DRAW: World Series of Darts Finals 2017!

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Top seed Gary Anderson faces a potential showdown against Mensur Suljovic at the World Series of Darts Finals this weekend, whilst Michael van Gerwen will begin his title defence against either Adrian Lewis or Max Hopp at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena.

The season-ending tournament follows the seven worldwide events staged throughout 2017, and the eight seeded players, based on the year’s final World Series Order of Merit, will enter the tournament at the second-round stage on Saturday evening, with the first-round taking place on Friday.

However, Michael van Gerwen’s bid for a third successive World Series of Darts Finals title could begin with a clash against two-time world champion Adrian Lewis. The world number five will take on former World-Youth champion Max Hopp in Friday’s opening-round, for the right to take on ‘Mighty Mike’ for a place in the quarter-finals.

Top seed Gary Anderson will play either Mensur Suljovic or his protégé Chris Dobey on home soil. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ topped the Order of Merit following his triumphs in Dubai and Perth, but he could face a difficult opening against Suljovic in a repeat of the Champions League of Darts final back in September, which the Darts-Control man won.

Peter Wright will be hoping to continue the best year of his career in Glasgow this weekend. The UK Open champion, who prevailed in the recent German Darts Masters a fortnight ago, will meet the winner of the first-round clash between four-time major finalist Dave Chisnall or World Series debutant Justin Pipe.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld could potentially face Michael Smith in his opening tie. The legendary Dutchman, who is the only player to have competed in all 26 World Series events since its inception, will clash against either Smith or Belgian hot-shot Dimitri van den Bergh for a spot in Sunday’s last eight.

Elsewhere, Simon Stevenson and Jan Dekker will battle it out for the right to take on James Wade, whilst sixth seed Daryl Gurney could meet Simon Whitlock in a repeat of last month’s World Grand Prix Final. However, Whitlock must first overcome former Lakeside world champion Mark Webster in a tasty-looking tussle.

Auckland Darts Masters winner Kyle Anderson could lock horns with European Championship finalist Rob Cross, after ‘Voltage’ was pitted against in-form Welshman Jonny Clayton, who clinched his maiden Pro Tour in Barnsley back in October.

Finally, reigning World-Youth champion Corey Cadby faces former Lakeside world champion and stablemate Jelle Klaasen in another enthralling first-round contest. The winner of that showdown will lock horns with UK Open finalist and eighth seed Gerwyn Price.

The full draw and tournament bracket can be viewed below, and the action gets underway live on ITV4 from 7pm on Friday evening.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals
Tournament Draw Bracket

Gary Anderson (1) v Chris Dobey/Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price (8) v Corey Cadby/Jelle Klaasen
James Wade (5) v Simon Stevenson/Jan Dekker
Raymond van Barneveld (4) v Michael Smith/Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Max Hopp/Adrian Lewis
Kyle Anderson (7) v Jonny Clayton/Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney (6) v Mark Webster/Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright (3) v Justin Pipe/Dave Chisnall

First Round Draw
Chris Dobey v Mensur Suljovic
Corey Cadby v Jelle Klaasen
Simon Stevenson v Jan Dekker
Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Max Hopp v Adrian Lewis
Jonny Clayton v Rob Cross
Mark Webster v Simon Whitlock
Justin Pipe v Dave Chisnall

Friday November 3 (7pm)
First Round x8
Simon Stevenson v Jan Dekker
Justin Pipe v Dave Chisnall
Max Hopp v Adrian Lewis
Michael Smith v Dimitri Van Den Bergh
Corey Cadby v Jelle Klaasen
Mark Webster v Simon Whitlock
Chris Dobey v Mensur Suljovic
Jonny Clayton v Rob Cross

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