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World Darts Championship day 14 preview: The stage is set for quarter-finals

The PDC World Darts Championship started on 15th December with 96 players going to post and now there's only three days of action left in the competition and eight players still in with a chance of lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy.

What: PDC World Darts Championship quarter-finals 
Where: Alexandra Palace, London 
When: 12:45, Sunday, January 1st 2023 
How to watch: Sky Sports Darts 
Odds: Michael van Gerwen 21/20, Michael Smith 10/3, Gerwyn Price 9/2, Jonny Clayton 10/1, Dimitri van den Bergh 18/1, Stephen Bunting 20/1, Chris Dobey 28/1, Gabriel Clemens 55/1

The new year is going to start with a bang - three days of tungsten pyrotechnics which will end with Peter Wright's World Championship title being handed to somebody else. 

Wright surrendered his crown in a 4-1 third-round defeat to Kim Huybrechts, so a new name will be lifting the silverware. 

In the group of eight left at Alexandra Palace, only two of them have won the PDC World Championship before. Michael van Gerwen is the 21/20 tournament favourite. 

Van Gerwen has been Alexandra Palace champion three times and Mighty Mike is desperate to edge closer to Raymond van Barneveld as the most successful Dutchman of all time. 

Barneveld won four BDO World Championships and one PDC one, so has set the bar at five for Van Gerwen to chase.

Gerwyn Price is the other former Ally Pally champion left in the draw. The Welshman won the 2021 edition when spectators were not allowed into the event. 

Price is 9/2 to win a second title - this time with hordes of noisy darts fans in attendance. Sandwiched between Van Gerwen and Price in the outright betting is Michael Smith, who has twice finished as PDC World Championship runner-up. 

Smith has lacked the composure to finish the job in the past, losing 7-3 to Michael van Gerwen in the 2019 final and 7-5 to Peter Wright last year, but he has since gone on to land a first major - the Grand Slam of Darts.

Smith is 10/3 to draw on his Grand Slam of Darts success and make it third time lucky in a World Championship final. 

This is the fourth time he has made the quarter-finals. Van Gerwen, Smith and Price dominate the market, with Jonny Clayton, Dimitri van den Bergh, Stephen Bunting, Chris Dobey and Gabriel Clemens completing the quarter-finals line-up. 

Clayton is a former Premier League champion, Bunting won the BDO World Championship in 2014, while the 2020 World Matchplay is the biggest title on Van den Bergh's CV. 

Dobey and Clemens are the outsiders of the party. Dobey is a 32-year-old who has never won a major title and he has got to the World Championship quarter-finals for the first time. 

Clemens has become the first German to ever make it this far in the World Championship. The 39-year-old has never got as far as this in any PDC major. He is the 55/1 outsider. 

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Order of play

Dimitri van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton (12:45) 

Quarter-finals day starts with Dimitri van den Bergh meeting Jonny Clayton - an enigmatic Belgian against a phlegmatic Welshman. Clayton has been handed favouritism, with an 8/13 quote, while Van den Bergh can be backed at 13/10

Clayton is a 48-year-old who has never made a big impression in the World Championship. This is the first time he has got to the quarter-finals. Van den Bergh is a twice losing quarter-finalist.

Michael Smith v Stephen Bunting (approximately 14:15) 

Match two sees Michael Smith start as overwhelming 3/10 favourite against Stephen Bunting. 

Smith averaged 103.25 in his 4-1 fourth-round victory over Joe Cullen, so Bully Boy takes a lot of confidence into the quarters. 

Bunting also won his fourth-round contest 4-1 - against Luke Humphries. Bunting, 5/2 to beat Smith, lost 6-4 to Gerwyn Price in the 2021 semi-finals. This is Bunting's third PDC World Championship quarter-final appearance.

Gerwyn Price v Gabriel Clemens (19:45) 

World number one Gerwyn Price has had to deal with the boo-boys again at Alexandra Palace - the Welshman suffers more than any other player at the hands of rogues in the audience - but he has shrugged off the abuse to advance to the quarter-finals for the fourth consecutive year. 

Price is 1/5 to advance past Gabriel Clemens. There have been some German supporters in the crowd this week who will be hoping the 7/2 outsider can topple the 2021 champion.

Michael van Gerwen v Chris Dobey (21:15) 

Quarter-finals day closes with Michael van Gerwen the 1/6 favourite to account for Chris Dobey, who can be backed at 4/1 for a major upset. 

Van Gerwen has averaged more than 100 in all three of his World Championship matches so far. Dobey beat Van Gerwen for the first time in the European Championship in October.

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