The World Grand Prix gets underway at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Tuesday night, the first televised PDC major since the World Series Tour Finals.
Five times winner and current holder Michael van Gerwen doesn’t feel as unbeatable as he once did. Of course, that’s not to say he isn’t favourite for a reason, just that he has had a quiet season by his normal astronomical standards.
Of course it has been a massively interrupted year so this is completely understandable and, to be completely fair, he has collected one PDC TV major so far this season, the UK Open. That is the same amount as Dimitri van den Bergh who brilliantly took down the Matchplay in July.
Our pick to win, Gerwyn Price also has one PDC major to his name this season having won the World Series Tour Finals last month in Austria. The Welshman is going great guns at the moment and, providing he doesn’t let the double start format get to him, will take some stopping when he gets his game underway on Wednesday against Jermaine Wattimena.
World Champion Peter Wright, who has two PDC majors this year after winning the Darts Masters back in February. Snakebite needs to wait until Wednesday when he faces Ryan Joyce in his opener.
The Iceman, along with world champion Peter Wright, are both 5/1 behind the favourite Mighty Mike who we have priced at a very reasonable 7/2. You wont get a better pre-tournament price on the Dutch master than that. Mighty Mike’s campaign begins against the Polish Eagle Krzysztof Ratajski on Tuesday night.
We mentioned above that this is a double start event. For those that don’t know, this means that games must start as well as end on a double throw which has in the past proved to be a decent leveller. The format, plus the tournament taking place in a new venue behind closed doors – we have swapped the CityWest Hotel in Dublin for the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this year – might make for some interesting results over the course of the next week.
For those looking further down the list, Nathan Aspinall is next in the betting at an intriguing 21/2, just ahead of Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson at 13/1.
31/2 is the price on the head of Glen Durrant which, if his Darts Premier League form is anything to go by, looks like representing great value. Elsewhere, Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith is available at 20/1 to finally take down a televised PDC major. Recent German Masters winner Devon Peterson is 27/2, while Rob Cross is 28/1 and Daryl Gurney 35/1.
Bet on the darts here.
World Grand Prix Draw
First Round (Best of three sets)
Tuesday October 6
- Adrian Lewis v Chris Dobey
- Danny Noppert v Ryan Searle
- Mensur Suljovic v Dirk van Duijvenbode
- Jose De Sousa v Devon Petersen
- James Wade v Mervyn King
- Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
- Michael van Gerwen v Krzysztof Ratajski
- Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Wednesday October 7
- Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts
- Jamie Hughes v Stephen Bunting
- Jonny Clayton v Ian White
- Dave Chisnall v Glen Durrant
- Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen
- Peter Wright v Ryan Joyce
- Gerwyn Price v Jermaine Wattimena
- Nathan Aspinall v Gabriel Clemens
Second Round (Best of five sets)
Thursday October 8
- Four second-round matches
Friday October 9
- Four second-round matches
Quarter-Finals (Best of five sets)
Saturday October 10
- Four quarter-finals
Semi-Finals (Best of seven sets)
Sunday October 11
- Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2
- Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4
Monday October 12
- Final (Best of nine sets)