be Taylor’s 20th appearance in the quarter-finals from 22 appearances in the tournament. He has won 17 of his 19 matches played at this stage of the competition.
• Taylor’s last exit in the World Matchplay quarter-final was in 2005 to John Part. Since then he has won 9 straight quarter-finals matches with his opponents averaging less than 7 legs. His average over those 9 matches is 102.5.
• Taylor will be playing his 96th match at the World Matchplay and will be looking to make it 90 wins in the tournament.
• Chisnall has now reached the World Matchplay quarter-finals in three consecutive years from his five appearances at the event.
• This is his eighth appearance in a TV major ranking tournament since he moved to the PDC. He has only won two of the seven previous quarter-finals matches (2013 Grand Prix vs van Gerwen, 2012 UK Open vs van Barneveld).
• Although Chisnall has the losing record on their head to head record, he has defeated Taylor in two of their last three meetings.