Grand Slam Of Darts Tips (12th-20th Nov)


November 17, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All,Darts


MVG’s odds-on for a second Grand Slam win

Grand Slam Of Darts Odds

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Darts are back on SKY Sports this week with the Singha Beer Grand Slam coming live from Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall.

This £400,000 competition has an unusual set-up as players are divided into eight groups of four who play each other in a round-robin format.  The top two in each group then proceed into a pre-arranged draw for the second round and the tournament then becomes a conventional knockout competition.

Each group has a single seeded player in it:  MVG, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, James Wade, Mensur Suljovic and Robert Thornton.

A second player joins each group courtesy of winning PDC automatic qualification and a player representing the British Darts Organisation (BDO) is also thrown in to each group.

Taylor won this event in 2012 and 2013, while Michael van Gerwen was successful last year.  The Dutchman was 15/8 at the outset then, this year he is odds-on with every firm.  

Beyond the round robin stages MVG has to win an additional four matches and such is the complexity of the draw, there is no saying who he will face in the ‘best of 19 leg’ second round.  The remainder of the competition will be the ‘best of 31 leg’ affairs.

If MVG’s price looks absurdly justified – he won last week’s World Series finals, October’s Unibet World Grand Prix and European Championships as well as six smaller competitions during September – Gary Anderson’s top-price of 7/1 (Stan James) is obscenely mean.

The Scotsman clearly runs hot-and-cold and recently his form has been truly artic.  A fortnight ago he was whitewashed 6-0 by James Wade in the European Championship and last weekend he lost to Joe Cullen.

If we cannot back MVG at such a short price we need to find a big-priced player to back each-way making the bet a winner should they simply reach the final.  Peter Wright immediately comes to mind. The Scotsman was runner-up to MVG last weekend, beaten 11-9 in the World Series of Darts and is playing exceptionally well.

However, should he win his Group (Group C) and MVG wins his, the pair would be in the same half of the draw and scheduled to meet in the semi-finals.  Therein we are going for Dave Chisnall to find a pathway to the finals.  

If ‘Chizzy’ progresses from the group stages he will be in the bottom half of the draw and that means he will avoid both MVG and the tournament’s second favourite, Phil Taylor until the final.

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