Why Gerwyn Price Is Likely To Win His Third Grand Slam Of Darts In A Row

Why Gerwyn Price Is Likely To Win His Third Grand Slam Of Darts In A Row

It’s back to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for this year’s Grand Slam of Darts Finals, the 14th year of the event. The 2020 event will run from 16-22 November and include players from both the PDC and BDO, the only tournament to do so.

Can Gerwyn Price make it three in a row?

There are 32 players drawn from both codes in competition and all of the big hitters will be there including Gerwyn Price. The past two years of the Grand Slam have provided The Iceman with his first two PDC televised wins and this year he is aiming for a third in a row.

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Right now, the Welshman is playing like the best player in the world and only last week, along with Johnny Clayton, picked up the World Cup of Darts for Wales after beating England in the final. 

Will it be thrice for Price? Highly likely yes.

The former Rugby man is playing like a machine right now, landing almost every arrow on point. And with Michael van Gerwen dropping off ever so slightly from his brilliant best, Price looks a good shout for next month’s World Championship also.

He has always enjoyed this event but has really stepped up his game of late, scooping the World Grand Prix title last month before absolutely owning the World Cup of Darts. In 2020 so far, he has eight titles to his name. Should The Iceman win on Sunday, he would join Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen in the unique achievement winning the same major in three consecutive years.

The Welshman is now the joint favourite at 7/2, a half a point ahead of Michael van Gerwen, while the 2019 runner-up Peter Wright is also available at 4/1. 

There is little point, we believe, in looking beyond the Welshman who, aside from appearing the best around right now, can overcome any early shocks he may come across from his fellow Group G members Mikuru Suzuki, Ryan Joyce and his Welsh World Cup winning partner Johnny Clayton. It’s a decent draw and one that will not worry him.

The rest of the field

I think Rob Cross’ group of Dave Chisnall, Luke Humphries and Justin Pipe is a whole lot harder, which is a shame. Voltage’s heavy price of 35/1 might have tempted otherwise. 

He may have had a horrible year form-wise. but he has won both the World Matchplay Darts and the Darts World Championship before. As a player that thrives on confidence – of which admittedly he has none right now – a couple of gimme wins in the group stages might have set the ball rolling for a deeper run than we have seen from him this year.

The advantage of groups is that there are a minimum of three games to be played which is about the same amount of wayward shots Gerwyn Price has thrown of late. Plus, by the second round, the games develop into a much longer format and play to a best of 19 legs before upping the ante to a best of 31 legs.

Right now, in a longer game, only MVG looks capable of matching The Iceman but on current form you would, for the first time in years, bet against the Dutchman. MVG remains world number one and will no doubt find his form before long, but his last victory came all the way back in March when early exits have been the order of his day. 

Glenn Durrant, Peter Wright and Michael Smith are also others worth monitoring.

In the Grand Slam, each darter plays all other group members in a best of nine leg match worth two points. The top two will then move on to the knockout rounds. 

Mighty Mike is drawn in Group A, while Gary Anderson will lead Group B. Group C is led by Michael Smith and Rob Cross takes Group D with Peter Wright back in Group E. James Wade and Glenn Durrant have both landed in Group F and finally Nathan Aspinall finds himself in Group H. 

Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Draw

Group A

  • Michael van Gerwen (4/1)
  • Joe Cullen (40/1)
  • Gabriel Clemens (40/1)
  • Adam Hunt (200/1)

Group B

  • Gary Anderson (16/1)
  • Simon Whitlock (66/1)
  • Ryan Searle (125/1)
  • Adam Gawlas (500/1)

Group C

  • Michael Smith (16/1)
  • Krzysztof Ratajski (18/1)
  • Jose De Sousa (20/1)
  • Lisa Ashton (500/1)

Group D

  • Rob Cross (35/1)
  • Dave Chisnall (25/1)
  • Luke Humphries (66/1)
  • Justin Pipe (250/1)

Group E

  • Peter Wright (4/1)
  • Ian White (40/1)
  • Devon Petersen (22/1)
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode (100/1)

Group F

  • James Wade (33/1)
  • Glen Durrant (16/1)
  • Jermaine Wattimena (100/1)
  • Damon Heta (33/1)

Group G

  • Gerwyn Price (7/2)
  • Jonny Clayton (50/1)
  • Ryan Joyce (150/1)
  • Mikuru Suzuki (750/1)

Group H

  • Nathan Aspinall (11/1)
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh (40/1)
  • Ricky Evans (150/1)
  • Wayne Warren (200/1)

Odds from bet365.

Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Schedule 

Monday November 16

Best of 9 legs

  • Rob Cross v Justin Pipe
  • Dave Chisnall v Luke Humphries
  • James Wade v Damon Heta
  • Simon Whitlock v Ryan Searle
  • Glen Durrant v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Nathan Aspinall v Wayne Warren
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ricky Evans
  • Gary Anderson v Adam Gawlas
  • Jonny Clayton v Ryan Joyce
  • Joe Cullen v Gabriel Clemens
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Jose De Sousa
  • Michael Smith v Lisa Ashton
  • Michael van Gerwen v Adam Hunt
  • Gerwyn Price v Mikuru Suzuki
  • Peter Wright v Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Ian White v Devon Petersen

Tuesday November 17

Best of 9 legs

  • 16 Group Matches

Wednesday November 18

Best of 9 legs

  • 16 Group Matches

Friday November 20

Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • 4 Matches

Saturday November 21

Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • 4 Matches

Sunday November 22

Quarter-finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • 4 Matches

Monday November 23 (7pm)

Semi-finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • 2 Matches

Tuesday November 24

Final (Best of 31 legs)

QUICK GLANCE AT GRAND SLAM OF DARTS 2020

Venue: Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Dates: 16/11/20 to 24/11/2020

Format: Best of 9, 19 and 31 legs

Current Champion: Gerwyn Price

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: (1300 GMT)

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Here’s What You Need To Know About The World Cup Of Darts 2020

Here’s What You Need To Know About The World Cup Of Darts 2020

The 2020 World Cup of Darts takes place this week in Salzburgarena, Austria running from November 6-8.

32 nations will be represented in total, all hoping to emulate last year’s winners and reigning champions Scotland. As a quick side note, Singapore will not be among these as planned due to Covid-19 restrictions preventing their travel to Austria meaning that they have been replaced by Portugal.

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Michael van Gerwen’s Netherlands are the 2/1 with bet365 favourites to win the title for a fifth time, with Gerwyn Price’s Wales installed as the 11/4 second favourites. Wales may not represent enough value for some, but they do look a good shout with Jonny Clayton joining the World number two. Based on current form Wales should be favourites to go one better than 2017 when Price reached the World Cup final with Mark Webster.

Scotland’s chances have taken a hit owing to the fact that darting superstars Gary Anderson and Peter Wright have opted out and will be replaced instead by Robert Thornton and John Henderson. Had they had the world champions playing, they would unquestionably have been favourites themselves. Instead they are priced at 66/1 with bet365.

England though are the top seed and open up against Lithuania on Friday. The English pair Michael Smith and Rob Cross have had a tricky year, what was made of it anyway, but pairings are based on the PDC Order Of Merit, meaning Glenn Durrant and Nathan Aspinall, who have had stronger years, weren’t available for selection.

In a year of shocks both Durrant and Aspinall have been winning PDC debutants as has Dimitri Van den Bergh who won the World Matchplay at the first time of asking. Van den Bergh, playing here with Kim Huybrechts, makes Belgium look a real threat to go deep here. Bet365 clearly agree and have ranked Belgium as the fourth favourites.

Germany’s Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp are another pair to keep your eye on. There has never been bigger than a 6-1 winner in the Darts World Cup but the Germans are 14/1 at bet365 and some might be tempted to take that punt on each way.

As for the Dutch favourites, world number one Michael van Gerwen teams up with PDC World Cup debutant Danny Noppert who is currently 21st in the PDC rankings. Holland have had a fine record in the ten years this trophy has been up for grabs. Not surprising given the perfect pairing of MVG and Raymond van Barneveld.Netherlands are the third seeds even though MVG hasn’t been his normal dominant self this season. Such form shouldn’t last long though as there is simply too much class and ability there. Of course, he did still take down the UK Open over the summer so he has still done better than most and with Noppert in tow could well fancy his chances of adding a World Cup to his 2020 trophy haul too.

World Cup Of Darts Teams

  • England – Michael Smith & Rob Cross
  • Wales – Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
  • Netherlands – Michael van Gerwen & Danny Noppert
  • Northern Ireland – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
  • Belgium – Dimitri Van den Bergh & Kim Huybrechts
  • Germany – Max Hopp & Gabriel Clemens
  • Republic of Ireland – William O’Connor & Steve Lennon
  • Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez
  • Australia – Simon Whitlock & Damon Heta
  • Brazil – Diogo Portela & Bruno Rangel
  • Canada – Jeff Smith & Matt Campbell
  • China – Zizhao Zheng * & Di Zhuang
  • Czech Republic – Karel Sedlacek & Adam Gawlas
  • Denmark – Neils Heinsøe & Per Laursen
  • Finland – Marko Kantele & Kim Viljanen
  • Gibraltar – Craig Galliano & Justin Hewitt
  • Greece – John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
  • Hong Kong – Kai Fan Leung & Royden Lam
  • Hungary – Patrik Kovacs & Janos Vegsö
  • Italy – Andrea Micheletti & Daniele Petri
  • Japan – Seigo Asada & Yuki Yamada
  • Lithuania – Darius Labanauskas & Mindaugas Barauskas
  • New Zealand – Cody Harris & Haupai Puha
  • Philippines – Lourence Ilagan & Noel Malicdem
  • Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Krzysztof Kciuk
  • Portugal – Jose De Sousa & Jose Marques
  • Russia – Boris Koltsov & Aleksei Kadochnikov
  • Scotland – John Henderson & Robert Thornton
  • South Africa – Devon Petersen & Carl Gabriel
  • Spain – Jesus Noguera & Toni Alcinas
  • Sweden – Daniel Larsson & Dennis Nilsson
  • USA – Chuck Puleo & Danny Lauby

Friday November 6 from 12.00

First Round (Best of nine legs – doubles)

  • Lithuania v Gibraltar
  • Hong Kong v China
  • Portugal v Hungary
  • New Zealand v Denmark
  • Northern Ireland v Canada
  • Belgium v Czech Republic
  • Austria v USA
  • England v Philippines
  • Italy v Spain
  • Sweden v Greece
  • Japan v Scotland
  • Poland v South Africa
  • Republic of Ireland v Australia
  • Wales v Russia
  • Germany v Finland
  • Netherlands v Brazil

Saturday November 7 from 12.30

Second Round (Best of 3 points)

  • Eight Matches

Sunday November 8 from 12.00

Four Quarter-Finals (Best of 3 points)

  • Semi-Finals (Best of 3 points)
  • Final (Best of 5 points)

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Venue: Salzburgarena, Austria

Dates: November 6 – November 8

Format: Best of nine legs, 3 points, 5 points

Current Champion: Scotland

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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2020 Darts Premier League Play-Offs Betting Tips

2020 Darts Premier League Play-Offs Betting Tips

2020 Darts Premier League

OK, so it’s not May, we’re not looking forward to the summer and it’s not taking place in London’s O2 Arena, but at long, long last the Darts Premier League has reached the playoff stage. 

For London’s docklands, read Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and for live and noisy crowd– read: fake piped in atmospheric cheers — but hey after this most horrible of years, let’s be thankful for some top-level PDC darts at its finest.

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A look at the final matches

Fresh off the back of the World Grand Prix, which only finished on Monday, bringing yet another PDC major for the new world number two Gerwyn Price. We have another top PDC award up for grabs as Thursday sees the complete final night of Premier League Darts 2020.

Price will not be there sadly, his league form poor enough to only render a fifth-place finish, one ahead of Michael van Gerwen who also misses out. The absence of the world’s top two should offer hope for the remaining four, which includes World Champion Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright

As well as Peter Wright, the remaining four include table topper Glen Durrant, Gary Anderson and Nathan Aspinall. The two semi-finals will be played over the best of 19 legs each.

The first semi-final is between Glen Durrant and Gary Anderson, leaving Peter Wright to face Nathan Aspinall in number two. 

As noted, Durrant ended the group stage on the top of the table making him only the third darter to do so in the tournament’s 15-year history, while Anderson is the only former Premier League champion left in the competition.

Before we look at the semis in greater detail, the outright prices from bet365 for the 2020 Darts Premier League are as follows.

As the highest-ranked player in the tourney, world number three Peter Wright is worth 13/8, ahead of Gary Anderson at 11/4. Glen Durrant is a sizeable 7/2 given his dominance thus far and Nathan Aspinall at 10/3 is also very generous. Given that it really isn’t very hard to imagine a Durrant/Aspinall final, those prices are indeed tempting.

Glen Durrant V Gary Anderson

Earlier in the competition, Durrant beat Anderson 7-4 in week three while the pair drew the rematch 7-7 in Week 11.

Could this be the night where Anderson is victorious? Possibly. I mean the guy is a two-times world champion and is capable of showing glimpses of his previous levels even if the Scottish veteran’s game is generally slowing down these days.

He remains one of the finest darters of all time and last week made it to the last eight of the World Grand Prix, averaging 90 along the way.

In contrast, Durrant had an atrocious Grand Prix, dropping out in round one at the hands of Dave Chisnall, citing technical issues whatever that means. Duzza has been messing around with his flights and will hopefully have settled on a set come Thursday if he is get the reward his Premier League form deserves.

Duzza has been the Premier League’s best player so far this season, but Gary has the titles, PDC at least, so it is a tough one to call. I’m backing Durrant in this one, however, providing he makes his mind up about those darts on time.

Peter Wright v Nathan Aspinall

On the two occasions these two met in the earlier rounds, Snakebite won both and with more than a little bit of breathing room too, averaging 106. Given this, he should be happy with the draw. The Asp was going great guns prior to the shutdown but hasn’t been in the best form since the live restart.

Like Durrant, both Wright and Aspinall exited the World Grand Prix in the first round. Aspinall busted out in round one of the Matchplay too, albeit to eventual winner Dimitri van den Bergh

On form, Wright should take this despite a disappointing World Grand Prix, but the Asp can be very dangerous and might have the bigger of two snake bites here.

QUICK GLANCE AT DARTS PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS 

Venue: Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Dates: 15.10.2020

Format: Best of 19, 21

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Arena

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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