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PDC Belgian Darts Championship continues today

The Belgian Darts Championship culminates today with some great games coming up.

Sunday March 1
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)
Third Round

Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith

MVG seems to have the upper hand on Michael Smith of late and I see no difference here. In a game of first to 6 though you can never count Smith out as when he starts hitting hes so dangerous. But even with his 9 dart leg at the Premier League I cant see him being any different to his modus operandi and will take a few legs to get going, but by that stage against Mighty Mike, that will be too much to claw back. Unless MVG is on his C game MVG wins this.

Mervyn King v Martijn Kleermaker

Merv King plays really really well when hes on, when hes off, he blames sciatica and injuries and anything else he can think off. King is no doubt a better player than Kleermaker, but not always the best player wins. King to win in a struggle.

Peter Wright v Danny Noppert

If the Peter Wright that turned up in Dublin turns up here today, he gets mugged by Noppy. Going with Noppert. 6-5 in a last leg decider.

Krzysztof Ratajski v Rob Cross

Somehow I think Ratajski wins this game and it’s about time he took floor game to stage game. Cross is not really doing anything of late, is this his chance to get back into the last 4 of a competition? Always seems to crop up again and again after going missing for a while. He looks to be getting use to his weight loss. Polish Eagle to win 6-4.

Dirk van Duijvenbode v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Two Dutch men pair off for this last 16 tie and it would be a brave man to be betting on either. Really this one is a coin toss. I’ll go with Dirk just because.

James Wade v Nathan Aspinall

James Wade has been on a downward trajectory in the rankings and unless he goes well over this year, will be losing a lot more than money, will be losing his ranking and therefore automatic qualification for a lot of tournaments…he has to knuckle down now. Aspinall is riding on a crest of a wave, beating the World Champ during the week at the PL in Dublin. Aspinall to win 6-3.

Gerwyn Price v Jamie Hughes

This game looks like being a great game if form from yesterday has anything to go by. Hughes has been quietly going about his business and in complete opposite Price has been as loud as ever in his matches and confident in his interviews. Is it time for a 100+ average game from Tiptons Jamie Hughes. Going with Price 6-4.

Mensur Suljovic v Steve West

Last up we have the Austrian Mensur Suljovic versus Steve Simply West. Steve West is such a consistent scorer in the trebles but we all know his doubles let him down a bagful at times. He should have won some competitions in the PDC already but for double trouble taking him out of games he should be winning. Suljovic is the opposite, winning games with big checkouts and stealing games whilst players are an out, he bangs in 100+ checkouts and is so dangerous on D14. So who wins this one? Going with Westie to get through this round. 6-4.

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)

All games up to, and including, the quarter-finals, are the best of 11 legs. The semi-finals are the best of 13 legs and the final is the best of 15 legs.

PDC World Championship Semi Finals tonight

Well here we are at the penultimate round of the PDC World Championship tonight and we have two great match ups to look forward to.

Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price

Peter Wright hasn’t lit up Ally Pally as yet with some stuttering wins, but a win is a win as they say. He dispatched Luke Humphries 5-3 in the quarter finals and did just enough. Seems he is keeping his powder dry for the final? He will need to get all his guns ablaze tonight as Gerwyn Price is coming through like a train. Price demolished Durrant with a 5-1 scoreline but it kind of flattered the Welsh man. Durrant missed too many doubles and set up shots to ever trouble Price after he went 3-1 up, Durrant looked dead and buried. Price plays well one game, average the next, so can we expect a good one this time? I think so, Price can see the winning line and has that focus of a primed competitor ready to strike. Unfortunately for Wright fans, we just dont know what darts he will turn up with, never mind what form he will be in. Price is the measured bet here, but you just can’t write Snakebite off.

Michael van Gerwen vs Nathan Aspinall

MVG has ruffled a few feathers on his way to the semi final stage this year. Not been at his best and still winning games with a 99 odd average. Darius Labanauskas could have made it 4-3 but for missed doubles last night but MVG wasnt really even interested. He let it slip while interviewed after that he was bored, and maybe that’s the secret, slow play him to boredom… MVG last night went for 141 whilst on 400 required to try and put off Labanauskas whilst he was on a 9 darter, just disrespectful in my opinion. Aspinall has been stellar throughout each round and dispatched Van Den Bergh 5-3 in the quarter final stage. The UK Open and US Masters Champion in 2019, he knows how to win and I do hope he doesnt get overawed by the occasion. MVG interviewed yesterday and tried the mind games again, saying that Aspinall looks up to him – I suspect not, as MVG isn’t a role model for anybody, he has some personality traits that you would not want to mimic, the 141 above as an example. On the other hand Aspinall is nothing but gracious in winning and losing check out his pre tournament interview.

I expect this to be close, but The Green Machine will win out with two of his sets being 108+ in average.