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Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen featured in the evening session of the quarter-finals

Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen featured in the evening session of the quarter-finals

Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price will fight for the World Darts Championship title, according to Wayne Mardle.

Both players are in the last eight, which is live on Sky Sports main event on January 1, and Mardle believes they will reach the final on Tuesday.

However, they will both have to go through tough quarter-final matches in the new year before that.

Three-time world champion Van Gerwen, world number 1 Price and two-time runner-up Michael Smith are among the New Year’s Day headliners at Alexandra Palace.

Price and Van Gerwen headline the evening session, with draws against Gabriel Clemens and Chris Dobey respectively.

Best of the action from the evening session of Day 13 at the World Darts Championship

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Best of the action from the evening session of Day 13 at the World Darts Championship

Best of the action from the evening session of Day 13 at the World Darts Championship

In the afternoon session, Dimitri Van den Bergh takes on Jonny Clayton and Michael Smith takes on Stephen Bunting.

Mardle’s said: “I predicted a Price vs Van Gerwen final at the start, but Gerwyn knows he will have to play better.

“Gabriel will push it, but I guess Gerwyn will respond. I’ll assume until he doesn’t.”

Webster: Dobey can capitalize on MVG’s slip-ups

Mark Webster thinks Van Gerwen will win the title if he plays his best darts.

Webster said: “Michael will have to underperform, but I was so impressed with Dobey against Cross.

“I have never seen such a consistent level of performance from him on the big stage.

“If Michael plays like he can, he’ll lift the title. If he doesn’t, the players can mop up, and Dobey is one of them.”

The Dutchman has been in top form during the tournament. He passed Lewy Williams, Mensur Suljovic and Dirk van Duijvenbode in the opening laps to tie Dobey.

Heading into the last eight, Van Gerwen is down just three sets, and he believes if he continues to play like he has, he has a good chance of winning his fourth world championship.

“I feel good and that everything is possible in this world championship. If I play like this, I’m not going to lose. Something strange has to happen to me, on a day off or something, for me not to win not my matches,” he said.

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Clemens: I can beat Price!

On the other side of the table, Price faces a tough tie against Clemens, who is the first German to reach the last eight.

The German world number one thinks Price will be the favorite but feels he was in good form before the game.

He said: “He’ll be the favourite, but I’ve had three good matches on stage with him and I’ve beaten him before, so it’s all about taking your chance.

The Love The Darts team discuss who their favorites are for this year's World Darts Championship and also who they think will be the player to watch

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The Love The Darts team discuss who their favorites are for this year’s World Darts Championship and also who they think will be the player to watch

The Love The Darts team discuss who their favorites are for this year’s World Darts Championship and also who they think will be the player to watch

“I hope I can put some pressure on him. It’s not easy to play against the world No. 1. It’s my first time playing in the quarter-finals of the Worlds, so I hope I can offer him a good match, and maybe I can win, why not!?”

Price hasn’t been at his best at Ally Pally this year, but showed why he’s world number one in previews.

After beating Jose de Sousa in the fourth round, Price said: “I just wanted to win – no matter the performance.

“I was fighting against myself, against Jose, but I felt comfortable throughout the game. I thought I was going to win the game, it was only a matter of time.

“I knew how good I could play. I knew I wasn’t playing at my best, but when opportunities arose, I took them.”

Both Chris Dobey and Dirk van Duijvenbode unscrewed in

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Chris Dobey and Dirk van Duijvenbode both unscrewed in “The Big Fish” on day 13

Chris Dobey and Dirk van Duijvenbode both unscrewed in “The Big Fish” on day 13

Mardle predicts nine darts | Bunting: Kill me at your peril!

In the January 1 morning session, Clayton takes on Van den Bergh, while Smith plays Bunting.

Clayton showed all his experience against Josh Rock to overcome an epic seven-setter, while Van den Bergh beat fellow Belgian Kim Huybrechts 4-0.

Both Smith and Bunting were in fine form on Friday beating Joe Cullen and Luke Humphries 4-1.

All four players are in good form at Ally Pally and without a clear favorite the afternoon session could produce another epic.

Bunting thinks he played some of his best darts at world championships.

Bunting: “If you want to play your best darts, this is the place to play. I was watching this afternoon and people were like, ‘Can I do it again?’

Wayne Mardle thinks we'll see a nine-dart finish at this year's World Darts Championship

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Wayne Mardle thinks we’ll see a nine-dart finish at this year’s World Darts Championship

Wayne Mardle thinks we’ll see a nine-dart finish at this year’s World Darts Championship

“I prepared so hard for this tournament, locked myself in, bruised myself and fought hard for the big scores. I am a danger to anyone in this tournament. Eliminate me at your risk and perils!”

This year’s tournament saw epic matchups, a record number of maximums and two Big Fish. But no one has yet been able to produce a nine darter, and Mardle believes that will be the case during the quarter-finals.

“We didn’t see a nine darter today. I keep saying it’s Michael Smith. We’re going to see one,” he said.

“These players making breakthroughs in the rankings, there are a lot of big games coming up, and those games will set a lot of players up for what’s to come in the new year.”

Watch the PDC World Darts Championship 2023 – live on Sky Sports Darts – until the final on January 3.

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