There is always something rather unique about the World Grand Prix tournament as big time darts crosses the Irish Sea this weekend.
Dublin’s Citywest Hotel plays host to the ‘double in, double out’ showcase, which boasts a huge £400,000 payday for the winner.
All the big names are making the trip over, including world number one Michael van Gerwen, last year’s unlikely winner Robert Thornton and Phil Taylor, fresh from his impressive victory at the Champions League of Darts.
When we described the World Grand Prix as ‘unique’ previously in the article that was really code for it’s a bloody difficult tournament to win – possibly the hardest in darts.
Players not only have to land a double to finish a leg, they have to hit one (including the bull) to start as well. This gives steady-eddies a chance to pick off bigger scorers if they’re careless with their doubles.
While Michael van Gerwen enters pretty much every competition as favourite these days, he’s this week, Phil Taylor at could be where the smart money travels for an outright winner.
Taylor loves his darts in Ireland, after all he’s won this tournament a whopping 11 times and even took it the only year it was held outside Dublin – in 2000 when it was hosted in Rosslare, Co Wexford.
The 16-time world champion’s dismantling of Van Gerwen last Sunday shows he’s bang on form and he also an expert in the set play format employed at the World Grand Prix.
Taylor has the third highest checkout percentage on the tour in the last two months at 45.45%, just behind Van Barneveld 47.20% and surprisingly Mensur Suljovic on 50.34%.
Other possible challenges for the prize come in the form of current world title holder Gary Anderson at , a resurgent James Wade who’s and on 2015 World Grand Prix winner Robert Thornton going back-to-back.
The action gets underway on Sunday evening (7pm) and with some cracking games in store. So we’ve decided to pull together a four-fold acca that will have you glued to all the arrows action at odds of over 9/1.
Our first leg throws off with James Wade taking on ‘The Bull’ Terry Jenkins. Wade had an excellent showing at the Champions League of Darts last week, making it to the semi-finals.
Jenkins has been short form for a while now and ‘The Machine’ has won their last five meetings. We are going for Wade to pick off a 2-0 victory at here.
Our next selection is Robert Thornton to take down Stephen Bunting at . This pair have traded wins in their only two meetings, but Thonton clearly loves this tournament and that’s why we’ll tip the current champ.
The match between Mervyn King and the legendary Raymond van Barneveld has all the potential to be a cracker.
King won their last outing in mid-September, but Barney holds a 9-3 winning record over the English man. His historical dominance and his greater TV experience makes Van Barneveld the third name on our acca at .
The final contest on our betslip is Sunday night’s opening contest featuring Australian Kyle Anderson and Cristo Reyes of Spain in an international flair-up.
Anderson is our last pick for the win at given his higher world ranking (10 places above Reyes) and the fact he hit the game shot in his last two matches against Reyes.