The Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals take place on Monday evening as Simon Whitlock comes up against Jose de Sousa and James Wade takes on Dimitri van den Bergh (Match Betting – Whitlock 6/5, De Sousa 4/6).

Australian Whitlock produced a huge shock in the last eight by defeating Michael van Gerwen 16-15.

The Wizard’s win means a new name will be engraved on the Eric Bristow Trophy following this event, as all four semi-finalists are aiming to take the title for the first time.

“I feel on top of the world,” said Whitlock. “It’s incredible – I think this is my best victory I’ve ever had in darts.

“To beat Michael when he’s off his game is another thing, but to beat him when he’s playing well – which I thought he did today – is amazing.

“This is becoming a nice habit – I’ve won three on the trot now, but I’m playing good darts now.”

Standing in Whitlock’s way is De Sousa, who beat Michael Smith 16-14 to become the first Portuguese player to win through to a televised semi-final.

World number eight Wade, the highest ranked player left in the competition, reached the last four with a 16-14 success over Damon Heta.

Van den Bergh was taken to a decider by Nathan Aspinall as he fought back from 8-11 behind to claim a 16-15 win, winning the final two legs of the match.

Wade is 13/10 to win and Van den Bergh can be backed at 8/13.

The Belgian admits he needs to raise his levels further to reach the showpiece, but he heads into his clash with Wade in confident mood.

He said: “I lost the first three sessions 3-2 and went down 9-6, but I kept digging in and believing in myself.

“We didn’t perform the way we can but at least I have a chance to improve in the next round, and I will learn from this quarter-final. It’s a lesson for me but this week is going very well and I’m playing strong.”

Betfred have a number of specials for the Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals and Wade is 25/1 to hit the most 180s, while all four players to hit 10+ 180s is 66/1.

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Source: Darts – Betfred