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Barney unlikely to give Peter Wright much of a fright

World champ Rob Cross can surge past Suljovic

Rob Cross cuddles the William Hill World Darts Championship trophy
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Quarter-finals
ITV4, 1pm Sunday

P Wright v R van Barneveld
After a disappointing last-32 exit at the William Hill World Championship Peter Wright would have been keen to get back on track and he did just that with a commanding 10-5 win over Alan Norris in the first round of the Masters. 

Wright's three-dart average and checkout percentage were nothing special in that opening contest, and Raymond van Barneveld's win over Dave Chisnall boasted better numbers, but Snakebite wasn't hard pushed in that match and there is likely to be improvement to come. 

Snakebite is asked to give Barney a 1.5-leg start in this best-of-19-leg quarter-final and at 4-5 that looks a solid play.  

Recommendation
P Wright -1.5 legs
1pt 4-5 general

M Suljovic v R Cross
World champion Rob Cross could have been forgiven for a below-par performance against Ian White given it was his first match since being crowned king of darts, but there was no hint of Voltage failing to turn up and White was brushed aside 10-3.

Cross recorded a three-dart average of 102 average and hit 56 per cent of his doubles which proved too much for White, and a similar performance will likely have Mensur Suljovic struggling to keep tabs on the PDC supremo too. 

The Hastings man is on top of the darting world and backing Cross giving the Austrian a 2.5-leg start should prove profitable. 

Recommendation
R Cross -2.5 legs
1pt 8-13 general


G Price v G Anderson
Gerwyn Price continues his rise to top-level darts and the Welshman will be buzzing after a tasty first-round win over Daryl Gurney.

A near 99 three-dart average and 44 per cent checkout success rate saw the Iceman through and Price looks to be in the sort of form that saw him trouble Michael van Gerwen in the last-16 of the William Hill World Championship. 

On what we've seen in Milton Keynes you'd have to say Price's inclusion in the Betway Premier League seems to be helping spur the Iceman on to the next level and he looks a cool bet getting a 2.5-leg start.

Recommendation
G Price +2.5 legs
1pt Evs BetBright


M van Gerwen v J Wade
2017 wasn't a year to remember for James Wade but the Machine has bags of class and he can show that against Michael van Gerwen.

MVG is 1-12 shot to reach the semi-finals, and while you'd need a good imagination to see Wade getting the better off the Dutchman, you don't need to be Walt Disney to see the Aldershot arrowsmith winning at least four legs. 

The vibe surroundings Wade's practice before this event were good and that was evident in a 10-8 win over Simon Whitlock in the opening round. 

It's an 8-11 shot that the Machine can stay within the handicap and that looks an automatic bet.

Recommendation

J Wade +6.5 legs
2pts 8-11 bet365


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