PDC World Darts Championship: Lewis and Van Gerwen take centre stage at Ally Pally

Last Updated: 28/12/13 10:47pm

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Adrian Lewis plays his third round match at Alexandra Palace on Saturday

Adrian Lewis plays his third round match at Alexandra Palace on Saturday

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Tournament favourites Adrian Lewis and Michael Van Gerwen take centre stage at the PDC World Darts Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The duo, who have emerged as the men to beat at Alexandra Palace following the early exit of Phil Taylor, are both involved in third-round action.

Saturday's games:

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Last 16:
Adrian Lewis v Mervyn King
James Wade v Devon Petersen
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Evening Session (7pm)
Ian White v Simon Whitlock
Wes Newton v Peter Wright

Two-time world champion Lewis kicks off the afternoon session as he takes on 2009 semi-finalist Mervyn King.

Lewis has looked in excellent form thus far and dropped just one set in seeing off the challenges of Denis Smith and Vincent Van der Voort.

The Stoke thrower heads into the contest as a warm favourite with the layers, Sky Bet making him a 1/7 shot to advance, while King is as big as 9/2 to pull off what would be a shock victory.

James Wade is next up as he goes head-to-head with surprise South African package Devon Petersen.

A 500/1 outsider at the start of the tournament, Petersen has lit up this year's event with his darts, smile and dance moves and set up the showdown with Wade after a superb 4-1 success over Justin Pipe.

However, it would come as major shock if the South African could upset the odds once again with Sky Bet chalking up Wade as a 1/6 favourite, while Peterson heads in as a 4/1 shot.

Last year's beaten finalist Van Gerwen completes the afternoon schedule as he faces off against Scotland's Gary Anderson.

After breezing past Zoran Lerchbacher and Kevin McDine with consummate ease, the Dutchman looks to have a much tougher assignment on his hands as he takes on the Flying Scotsman.

But Van Gerwen still remains a strong favourite to come through with the bookmakers, Sky Bet offering just 1/6 on a win for MVG with Anderson available at 4/1.

Whitlock in action

The evening session sees the start of the quarter-final action in north London.

Ian 'Diamond' White, who fought back to edge Richie Burnett in the last 16, has the difficult task of trying to knock out World No 4 Simon Whitlock in the first to five sets.

The 2011 runner-up from Australia is the highest-ranked player left in the top-half of the draw.

Cheshire thrower White is a 12/5 outside bet to cause an upset while Whitlock is 1/3 on to reach the last four.

The other match pits two in-form players as Wes Newton battles Peter 'Snakebite' Wright.

Newton dismantled Robert Thornton in the last round and he will be playing at this stage of the competition for the third time in four years.

Meanwhile, Wright was left exhausted after a thrilling victory over Phil Taylor's conqueror Michael Smith on Friday night, but is still 8/15 to progress while 'The Warrior' can be backed at 6-4.

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