The World Grand Prix starts in Dublin tonight, the start of a week’s worth of high quality darts. Around this time last year some events were won at very decent prices – James Wade at 40/1 and Gerwen Price at 100/1 among them– and it’s entirely possible that similar could happen this week.
Phil Taylor was knocked out of the World Grand Prix more times than any other TV tournament in his career and MVG lost in the first round in two years ago. There are only three previous winners in the field and the ‘double in/double out format’ format plays a big part in that, along with the shorter length set-play matches.
The draw has placed MVG and Gary Anderson in the same half of the draw and ordinarily that is something we would avoid. However the field is so strong here and there are so many question marks about the pair that it’s not the concern that it has been in the past. Everywhere you look there are 50/50 matches that are really tough to call, which in turn makes finding an outright winner tricky too. However there are a couple of sub-sections of the draw where the combination of big odds and ‘relatively’ easier opposition mean that there are betting opportunities to be had.
Mulling over all the possibilities the player we like best is Dimitri van den Bergh. Always electrified when in front of the TV cameras he definitely has the ability and his area of the draw contains two of the biggest outsiders in the betting market in John Henderson and Mervyn King. The odds don’t completely reflect their chances of taking the title but compared to other sections we’d rather be taking an interest here. While van den Bergh will probably meet James Wade if he beats King, Wade has been beaten in the first round for four years running despite him being one of the best double hitters in the game.
Further success could ultimately see the Belgian play Gary Anderson and later Michael van Gerwen but as mentioned before we can accept that right now. Anderson has been out for a portion of the year due to injury and van Gerwen hasn’t won anything in months. Furthermore, despite being the current champion he was a fortunate winner last year and has never retained from previous wins, as is the nature of this event. It’s possible to make a case for a lot of participants in this tournament and few can be definitively ruled out but at 80/1 van den Bergh is our preferred option.
How we placed our World Grand Prix bet
Event: Darts – World Grand Prix
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: Dimitri van den Bergh
Stake: 0.5pt Each-way
Published on: Oct 6, 2019 @ 05:30