2015 Unibet PDC Darts Masters – Quarter-finals Preview

February 1st, 20150 Comments »

A selection of great matches in the first round, featuring the top players in the world, leaves the 2015 Unibet PDC Darts Masters with just 8 players, who will contest the quarter-finals. Big winners from the first round include the current world champion, Gary Anderson, who comfortably despatched Andy Hamilton 10-2 and Peter Wright, who breezed past Brendan Dolan 10-1.

There were also first round victories for Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall, James Wade and Michael van Gerwen, who all progressed to the quarter-final stage with a minimum of fuss. In a slightly closer encounter, Raymond van Barneveld defeated Simon Whitlock, despite the Australian’s tremendous 167 checkout in the first leg of the match. However, from that stage on, van Barneveld was always in control and never looked like losing.

The big upset of the first round came as Terry Jenkins defeated Phil Taylor 10-7. Jenkins pulled in to a 5 set lead early on and this was too much for Taylor to overturn, who was struggling to hit crucial doubles, especially throughout the early stages of the match.

Adrian Lewis vs Peter Wright

Both Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright make easy work of their first round matches and will have picked up some confidence in progressing to the quarter-final stage. Lewis enjoyed a good start to 2014 and cemented it by winning the UK Open, scoring an impressive 109.13 in the final. Having said that, the remainder of the year, which promised much, failed to deliver and Lewis suffered early defeats in tournaments such as the Grand Slam of Darts and World Grand Prix. Moving in to 2015 and Lewis failed to reach, at least the quarter-final stage, of the World Championship for the first time since 2009 but enjoyed a straight-forward win in first round of this tournament.

Peter Wright, following on from his 2014 World Championship final appearance, was somewhat unlucky not to make it out of the group stages of the Premier League. The Scot did make the final of a number of tournaments after this, including the European Darts Open, where he defeated Simon Whitlock in the final to lift the trophy. Despite going out of the 2015 World Championship at the quarter-final stage to Gary Anderson, Wright played well up until that point but could not cope with the strength of the eventual winner.

Wright is available at 7/4 with PaddyPower to win this match and despite a poor recent record against Lewis, has what it takes to defeat him. In what is sure to be a close match, Wright is 10/1 with PaddyPower to come out on top 10-8.

Gary Anderson vs James Wade

The 2015 world champion, Gary Anderson, should be starting the 2015 PDC tour with great confidence and won his first round match easily enough. However, the quality of the match was not great and Anderson seemed to be struggling with his doubles, which resulted in a match average of below 90. The Scot seemed relieved just to get the match over with.

James Wade, the defending champion, got off to a great start by taking the first 5 legs in his match against Mervyn King, who reached the final here in 2014. Only Dave Chisnall came through the first round with a better average than Wade, who is showing signs of being back to his best.

This could set alarm bells ringing for Anderson, who now has the added pressure of being the current world champion, every time he takes to the oche in 2015. It remains to be seen if this will play on Anderson’s mind, to the detriment of his game but Wade will be viewing this match as way to make a big statement for the year ahead.

James Wade is 13/8 with Coral to defeat Gary Anderson and move on to a potential meeting in the semi-finals with either Terry Jenkins or Raymond van Barneveld. Therefore, if Wade can overcome Anderson, there is no reason ‘The Machine’ can not go all the way to the final. Wade is 10/3 with SkyBet to reach the final of the 2015 PDC Unibet Masters.

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