Players will have to be at the double in Dublin across the next seven days as the World Grand Prix returns to our screens from the Citywest Hotel.
This tournament is the only televised event where players must start and finish each leg on a double. As usual, it’s Michael van Gerwen who is the favourite to prevail at 11/10.
His first round match is among the five standout ties we’ve previewed on the opening night.
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Kim Huybrechts
Four first round defeats in six appearances suggest Huybrechts doesn’t enjoy his trips to the Emerald Isle. His task this year is made even harder by the presence of Jeffrey de Zwaan.
The Dutchman has been in scintillating form. He reached the semi-final of the World Matchplay and boasts a 49% record on his doubles on TV this year.
Ricky Evans v Raymond van Barneveld
The first ever meeting between these two is 4/11 to produce a Barneveld win. The Dutchman has been in terrific form on the box this year, reaching the quarter-finals or better in seven events.
Daryl Gurney v John Henderson
Michael van Gerwen v Steve Lennon
Can MVG return to form in Dublin? He should do in the first round at least. The Green Machine boasts a 5-0 record against Steve Lennon and is 1/10 to go through.
The Dutchman’s recent poor form suggests it may not be plain sailing, though. Lennon has taken legs off him before and won’t go down without a fight on home turf.
Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton
Fresh from Champions League success last week, Anderson is 1/4 to make it through to the second round in Dublin for the fifth straight year.
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing