Mensur Suljovic faces off against Peter Wright in the headline fixture of the World Grand Prix quarter-finals.

The Austrian who picked up his first major title in Cardiff last month will take on Wright for a place in the semi-finals on Friday evening.  The duo are the highest ranked players remaining in Dublin, and the victor will be firm favourite to make the final.
Between them Suljovic and Wright have won 3 of the last 4 PDC titles on offer, Rob Cross the only man to stop them from going 4 from 4.

Opening the evening will be Simon Whitlock vs Benito van de Pas. A resurgent Whitlock saw off debutant Richard North in round 2, and will compete with the young Dutchman who is in back to back Grand Prix quarter-finals. Both will feel there in with a strong shout of making it through after strong performances in round 2.

The victor of the first game will meet either Raymond van Barneveld or John Henderson. Barney has been in fine form in this event, seemingly finding his range with his newest set of darts. He’ll head into this one as favourite despite Henderson’s heroic antics in defeating Michael van Gerwen in round 1. Henderson saw off Norris 3-1 in round, and maybe, just maybe this is his year.

The final game of the evening will see 2015 Gran Prix champion Robert Thornton play premier league hopeful Daryl Gurney. Thornton only made the event due to Phil Taylor deciding not to play and the Scot is just 3 wins away from repeating his 2015 feat. Gurney, will be looking to build on his world series final appearance by at least matching that run here in Dublin. He’s currently competing with Price, K Anderson and D Webster amongst others for a Premier League spot next year and a good showing in a now diluted field certainly wouldn’t harm his chances.  However, the winner of this one will face Wright or Suljovic.

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Author: Jack Garwood