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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The Price Is Wright As Gerwyn Wins Grand Slam of Darts

The Price Is Wright As Gerwyn Wins Grand Slam of Darts

Gerwyn Grand Slam of Darts

In a memorable final to last week’s brilliant Grand Slam of Darts, an imperious Gerwyn Price outplayed a rejuvenated Peter Wright to successfully defend the Eric Bristow Trophy, a title he won one year ago. Price, who knocked out Michael van Gerwen at the 20th attempt earlier in the afternoon, will now be a lot of people’s favourite for next month’s World Championship, such was the manner of his performance.

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It was here in Wolverhampton 12 months ago that The Iceman beat Gary Anderson in the final and where he established himself as the game’s bad boy. The boos have followed him from tourney to tourney this past year, but the Welshman is now turning those boos into cheers as spectators and commentators alike begin to appreciate his talent.

A look back at the Grand Slam of Darts

Price rounded out a memorable week in Wolverhampton with a 16-6 victory over Snakebite. Price threw 11 maximums, averaging almost 108 as he dominated the final, threatening nine-darters on numerous occasions. On both of these, however, he lost the leg and on the second occasion, it allowed Wright to cut the deficit to 7-5.

Any hopes Wright might have harboured that that leg win and see the Iceman melt were quickly dashed as the former rugby player reeled off eight legs in succession. Aside from Snakebite, who performed well all things considered, claiming one leg back, the game was as good as gone and all wrapped up inside the hour.

Price was even within range of breaking Phil Taylor’s record 109.04 average for a Grand Slam final — set in a 16-4 triumph over Gary Anderson in 2011 — but three missed match darts put an end to that.

The Iceman’s success is his second major trophy, the same as his first, and comes in his fourth televised final. A win in this week’s Players Championship Finals will shorten his second favourite World Championship odds of 7/1 further still.

As for Snakey, he can take comfort in a campaign in which he rediscovered the form that was missing in the first part of the year. An improvement, and perhaps a win on Sunday in Minehead for 2019’s last trophy, will definitely put a happy ending on an otherwise horrible year.

Players Championship Finals Betting Tips

The last trophy of the year is on the line this weekend as the players take their final run out before next month’s PDC World Championships at the Alexandra Palace, Ally Pally to you and me. This year’s Players Championship Finals will be taking place at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

Running from Friday November 22 through to Sunday, all of the action will be broadcast on ITV 4 as Daryl Gurney bids to defend the title he won against Michael van Gerwen 12 months ago. The Dutchman is understandably Betway’s 6/4 favourite to win the event for the fifth time, but many will have been impressed with Gerwyn Price last weekend and so his price of 13/2 will be tempting.

The Iceman became only the seventh player in history to successfully defend a PDC televised title with his Wolverhampton win last week where he also took down Gary Anderson, Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright. Price will now look to ride the momentum to another title as the best possible warm-up for the World Championships.

The first two rounds here are fought over 11 sets so there isn’t much room for errors, which more than anything else explains why longshots often do well here. Defending champion Daryl Gurney is a 25/1 shot and well worth considering as is Dave Chisnall, who also put in a good show at the Grand Slam of Darts and is a slightly shorter 22/1, both with Betway.

Last week’s runner up, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, can be confident given the quality he showed last week but in a punishing event, the tourney’s third seed could end up regretting missed chances. That said, should the real Snakebite stand up, his 12/1 price tag will look generous.

World number two Voltage Rob Cross is available at 14/1, Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith can be picked up for 22/1, while Glen Durrant and Mensur Suljovic can be backed at 25/1 for the pair, all at Betway.

Players Championship Finals Schedule

Friday November 22

First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Stephen Bunting
  • Jose de Sousa v James Richardson
  • Glen Durrant v Scott Baker
  • Max Hopp v Jelle Klaasen
  • Chris Dobey v Cristo Reyes
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Simon Whitlock
  • Michael Smith v Martin Schindler
  • Ian White v Devon Petersen
  • Harry Ward v Darius Labanauskas
  • Justin Pipe v Mervyn King
  • Brendan Dolan v Ross Smith
  • John Henderson v Ryan Joyce
  • Keegan Brown v Andy Boulton
  • Steve Beaton v Ricky Evans
  • Danny Noppert v Ryan Searle
  • Dave Chisnall v Matthew Edgar
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Steve Lennon
  • Gerwyn Price v Mickey Mansell
  • James Wade v Ted Evetts
  • Mensur Suljovic v Kim Huybrechts
  • Daryl Gurney v Luke Woodhouse
  • Michael van Gerwen v Luke Humphries
  • Peter Wright v James Wilson
  • Nathan Aspinall v Raymond van Barneveld
  • Jonny Clayton v Ryan Meikle
  • Joe Cullen v Kyle Anderson
  • Vincent van der Voort v Arron Monk
  • Gabriel Clemens v Mark McGeeney
  • Adrian Lewis v Josh Payne
  • William O’Connor v Steve West
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Jamie Hughes
  • Ron Meulenkamp v Rob Cross

Saturday November 23

Second Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Price/Mansell v Brown/Boulton
  • Wade/Evetts v Beaton/Evans
  • Suljovic/Huybrechts v Noppert/Searle
  • Gurney/Woodhouse v Clemens/McGeeney
  • Lewis/Payne v Van Gerwen/Humphries
  • Wright/Wilson v Dobey/Reyes
  • Aspinall/Van Barneveld v Cullen/Anderson
  • Wattimena/Hughes v Meulenkamp/Cross
  • De Zwaan/Whitlock v Henderson/Joyce
  • Clayton/Meikle v Ward/Labanauskas
  • De Sousa/Richardson v Van den Bergh/Bunting
  • White/Petersen v Van der Voort/Monk
  • Ratajski/Lennon v O’Connor/West
  • Durrant/Baker v Hopp/Klaasen
  • Chisnall/Edgar v Pipe/King
  • M Smith/Schindler v Dolan/R Smith

Sunday November 24

  • Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • Semi-Finals (Best of 21 Legs)
  • Final (Best of 21 legs)

QUICK GLANCE AT THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Venue: Butlin’s Resort, Minehead
Dates: Friday 22.11.2019
Format: Best of 11, 19. 21
Current Champion: Daryl Gurney
Where To Watch: ITV 4
When To Watch: (1245 GMT)

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Grand Slam Of Darts Quarter Finals Betting Tips

Grand Slam Of Darts Quarter Finals Betting Tips

Gerwyn Price Grand Slam of Darts

Tonight sees the last eight starting their play offs in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts after what’s been a first class week of top notch darts so far. Your final eight men are; Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant, Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Adrian Lewis, Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson.

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So far, the two to beat, performance wise at least, have been Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, the latter of who absolutely destroyed world number two Rob Cross on Wednesday evening. The Iceman, on the other hand, won all his group games before making light work of Darren Webster on Thursday as he looks to defend his title.

A look ahead to this weekend’s action

Tonight’s action gets underway at 19.15 on Sky Sports Action when Dave Chisnall steps out against Peter Wright. Both players enjoyed dominant victories in their second round matches and both are looking like something close to their best. Ryan Harrington was Chizzy’s 10-3 victim, the same score line that Snakebite inflicted on Rob Cross.

Seemingly settling down on one set of arrows, Wright wasn’t required to play at his best level to beat Voltage, who faded as the match went on, which is good news for Snakebite’s energy levels. Wright goes into tonight’s match the favourite at 8/11 with Betway, but as well as he’s playing right now, Chizzy’s 11/10 is tempting, especially given Snakebite’s knack of screwing things up for himself.

These two are followed up to the oche by a game that could become a grudge match as there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of love lost between Michael Smith and Glen Durrant for their quarter-final showdown. Their feud stems from Smith’s outspoken views on whether or not Duzza should be competing for the BDO when he has been a PDC man for the past eleven months.

One week ago, in the first round, the pair met with Bully Boy running out the 5-3 winner. Now, they meet again with neither player looking their best in midweek wins over Daryl Gurney and Gabriel Clemens. Smith, the world number three, has yet to win a major title and with each passing tournament there is greater expectation on him to end his drought. Having won once already, there would be little-to-no reason to abandon Smith at this point though. He is 8/11 to win tonight’s match, while Duzza can be backed at 11/10.

Tomorrow, Gerwyn Price takes on Gary Anderson in another grudge match after these two famously fell out in last year’s final, a final that The Iceman won. He’s looking good again and few would back against him here, especially following his 10-1 defeat of Darren Webster.

Anderson, on the other hand, looked to be struggling in his 10-8 comeback victory over Robert Thornton, requiring six match darts before finally stumbling home. The Iceman is 4/6 against The Flying Scotsman’s 6/5 and with good reason.

Michael van Gerwen goes in the last match of the round as the three-times world champion takes on a two times world champion Adrian Lewis. It very nearly wasn’t though as MVG had to fight back to claim this victory after falling behind against Ian ‘Diamond’ White on Thursday night.

Diamond, who had never made it past the quarter finals of a televised event, couldn’t even reach the quarters. This was after soaring ahead but letting himself down on the doubles, missing 22 in total, allowing the best in the world back into the match to win 10-7.

His opponent is former world champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, who came from behind at 9-6 to beat James Wade 10-9. It was hard on Wade who at one point had a 9-6 lead and was firmly in charge of the match.

The Machine missed his bull shot for the match, which let Jackpot back in to win 10-9 and reach his first major TV quarter final since 2017. Mighty Mike is 1/9 to win the match, which is pretty steep but any money spent on Lewis’ 11/2 would still feel wasted.

Outright betting at Betway is as follows; MVG is the odds-on favourite at 4/5, Gerwyn Price 7/1, Peter Wright 7/1, Dave Chisnall 9/1, Michael Smith 9/1, Gary Anderson 10/1, Glen Durrant 14/1 and Adrian Lewis 40/1.

Friday, November 15 (7pm)

  • Dave Chisnall V Peter Wright
  • Michael Smith V Glen Durrant

Saturday November 16 (7pm)

  • Michael Smith V Glen Durrant
  • Michael van Gerwen V Adrian Lewis

Sunday November 17

  • Semi-finals
  • Final
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