Wolverhampton is the venue this weekend as the annual smash up between the PDC and the BDO takes place at the Grand Slam of Darts.
Tomorrow’s event is the only time of year players from both professional organisations in Darts face off, so you can expect some fireworks on and probably off stage at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
World number one Michael van Gerwan comes in as the raging hot favourite at after winning the last two TV events (World Grand Prix and European Championship) back-to-back, but there’s a stellar field waiting out there to knock the Dutch man off his perch.
One of them being the current World Darts champion Gary Anderson and he’s our tip for the title at after the Flying Scotman landed on, what we consider, the easy side of the 32-man field.
The format sees the players split into eight groups of four, the round robin phase takes place up until next Tuesday – with the winner and runner-up advancing from the groups.
Group winners then play-off the second placed player in the group next to theirs in the last 16 on Wednesday and Thursday, with the quarter finals taking centre stage on Friday and Saturday.
The semis and final will then held on Sunday November 20 to round out what should be a magical week and a bit of arrows action.
We believe Anderson can take full advantage of that format as he lays on the opposite side of the draw to big hitters van Gerwan, Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock, Peter Wright and 2010 champion Scott Waites.
The Scotman’s group shouldn’t be much of a problem for him as he comes against outsides Alan Norris, Nathan Derry and Glen Durrant. Although, he could potentially meet Raymond van Barneveld as early as the last 16.
He also has the likes of James Wade, Mensur Suljović and Adrian Lewis in his section, but none of those players have been in the form to threaten Anderson’s heavy scoring so far this year.
There is more potential for shocks in the other section of the draw and keep an eye on a resurgent Whitlock at of you are looking for a sneaky outsider.
But, we believe a second TV title could be on the way for Anderson over the coming days, so it might be worth drawing a bullseye next to his name in your betslip!