When? Thursday 17th May
Where? The O2, London
What channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action
Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Are tickets still available? www.axs.com
Michael Smith 3-9 Gary Anderson
Good pals Michael Smith and Gary Anderson will put their friendship to one side as they battle to win a place in the final. In their two meetings during the league phase they each won one match, though Smith’s win against Anderson on night one of the campaign was when the Scotsman was suffering from a back complaint and that was Smith’s first win against Anderson since 2014. Anderson gained his revenge for that defeat when he averaged over 110 in hammering Smith 7-2 later on in the season.
Although Smith finished higher in the league table than Anderson and was more consistent over the course of the league phase, he never peaked at the same levels as Anderson did and of course the extra experience of having won this tournament twice goes in Anderson’s favour whilst Smith has yet to win a big TV title.
Smith has been suffering with pleurisy over the past couple of weeks which is hardly ideal heading into a massive night of play-off action. Even a fully-fit Smith would struggle to defeat Anderson on the big stage. The Flying Scotsman is unlikely to go easy on his friend and should book his place in the final.