We run the rule over the mouthwatering Grand Slam semi-finals, as four of the world’s best aim to qualify for Sunday evening’s decider.
Michael van Gerwen vs Gerwyn Price
It’s the favourite against the reigning champion.
Both men scored similarly impressive wins over former world champs on Saturday night, but equally will feel they have another gear.
The Green Machine comes in as the hot favourite, looking to win back the title he last won in 2017. However, the Welshman is growing in confidence with every game, and is learning to harness his on-stage emotions and use them to his advantage.
Price has never beaten the Dutchman in 19 attempts (18 losses and one draw). Can he finally get one over the world’s top player?
In their own words…
Are there any weaknesses in Michael’s game? No. He put Adrian Lewis to the sword so early. Even when Adrian was hitting 180s, it just wasn’t enough. Michael was so relaxed yet so focused for long periods of the quarter-final.
Gerwyn Price goes up there and raises his game against MVG. He hasn’t gotten over the line in the past, but he has come close. I’m sure he will get there at some stage.
I can’t see why Gerwyn Price can’t win, but if Michael van Gerwen plays well, no one lives with him.
Glen Durrant vs Peter Wright
Glen Durrant continues to deliver upsets in his debut season in the PDC. After reaching semi-finals of the Matchplay and Grand Prix, he once again finds himself in the final four of a 2019 major, and he’ll be aiming to go at least one further.
Of course, Duzza is in Wolverhampton as the reigning BDO world champ, meaning any earnings won’t go towards his PDC Order of Merit haul, but that will count for little as he chases silverware.
Peter Wright has hit form in recent weeks. Snakebite hunts a first major title since his first and only triumph at the 2017 UK Open. Impressive wins over Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall will fill him with belief.
In their own words…
They’re two similar operators.
The way that Peter Wright has gone about his business this week has been in a similar fashion to what Phil Taylor has done his whole career.
Glen has been holding it together better than anyone. He’s not outplayed anyone on the treble bed, but he’s outplayed absolutely everyone on that double ring.
If you give Glen Durrant a chance, he has proven time and time again, he doesn’t have to be anywhere near his best to win. That is an art.
But I just think Peter Wright is playing consistently better than Glen Durrant.
Coverage of the Grand Slam of Darts concludes with a bumper double session on Sunday featuring both semi-finals on Sky Sports Action from 1pm and then the final on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm. Follow the action with us at www.skysports.com/darts or via @SkySportsDarts