GARY ANDERSON and Gerwyn Price will face-off in the quarter-finals of the Dafabet US Darts Masters in Las Vegas on Friday in their first meeting since the controversial 2018 Grand Slam of Darts final.
Anderson and Price both won through their opening games at the Mandalay Bay on Thursday to set up a highly-anticipated first clash between the pair since last November in Wolverhampton.
Anderson will be out to avenge his Grand Slam defeat to Price, but the two-time World Champion knows he faces a difficult task against the in-form Welshman.
"On paper he should win with the way he's playing," Anderson admitted to LiveDarts after his 6-4 win over Elliot Milk.
"But if he gets beat by an old-timer who's not played for a while then he'll be getting a shock.
"I don't know what's going to happen. I'm playing some good darts and some absolute trash so I've just got to work through it.
"I scraped through my first game, it was the first time I've been on stage in a while and I was nervous, my mouth felt dry and I haven't felt like that for a long, long time."
Price also ran out a 6-4 winner over Gary Mawson in round one of the Las Vegas event, exorcising any potential demons of his first round exit at last year's tournament.
Since landing his first televised title at the Grand Slam, the Welsh number one has enjoyed a superb 2019 to date, winning two ranking titles, while also hitting a nine-dart finish in Prague last weekend.
"I'm just going to go up there, do my own thing and play my own game no matter what, like I always do," Price told LiveDarts.
"I'm not going to go up there to try and perform to Gary or to anyone else, I've never done that.
"These are the sort of games that people want to see, it's why people pay their money and it's what sport is all about.
"It'll be a good game for the crowd and everyone watching at home, and I'm sure there will be plenty of people tuning in!"
The Dafabet US Darts Masters concludes on Friday, staring at 1200 local time, 2000 BST and will be shown on ITV4 in the UK, on DAZN in the USA, Canada and Brazil, through the PDC's broadcast partners worldwide and through video.pdc.tv for PDCTV-HD Worldwide Subscribers.