The darts action continues to come thick and fast with the Grand Slam of Darts heading to Wolverhampton as the best of the PDC and BDO players go head-to-head.
It’s the third live TV tournament in as many weeks and James Wade was victorious in both the European Championships and the World Series of Darts Finals.
Our darts expert correctly predicted ‘The Machine’ would go all the way last weekend at 25/1, but can he come up trumps once again? Here’s the best bets to look out for ahead of the tournament.
Bully Boy unlucky to miss out
Michael Smith had his name effectively etched on the World Series of Darts title until missing five match darts and allowing James Wade to nip in and take the crown.
He is continuing to go close, without crossing the finishing line first of late and it would be no surprise to see him go deep into this tournament.
I fancy he could go close once more, but just to miss out and I am willing to back him at 13/2 with Grossvenorsport.com to be the nearly man again.
Don’t go Dutch
An interesting market that Grosvenorsport.com are running is to back the nation of the winner.
The Dutch always have a strong chance when you have Michael van Gerwen amongst your charges and Mighty Mike has won the event for the past three years.
However, he continues to be show that he is not the invincible force that he was in the past, and he lost out to compatriot Raymond van Barneveld last weekend in Austria.
Van Gerwen is out of sorts at the moment and although I feel ‘Barney’ could come through the group stages, he always comes up short in the knockout stages and the Dutchman’s odds of 4/5 offer no value.
The Scots have Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, but both of whom have not been at their best recently, with the duo suffering early exits at the World Series of Darts and again I will look past them.
Instead I am going to remain patriotic and keep the faith that an Englishman may come good in the tournament.
As mentioned earlier, Smith has a good chance, while current World Champion Rob Cross could go well in this format. There’s also the in-form Wade to throw into the mix and between that trio there could be a winner, so the 3/1 on offer represents good value.