Peter Wright cast aside any question marks over a big decline in form after a disappointing Premier League campaign.
Simon Whitlock had a dire start to 2019, and although his form has picked up a little in the last couple of months, he is not playing at the level that makes him a favourite to be relied on in this match.
Daryl Gurney has established himself as one of the top performers in the PDC and his displays in reaching the semi-finals of the Premier League backed this up.
Jonny Clayton will be keen to improve on his poor performance here in 2018 and although he could have certainly had a tougher draw this time out, it is still potentially a difficult game against a player who will see just participating in this tournament as a bonus due to his last-gasp qualification.
West Coast Eagles lost a one-point thriller with rivals Collingwood Magpies last week but their spot in the finals is not at risk and they can move another step closer to securing that place with a win here.
Western Bulldogs have the finals in their sights and another win here to make it four in a row will really put them right in contention.
South Africa have made the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history but will come up against the most successful side of all time in Australia who are attempting to win the competition for a fourth straight time.
In a repeat of the 2015 World Cup semi-final, hosts England will be out for revenge against New Zealand as they bid to make the final for the first time.
Geelong returned to winning ways last week as they consolidated their spot at the top of the ladder and will have to be on their guard this week as they host a Hawthorn side that need to win to stay in finals contention.
Fremantle are in the midst of a four-match losing streak which has come at a bad time with the race to the finals becoming very intense.
Scotland have been one of the big disappointments at this World Cup and even a win here in their 11-12 match with Barbados will not mask how poor they have been.
These two teams will head into this game with contrasting feelings with Jamaica feeling they have underachieved in the competition whilst Zimbabwe have overachieved.
Northern Ireland could have been looking at a game in the 5-8 semi-finals if a couple of close games had gone their way but instead they will have to face Trinidad and Tobago in the 9-10 match.
Malawi and Uganda will both have their eyes on finishing as high as possible in the World Cup with anything less than a place in the 5-6 match potentially deemed as a failure for either nation.