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Big win for Taylor heads our Grand Slam of Darts best bets

| 11.11.2014

It’s the final round of group matches at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, with eight players from Groups E to H set to take their place in the second round.

Michael Van Gerwen, who is the 7/4 favourite to win the tournament, is already through to the knockout stages, with Phil Taylor among those aiming to join him tonight.

The Power, priced at 15/8 to win the event, needs just one leg in his third match to make the second round, but we’re backing him for a big victory in our three best bets.

Mervyn King to beat Jamie Caven @ 4/6

Both men have little to play for in this match, but for very different reasons, as King comes into it already through to the next round while Caven has been eliminated.

The King has recorded wins over James Wade and Tony O’Shea at the tournament so far, two players who have beaten Caven.

King also boasts an impressive record against Jabba, having won six of their past seven meetings.

Peter Wright to beat Simon Whitlock @ 4/5

Both players have recorded one win so far in their group, and the winner of this encounter will join Michael Smith in qualifying for the next round.

Of the two, Wright looks the better bet, as he has won five of their pair’s past seven encounters, while Whitlock is still far from a reliable wager in televised games.

The Australian’s 5-3 win over Brendan Dolan in his last match was his first on TV since August.

Phil Taylor (-2.5) to beat Andy Hamilton @ 4/7

The Power set a Grand Slam record by averaging a massive 114.65 in beating Christian Kist 5-1 in his second match.

That followed up his 5-0 victory over Richie George in his opening group game, and Taylor should be backed to record another comfortable win over Hamilton.

Taylor has recorded 6-2 and 6-1 victories over The Hammer in their two meetings in 2014.

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

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Alex Fortune