The World Grand Prix starts at 7pm Sunday and concluded the following Saturday. The prize money on offer in Dublin’s City West Hotel is £400,000 with £100,000 going to the winner.
Last year’s final saw Robert Thornton beat Michael van Gerwen which was more than a shock. I also saw for the first time in the final the crowd booing MvG which was pretty ugly to see and I hope that there isn’t a repeat of that again.
Coverage is on Sky Sports and it feels like ages since we saw Mardle & Co presenting a darts tournament as it’s probably the Premier League final back in May being the last time that they were on our screens?
After looking at the draw James Wade jumps out to me as the man to be on this week for a number of reasons.
The last 3 years or so have seen the 3 dart average increase and James is still plodding along in the mid to late 90s. However James’s strengths lie in getting the right doubles at the right time and as this tournament is all about doubles it’s a major plus!
Also worth noting is that he has reached the final here three times and has won twice!
The favourite to win his half of the draw is Gary Anderson with Taylor and MvG battling it out in the opposite half of the draw. Gary Struggled on his doubles in his last tournament, the Champions League of Darts, and I can see them troubling him again as he looked a bit rusty after he three weeks holiday in Florida. Plus Gary is having trouble sleeping for sometime now and could well reach burnout stage (despite his holiday) as his commitments as world champion for the last two years takes it toll.
MvG is the tournament favourite at 5/4 and I won’t be siding with him here as he has to face Phil Taylor who beat him twice in the Champions League of Darts last time out. If I had to predict the finalists it would be Wade and Taylor which is very tempting at 25/1 with Corals.
James played really well in the champions League of Darts and all he really has to do to reach the final is over come Gary Anderson which is very doable!