The darting action continues thick and fast this weekend with the start of the Grand Slam from Wolverhampton.
Instead of the usual outright tournament preview, we’re looking at the favourites for each of the eight groups before the knockout stage.
Starting with Group A (where better?) it’s hard to see past Michael van Gerwen at 1/7.
MVG has won three of the last four tournaments this season, disposing of fellow group member Rob Cross along the way each time. Cross is dangerous over a short format like this though and is good value at 25/1.
Phil Taylor is the 4/9 favourite to finish at the summit of Group C. The Power has finished top in eight of his ten Grand Slam appearances and should have no trouble up against James Wade (4/9), Robbie Green (15/2) and Peter Machin (20/1).
In what the odds suggest is an open Group D, Daryl Gurney is the 8/15 favourite to go through as the winner.
However, we think the real value is in Darren Webster at 5/1.The Norfolk-based thrower has won four of his nine matches against Gurney in the past and should have enough to see off Danny Noppert and Mark Webster as well.
Group E should be Peter Wright’s for the taking at 4/6. He’s the highest-ranked player in the group and has reached the quarter-finals of each of the last four tournaments.
On the flip side, he’s failed to top the group in three of his four Grand Slam appearances. And that makes fast-starter Corey Cadby a fantastic price at 4/1.
Dave Chisnall should prevail in Group F which contains Stephen Bunting, Scott Mitchell and Jeffrey de Zwaan. That trio all lack Chisnall’s quality, making his odds of 10/11 generous indeed.
Likewise, in Group G, 4/5 chance Mensur Suljovic is the form horse. This will only be his second appearance in Wolverhampton, but after a year which has included success in the Champions League, the Austrian is expected to make short shrift of what looks to be a straightforward group.
Last but not least, Group H should see Gary Anderson prevail at odds of 3/10. The Scotsman’s quality is obvious, and up against Simon Whitlock, who regularly fails to shine at this event, we don’t think Ando will have any problems.
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