2016 Grand Slam of Darts betting preview
Wolverhampton is the latest destination for the world’s best darts players over the next few days, with the Civic Hall hosting a unique tournament which sees professionals from the PDC and BDO compete against each other.
Naturally, the PDC crop generally fare the better and there looks like being the usual candidate to beat, with Michael van Gerwen continuing to demonstrate that his A-game is so much better than anyone else’s.
The Dutchman is 1.83 with William Hill to retain the title he landed twelve months ago, with MVG drawn in the same group as Brendan Dolan, Max Hopp and Martin Adams. It looks a straightforward section to kick things off for the world number one.
Phil Taylor is 7.00 to claim back his Grand Slam of Darts crown and The Power has been drawn in an all-English affair which includes Ian White, Darren Webster and Darryl Fitton. Providing that the sixteen-time world champion is in the groove, he should have few problems qualifying in top spot.
Gary Anderson reached the recent World Grand Prix final before losing to Mighty Mike and the Flying Scotsman will now be in warm-up mode ahead of the 2017 World Championship. This represents an opportunity to win a third consecutive title at Alexandra Palace and he’s 7.50 (bet365 ) to win this one.
As usual, the Big Three are well ahead of the competition in the betting, with Adrian Lewis on offer at 23.00 (bet365 ) and Jackpot comes up against the improving Benito van de Pas as well as Chris Dobey and Scott Mitchell.
Peter Wright also has a favourable group which includes Simon Whitlock, Ted Evetts and Jeff Smith, with Snakebite expected to come through in top spot, although Group G looks a bit tastier.
James Wade and Dave Chisnall are the two Englishmen set to clash at this early point and bet365 make them both 29.00 chances on the outright market for this tournament.
Van Gerwen is as short as 1.17 favourite to win his quarter and there doesn’t look like a great deal of danger to the Dutchman, with quarter two looking a good deal more competitive although Phil Taylor will have his backers at 1.83.
Quarter 3 features Gary Anderson at the head of the market and it’s a surprise to see the Scot at odds-against considering he should have the edge, although the form of Mensur Suljovic and Raymond van Barneveld will give him plenty to think about.
Quarter 4 is the most wide open of the lot and perhaps Benito van de Pas can spring a surprise at odds of 7.50.