Michael van Gerwen Wins The World Grand Prix In Dublin

MVG World Grand Prix

Michael van Gerwen
is the new World Grand Prix champion after beating Peter Wright in the final at the CityWest Hotel in Dublin on Saturday.

The world number one was too much for Snakebite and stamped his superiority on the PDC’s unique double-start major, an event he has won five times in the past seven years. This was also his 17th tournament success of the season thus far, which includes victories during the Darts Premier League and Darts Masters.

Incredibly, Mighty Mike dropped just two sets on the way to the final, where he lost only two more to Wright in a 5-2 victory. In the final, MVG banked his lowest average of the week — 88.45 — compared to world number two Peter Wright’s 91.61. MVG also scored two crucial ton-plus finishes and landed seven 180s during the match, while his opponent hit six maximums and duel checkout highs of 101.

With the match level at 2-2, the popular Peter Wright — who was appearing in his first Dublin final — looked to be the player in control of the fifth leg. It didn’t last long as he squandered his opportunity, something that you simply cannot do when van Gerwen is your opponent. With that, the Dutchman took his chance and won the pivotal leg with a stunning 101 checkout. He followed this up by winning the following two sets to claim yet another trophy.

On route to the final, Mighty Mike had seen off Steve Lennon, Darren Webster, Dave Chisnall and last year’s winner, Daryl Gurney, 4-1 in the semi-finals. It was Gurney who knocked out the in-form Gary Anderson 3-0. On the other hand, MVG’s opponent Peter Wright successfully navigated tricky ties against Mensur Suljovic in the semi-finals as well as Jermaine Wattimena, James Wilson and Steve West. Surpisingly, the world champion Rob Cross flew out at the first handle when he lost 2-0 to Steve Beaton.

European Darts Trophy betting tips

After all the spent efforts of the World Grand Prix, the game’s leading names return to the European Tour on Friday when the thirteenth event of the series gets underway at the Lokhalle Arena in Gottingen, Germany.

This is only the second staging of the European Darts Trophy and it won’t surprise anyone to learn that Michael van Gerwen was the victor. He will be back to defend the trophy he won a year ago when he beat Rob Cross 6-4 in the final. Others will be looking to follow Cross’ lead by using these autumn events to build up some momentum for the World Championships in December.

One player not following his example, however, is Gary Anderson, who has decided to sit this event out due to a hectic winter schedule. Given that he looks like the only player on the circuit capable of giving MVG a scare, you can see why Betway have Mighty Mike down as the red-hot favourite at 8/11.

In total, a field of 48 will be heading to Gottingen including last weekend’s beaten finalist Peter Wright. On form, as last week showed he might be, he can be a factor here, which is represented in the betting lines — second at a handsome 6/1. Rob Cross, who is having a horrible year, is fancied at 9’s and will be desperately hoping to repeat his late-in-the-year form from last year especially given that the Ally Pally is creeping into sight. Another player I keep saying to look out for is Mensur Suljovic. The Australian is hitting some great darts right now and usually enjoys the European games. Betway have priced The Gentle at 12/1.

Finally, it’s worth noting some prices on the outsiders, especially given that Gerwyn Price, Simon Whitlock, Ricky Evans and Mark Wilson have all made European Tour finals this season. Daryl Gurney’s recent upswing in form sees him priced at 33/1, while Gerwyn ‘Superchin’ Price (66/1) Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith (20/1), Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis (28/1), and Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock (66/1) are all capable of winning these Euro Tour events.

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World Grand Prix Of Darts Off To A Flyer

World Grand Prix Of Darts Off To A Flyer

2018 World Grand Prix of Darts in Dublin

Wednesday sees the World Grand Prix quarterfinals get underway in Dublin, and what a week it’s been so far.

In Monday’s first round, world champion Rob Cross received his marching orders from Steve Beaton, who caused the shock of the World Grand Prix as ran out the 2-0 winner. On the same night, James Wade, Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith all exited the tourney. In their place, Mensur Suljovic, James Wilson and Adrian Lewis all progressed.

On Tuesday, we saw Raymond van Barneveld eliminated at the hands of a rejuvenated Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall who ran out a 3-0 winner. This surprising defeat opens up the draw for field including our pick Gary Anderson, who won 3-0 at the expense of Jeffrey de Zwaan. This was followed by Daryl Gurney beating Ron Meulenkamp 3-2, before Mighty Michael van Gerwen won 3-0 against Darren Webster.

First up tonight is Mensur Suljovic versus Ian White, and despite the latter’s European Tour win in Maastricht recently, I really can’t see him getting the better of Mensur in Dublin. This match is followed by Steve Beaton versus Gerwyn Price in a game that’s very tough to call. Is this the end of Beaton’s good run of form or can he go one match more? The romantic in me hopes that his form continues, so I’ll be backing him at 6/4 with Betway.

Peter Wright takes on Jermaine Wattimena next with the smart money surely being stacked on Snakebite, before James Wilson and Adrian Lewis go head to head. I have to side with Jackpot here as the outright winner price on Lewis offered by Betway — 18/1 — is just too good to turn down.

World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips

Looking at the form book, Peter Wright is the one of the most likely players to make a challenge to the Big Two, MVG and Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson. Wright still has to navigate a tricky game against Jermaine Wattimena tonight, but assuming he does so, he stands a very good chance of upsetting the odds over his countryman. The Scotsman performed superbly at the Champions League of Darts last weekend, beating Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals before losing to Anderson in the final. For the outright win, Peter Wright is worth 11/2 at Betway, while the same online bookmakers have priced Gary Anderson at 7/2.

As usual, Michael van Gerwen is the favourite at evens which won’t have changed after his two flawless victories so far in Dublin. For the superstitious supporters, he won this event in 2012, 2014 and 2016, so could the sequence continue in 2018? More than likely.

We can’t mention the potential winners without talking quickly about Mensur Suljovic. Priced at 10/1 with Betway, The Gentle is coming into the Grand Prix as one of the hottest contenders around and a run for the title in Dublin this week — after making the semi-finals last year — is certainly foreseeable.

Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, October 3

  • Mensur Suljovic v Ian White
  • Steve Beaton v Gerwyn Price
  • Peter Wright v Jermaine Wattimena
  • James Wilson v Adrian Lewis

Thursday October 4

  • QF1
  • QF2
  • QF3
  • QF4

Friday October 5

  • SF1
  • SF2

Saturday October 6

  • Final
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