Anderson will secure progress in Grand Slam of Darts
There are a couple of very tasty games in the Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts this evening with some big names set to exit the tournament earlier than expected.
Robert Thornton has already qualified from Group A thanks to comfortable wins against Colin Osborne and Dave Chisnall. He faces Simon Whitlock in his final game, with the Australian already out of the competition after opening with two defeats.
Thornton should come out in this clash against the PDO Order of Merit fourth placed player, and looks good at 7/4 to make it a hat-trick of wins.
The other game in Group A sees Osborne and Chisnall battle it out for the final qualification spot. Despite his 5-2 defeat to Thornton, Chisnall can look back on his opening 5-1 thrashing of Whitlock on Saturday for inspiration.
Things are evenly balanced in the darts betting with both players at 5/6 to win the game, but with Chisnall winning three more legs than Osborne over his two games, the 2010 BDO World Championship finalist should come out on top.
Group B is similarly poised, with Gary Anderson pretty much guaranteed to make it to the second round following 5-0 and 5-2 wins over Mark Hylton and Wayne Jones respectively.
He can be caught on points by Jones or Wayne Webster, who have two points each, but his +8 ‘goal difference’ means his qualification is all but a certainty. Anderson faces Webster in his final game and looks good at 4/9 to win his third game of the tournament.
Jones will have to beat Hylton in his final game and hope that Anderson can do him a favour if he is to qualify. He is level on points with Webster but has one leg fewer overall. He should do his bit and see off Hylton, who has managed to win only three legs in his opening two games. Back Jones at 1/4.
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