Monday, December 6, 2021

2021 World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips And Predictions

The PDC heads to Leicester this weekend for the latest renewal of the World Grand Prix Darts event which, for the second year in a row, cannot take place in Ireland as it normally does.

Last year, thanks to you know what, the event was unable to take place at the Citywest in Dublin and was held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. This year, once again, the Emerald Ireland is still off limits, so the 32 player field is off to the Morningside Arena instead.

The famous double start tournament – where players must open up AND finish each leg on a double – is the third oldest tournament on the PDC’s roster, having launched in 1998 to replace the World Pairs Tournament, and is also one of its most popular.

Unsurprisingly, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has won this event more than anyone else having lifted the trophy a healthy 11 times. The current holder though is world number one Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price who will be heading to the East Midlands looking to defend his crown. But, with Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright both back among the trophies, will the Welsh wonder be able to?

Read on for our 2021 World Grand Prix betting picks.

2021 World Grand Prix Betting Tips

Having been dominated for years by Phil Taylor before the age of MVG took over, darts now seems more open than ever meaning that trying to pick a winner of each darts event feels harder than ever right now.

So far this season, we have had 30 different tourneys which have produced 17 different title winners. Of those 17, 15 will be represented this weekend, as will six who have reached tournament finals, so there is plenty of trophy winning and deep run experience in the line up.

The event will also feature six debutants but given that this time last year the aubergine farming Dirk ‘The Aubergenius’ van Duijvenbode became the first debutant to reach the final since its inception 23 years ago, you begin to get the impression that anyone really can win.

Because each leg is required to be started and finished on a double, this competition has proven itself to be slippy in the opening rounds even for the game’s stellar names. Twice Michael van Gerwen has crashed out at the earliest hurdle, while Gerwyn Price hasn’t made it past the first round three times and Peter Wright has been knocked out in his first game five times, making ten early exits between them.

Price Is Right

In the end, however, the best usually maintain and there is no one better right now than Gerwyn Price. Quite rightly the favourite to boss this event, The Iceman should win his quarter if his form at last weekend’s Gibraltar Darts Trophy, where he thumped Mensur Suljovic 8-0 in the final, is anything to go by.

The reining world champion faces world number nine Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith on the opening night in a tough first round match up that, on paper, could go either way. Smith, though, has a horrid record in this event having never made it past round two in his eight attempts. He’s also lost his last eight matches against Gerwyn Price so will be relying on the double start darts to level up the playing field.

Reigning champion Gerwyn Price has admitted in the past that he is no fan of double starts, but that must surely have changed after winning the event last year when he was almost unplayable at times. He comes into this title defence in superb form after claiming his fourth title of the season – and averaging over 100 in each of his matches – in Gibraltar just days ago. He remains the man to beat.

Year Of The Snakebite

With six titles so far this season, world number two Peter Wright has been the most successful player on this year’s tour. Snakebite has won the last two televised PDC events, albeit one of those was in a two player team tournament, the recent World Cup of Darts which he took down with the help of big John ‘The Highlander’ Henderson.

Prior to that the world number two showed what excellent form he was in at the World Matchplay. Being the showman he is, Snakebite arguably has been the most improved player since the return of fans and that cant be a coincidence.

But before you go and lump on the flamboyant Scotsman remember he has appeared in nine renewals of this event and bowed out first time in five of those which is a pretty shocking record for a darter of his ability.

He has made the final before though, at the first time of asking back in 2018 where he lost Michael van Gerwen, speaking of which.

Mighty Mike Bouncing Back

A strong challenge is expected of former world number one and five time winner of this event Michael van Gerwen. The Dutchman finally put an end to an astonishing 293 long and worrying days without winning a title two weeks ago when he won the Nordic Masters at the expense of Fallon Sherrock in the final.

The win will bring much needed relief to the Green Machine who not so long ago was a near certainty to win every event he entered. That has all changed over the past two years and Mighty Mike now finds himself third on the PDC Order of Merit, something he won’t like at all. One thing to note though, is that his win in Denmark came in the absence of Gerwyn Price who pulled out of the tournament with an elbow injury.

Had Price played in the event, then things might have been very different and MVG might still be waiting. The pair met in Gib last week where the Welshman came out on top. This event plays into his hands though and it could be the one to provide his first major of 2021.

Best Of The Rest

We have to give a mention to Go Go Jonny Clayton. Has anyone in darts had as good of a year as the Ferret? Since winning the World Cup of Darts with his mate Gezzy Price last year, the part time plasterer for Carmarthenshire County Council has become the Darts Masters and Premier League of Darts champion. He now looks a decent shout for any event he enters and because he is 13th on the Order of Merit, he can provide some pretty tasty prices too such as our 14/1.

There will be many people looking to Dimitri Van den Bergh and rightly so. The Dream Maker was sensational when coming second to an even more impressive Peter Wright in the World Darts Matchplay. The averages the pair set that week were almost off the charts and it is crazy how many nine dart finishes he almost posted at the time.

In the end he was undone by some dodgy doubles and if he can correct those, he could be dangerous. He will however need to shake off his collapse at the Nordic Darts Masters a fortnight ago where he blew an 8-2 lead to lose against Fallon Sherrock.

Elsewhere, Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall is known to enjoy this event, but he’s been out of form of late, as has two times winner James ‘The Machine’ Wade who obviously knows how to win this event but has also busted out in round one on nine occasions and is best avoided.

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World Grand Prix Schedule 2021

Sunday October 3

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Martijn Kleermaker v Mervyn King
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Humphries
  • Stephen Bunting v Daryl Gurney
  • Dave Chisnall v Mensur Suljovic
  • Joe Cullen v Ross Smith
  • James Wade v Damon Heta
  • Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ryan Searle
  • Darius Labanauskas v Brendan Dolan
  • Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton
  • Vincent van der Voort v Gabriel Clemens
  • Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Gary Anderson v Ian White
  • Peter Wright v Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
  • Jose de Sousa v Glen Durrant

Monday October 4

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Darius Labanauskas v Brendan Dolan
  • Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton
  • Vincent van der Voort v Gabriel Clemens
  • Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Gary Anderson v Ian White
  • Peter Wright v Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
  • Jose de Sousa v Glen Durrant

Tuesday October 5

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Wednesday October 6

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Thursday October 7

Quarter-Finals (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Friday October 8

Semi-Finals (Best of seven sets)

  • Two matches

Saturday October 9

Final (Best of nine sets)

  • One match – the final

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