De Zwaan can force Anderson into another marathon
Nine-dart Flying Scotsman needed 25 legs to beat Cullen
G Anderson v J de Zwaan
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It’s played three, won three for nine-dart hero Gary Anderson as he chases down his first World Matchplay title, but he has been pushed hard in every game and it could be the same story in the semi-finals.
The Flying Scotsman is up against the surprise package of the week, Jeffrey de Zwaan, at the Winter Gardens on Saturday night and there’s every reason to believe Anderson will again be forced into a marathon.
In round one Anderson beat Stephen Bunting 10-7. Two days later he pipped Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 and then on Thursday night, even with the help of a magical nine-darter, he needed overtime to see off the impressive Joe Cullen in an epic quarter-final.
He’s no lover of the Blackpool venue and maybe that explains his lack of killer instinct. Either way, he has offered his opponents hope at every opportunity and he won’t want to be giving De Zwaan any gifts. Back the young Dutchman on the handicap.
De Zwaan looks right at home on the big stage having seen off former world champions Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis before produced a 100-plus average to thrash Dave Chisnall.
He’s not showing any sign of nerves and their previous meeting, albeit on the floor, went to a deciding 11th leg.
J de Zwaan +3.5 legs
1pt 11-10 Coral
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