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PDC World Championship Stephen Bunting ready for Raymond van Barneveld at World Championships

​Stephen Bunting has promised to come out fighting when he faces Raymond van Barneveld at the PDC World Championship on Friday.

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The 29-year-old set up the quarter-final clash with the Dutchman on Tuesday by beating Michael Smith 4-2, Bunting racing into a 3-0 lead before securing victory with double 16.

Van Barneveld was already waiting for Bunting in the last eight by that point after seeing off the challenge of Adrian Lewis 4-3 in a tense battle that saw the latter hit a nine-dart finish.

Bunting knows the vastly experienced Van Barneveld will provide a tough test, but aims to put pressure on his rival by starting well.

"You know what you get with Raymond, he"s five-time world champion," Bunting told Sky Sports News.

"He's a fantastic player, great scorer. I've just got to make sure that I get on top of him early and try to bully the game away.

"That"s been the key to my success in the last few years and I'm just going to continue to do so."

Bunting moved to the PDC earlier this year after winning the BDO world title in January, and would become the first player to hold both titles simultaneously if he goes all the way at Alexandra Palace.

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