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MVG faces toughest test yet

January 01, 2015 10:40:03 UK

Michael van Gerwen faces his fiercest test to date in the defence of his PDC World Darts Championship when he takes on Robert Thornton in the quarter-finals.

Mighty Mike has been comfortable in each of his three matches so far to get to the last eight, but his opponent this evening has yet to drop a set in the tournament.

Thornton ended the run of Benito Van de Pas in the last 16 after the Dutchman had knocked out two seeded players in Paul Nicholson and Dave Chisnall. This will be the Thorn’s first quarter-final appearance since he switched codes from the BDO in 2009.

Van Gerwen is second best in the outright market for the trophy at 3.40, with only Phil Taylor ahead of him at 2.37 and the top two seeds are still on course for a repeat of the 2013 final, where the Power came out on top 7-4.

In the other quarter-final contest this evening, Gary Anderson takes on compatriot Peter Wright – both players are previous runners-up in this event but no Scotsman has ever lifted the trophy.

Anderson had to come through a tight battle with Jelle Klaasen in the second round to remain in the competition. Both players averaged over 100 in one of the games of the tournament so far, but it was the Flying Scotsman who won the deciding set 4-3.

Wright, on the other hand, has yet to look troubled with impressive wins coming over Ronnie Huybrechts, and more recently, Andy Hamilton, who he dispatched 4-0.

The number five seed was beaten in the final by Van Gerwen 12 months ago, a run which ensured he played in the Premier League in 2014 where he finished fifth of the ten players involved.

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