PDC European Championship 2015 – Quarter-Final Preview

It’s the final day at the European Championships, with the quarter-finals played this afternoon and the semi-finals and final this evening.

Here are my stats for the quarter-final matches.

Henderson vs Wright

John Henderson
• After the two matches played Henderson has the lowest average of the players left in the tournament.
• He is playing in his first TV ranking quarter-final since the World Grand Prix 2011. On that occasion he lost to Brendan Dolan who went to the final and also onto make history in the same tournament with the double start 9 darter.
• This is his 3rd ranking quarter-final of the season; he won the other two, one at a pro tour event and one on his way to the final of a euro tour event.
• Henderson has a 2-2 record against Wright, in both matches won by Henderson the score was 6-5.

Peter Wright
• Wright had the highest checkout % of second round matches, he took out 10 of his 16 double attempts against Huybrechts, including checking out 2 of the 3 darts he had to break throw which were crucial.
• Wright is playing in his 5th TV ranking quarter-final from the last 7 that have been played and he is making his 3rd appearance in the quarter-finals of the European Championships.
• The one and only time Wright has played Henderson on the big TV stage was at the UK Open earlier this year when Wright won comfortably 9-2 in the Last 16 on his way to the final.

van Gerwen vs Chisnall

Michael van Gerwen
• He hit the highest average of the tournament so far with his 106.81 against Reyes in round 2.
• He met Chisnall at this stage of the tournament last year and came through a 10-5 winner averaging a 111. The average number of darts thrown by MVG in legs he won in that match was 12.9 darts per leg.
• MVG does have a 19-8 win record against Chisnall including plenty of wins on the TV stage. He did lose their last two encounters, both on the pro tour at the end of September/early October.

Dave Chisnall
• Chisnall has averaged over 100 in both of his matches so far and has had the highest 180 total in both rounds, with 6 in the 1st round and 10 in the 2nd round.
• Chisnall has held his own throw 7 times and won against throw 9 times in the 16 legs he has won in the tournament so far.
• This will be his 9th PDC TV ranking event quarter-final appearance, he has lost in 6 of the previous 8, including at this stage in this tournament last year.

Anderson vs Klaasen

Gary Anderson
• His match winning legs in the opening two rounds were both won on checkouts of over 100. A 110 in his opening match vs Dolan and a 136 against Whitlock in the 2nd round.
• This Anderson’s 15th PDC TV ranking tournament quarter-final. He has won in the last 4 he has played.
• Anderson has won his last 5 matches against Klaasen, including a thrilling 4-3 win at the World Championships last December. Anderson was 3 sets to 1 down in that match.

Jelle Klaasen
• Klaasen has the highest tournament checkout % of the eight players left in the tournament; he has hit 51.6% of his doubles over the first two rounds.
• This is his 2nd consecutive appearance in a PDC TV ranking tournament quarter-final, having also reached this stage of the World Grand Prix. It is his 3rd consecutive appearance in the European Championship quarter-finals. He hasn’t gone past the quarter-finals in a TV ranking tournament since the European Championships in 2009.
• Having beaten former Premier League Champions van Barneveld and Wade in the opening two rounds Klaasen is now facing the reigning Premier League Champion Anderson. It is possible that if Klaasen were to win this tournament he might have to beat every player who has ever won the Premier League.

Lewis vs Taylor

Adrian Lewis
• Lewis finished very strongly in his second round match against Justin Pipe, after Pipe broke the Lewis throw to go 5-4 up Lewis was averaging 92, Lewis went on to win 6 of the remaining 8 legs, only missing 1 dart at a double in those 8 legs and upping his average to 101.
• Lewis defeated Taylor in their last meeting on TV; this was 10-9 at the Auckland Masters during the summer. Lewis was trailing 5-2 with Taylor averaging 113 and managed to turn the game around.

Phil Taylor
• Taylor has averaged over 100 in his opening two matches and also had 50% checkout stats in both matches also. 6 of his 10 legs won against Smith in the Last 16 were in 13 darts or less.
• Taylor has faced Lewis twice before at the European Championships, both of these came in the final, with Taylor winning 11-5 in 2008 and 11-8 in 2011.

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