|Van Barneveld to Beat Evans||2/5||Paddy Power|
|Gary Anderson to Win World Grand Prix||7/1||Bet365|
Citywest Hotel, Dublin again plays host to the World Grand Prix with the oche action taking place between 30th September and 6th October. The 21st renewal of the popular tournament has the sport’s biggest and best battling over the lion’s share of a £400,000 prize pot.
Northern Ireland’s right-hander Daryl Gurney claimed the title last year, beating experienced Aussie Simon Whitlock in a nail-biting 5-4 final but neither man is expected to feature at the business end of the competition this time, according to odds-makers.
Michael van Gerwen goes in as favourite across the board but there’s a little more available than punters might expect, 11/10 trading on the Dutchman at Coral. The 29-year-old sporting pride of Boxtel is the Grand Prix’s second most successful player on three titles and one runner-up finish, trailing all-time king Phil Taylor’s 11 gongs.
Those looking for a bit more of a price may be interested to learn Gary Anderson is available at an eye-catching 7/1 at bet365. The Flying Scotsman goes with his tail up having claimed glory in the Champions League of Darts earlier this month, toppling fellow countryman Peter Wright in the decider.
Snakebite to fire back in Dublin is sure to be popular with 8/1 – market top price at bet365 – up for grabs. Others worth a mention in the outright market are Rob Cross 8/1 (Ladbrokes), two-in-a-row for Gurney 40/1 (Ladbrokes) and 50/1 (888Sport) about a return to winning ways for fans favourite Raymond van Barneveld.
The curtain goes up on Sunday evening with a list of exciting matches shown live on Sky Sports. Viewers will catch a glimpse of Barney, MVG and Anderson and there’s enough betting value around to keep you glued to the results.
Having picked through the fixtures and form I put forward two bets worth having in a double to help get things moving in the right direction.
We’ve not seen the best of Barney for a while now but there’s plenty of big performances left in the 51-year-old before he follows Taylor into retirement. He’s the nearly man of this competition, having twice finished as a beaten finalist, losing to The Power in 2008 and 2009. A drive to the final is unlikely, considering his time on the sidelines, but he’s more than good enough to get off to a winning start.
Barney hasn’t been showing the level of interest or desire this year we’ve come to expect from him, but he has his name down here because it’s a format that holds his interest. If Raymond shows up between now and the end of the year you can rest assured, he’ll fancy having a go at winning it. The 2/5 (Paddy Power) on him beating Ricky Evans will do a job in accumulators.
Anderson oozed class throughout his Champions League winning campaign, proving once again just how dangerous the two-time world champion can be at the top level. The 47-year-old from Musselburgh made light work of Brighton, handing out 11-4 defeats to Mensur Suljovic before doing the same to Wright.
Gary is no stranger to Grand Prix glory either, ending a silver medalist behind MVG two years ago despite putting in a 92.73 average, edged 5-2 in what turned out to be a thriller. Welshman Jonny Clayton is a progressive sort but he’s some way behind the level needed to topple his opponent and that’ll show. Support Anderson at 888Sport where you’ll get market top price 3/10.