Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney kick off the New Years’ Day evening session of the World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace in an enticing encounter.
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Both players displayed excellent form in Round 4, defeating Mervyn King and Vincent van der Voort respectively in relatively comfortable fashion.
Price is seen as the main contender to three-time champion Michael Van Gerwen reclaiming his World Championship crown, with “The Iceman” the only other player in the tournament to have single figure odds of winning at 7/2.
Price is 2/5 to beat Gurney and reach his second successive semi-final, with “Super Chin” priced at 2/1 to inflict an upset.
The forthcoming opponents drew both of their only meetings in 2020 at Premier League Darts, which of course is not a possible outcome in a knock-out tournament, but the signs are that it is likely to be a close encounter once again.
Gurney has won just three of 16 career meetings with Price, though, so I expect the World No. 3 to just edge it having looked fairly convincing against the in-form King on Wednesday.
There’s very little between the pair in terms of their averages and 180’s, but Price’s doubles are generally more reliable, with his 45.45% checkout rate so far during this year’s tournament very respectable. Indeed, of the players remaining in the tournament, only Van Gerwen’s is better.
We now move into best-of-nine sets, of course, with all of Price’s correct score markets offered at single figure odds. 5-2 to Price is considered the most likely outcome at 4/1, with 5-1 and 5-3 both 5/1, and 5-4 6/1. An Iceman white-wash is 8/1.
Gurney is much longer at 33/1 to inflict his own white-wash on Price, with the bookmakers considering his best chance of winning via the distance, with 5-4 priced at 8/1.
Whoever proves victorious will face Krzysztof Ratajski or Stephen Bunting in the semi-final, which represents an excellent chance of reaching a World Championship final for the first time in either player’s career.