World Grand Prix Tips: Cross, Suljovic and Smith to edge through?

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Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney all prevailed on night one of the World Grand Prix in Dublin yesterday.

Can Rob Cross, Mensur Suljovic and Peter Wright all follow them through tonight? The trio’s matches feature among our five standout fixtures this evening.

Jermaine Wattimena v Mervyn King

There’s not much separating these two in the betting. So we’re expecting a close game in the opener. King is the slight favourite at 4/5, against even-money for debutant Wattimena.

The Dutchman has been in decent form of late and pushed James Wade all the way at the World Matchplay. He’s 11/4 to win 2-1 in a defeat which would see King exit in the first round in Dublin for the sixth time since 2010.

Peter Wright v Steve West

Underestimate 9/4 shot West at your peril. ‘Simply’ is one of the most underrated players on the circuit and has upset Wade and Phil Taylor here in the last two years.

He’ll need to put it all together if he’s to see off Wright, who reached the final of the Champions League last week. It’s 9/2 he wins 2-1 to dump the Scotsman out in round one for the fifth time.

Rob Cross v Steve Beaton

Can Beaton replicate his effort from 12 months ago and see off Cross in the opening round? Our traders don’t think so at 5/2 for the Adonis, and 3/10 for the current world champion.

Voltage has been in much better form of late and should be more consistent on his doubles this time around. He’s 2/1 to go through as King of the Oche and even-money to win 2-0.

Mensur Suljovic v James Wade

Dublin hasn’t been kind to Wade in recent years. The Machine has gone out in the first round in each of his last three attempts. He must overcome a hugely in-form Suljovic this time around.

The Austrian arrowsmith is remarkably consistent and is 8/15 to follow up his recent Champions League semi-final appearance with victory here. A 2-1 win is priced at 11/5.

Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis

After landing the Shanghai Masters over the summer, Smith is odds-on at 8/11 to see off former two-time world champion Lewis.

Bully Boy also reached the final of the Premier League earlier in the year. He’s in much better form than his opponent and is 21/10 to string it all together and prevail as King of the Oche.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket and horse racing.