A Look At Friday At The Grand Slam of Darts

A Look At Friday At The Grand Slam of Darts

Grnad Slam of Darts Friday

Two out of four quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts will take place tonight in Wolverhampton as Dimitri Van den Bergh faces off against Mensur Suljovic before Simon Whitlock meets Gerwyn Price, all live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm. Tomorrow, Michael van Gerwen takes on Jonny Clayton while Gary Anderson matches up against Michael Unterbuchner, who this became only the 10th BDO player in Grand Slam of Darts history to reach the quarter-finals.

How did we get here? Well, last night, Michael van Gerwen beat Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith in an absolute epic, while elsewhere James Wade’s 13-game winning streak was ended by BDO star Michael Unterbuchner. MVG averaged 108 and hit eleven 180s but Bully Boy still managed to push him all the way, averaging three figures and six maximums plus duel ton+ checkouts in a match that ended 10-8 to the Dutchman. Going forward, Mighty Mike will now meet Jonny Clayton in the quarter-finals after the Welshman won 10-3 against Krzysztof Ratajski, who himself beat van Gerwen in the group stages.

Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson has arguably been the player of the tournament so far, having been in scintillating form and coming through the group stages winning 100% of his matches. Anderson took the decision to focus on major events and sit out the European Tour. It looks like this is a decision that is paying dividends as he aims to win the Grand Slam of Darts for the first time in his career. Anderson has enjoyed a fantastic season so far, which has seen him collect his maiden UK Open, World Matchplay and Champions League titles. Looking ahead, he now looks in good shape at Ally Pally, where he has been crowned World Champion twice previously. He makes the Quarters courtesy of a 10-2 smashing of Wesley Harms.

Simon Whitlock is remaining darter to have made it to the last eight and he goes tonight against Gerwyn Price, who overcame Josh Payne on Wednesday. On the same night, Whitlock was too good for Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, winning against the Scotsman 10-6, while Mensur Suljovic dismissed PDC World Champion Rob Cross 7-10. The Gentle’s opponent, Dimitri Van den Bergh made it this far after beating Stephen Bunting 6-10 in match where the Belgian hit a stunning nine-darter and will be the first player stepping up to the oche tonight.

Grand Slam of Darts quarter final betting tips

Dimitri van den Bergh, World Youth champion, should still be riding a high following his nine-dart finish against Bunting but must now recompose himself for only his second televised quarter-final of his career. Last year, he made the World Championship quarter-final, losing out to eventual winner Rob Cross and tonight faces the increasingly impressive throwing of Mensur Suljovic, who ran out 8-2 the last time these two met.

As well as Suljovic is playing of late, he hasn’t hit a single 180 in his last two matches which is concerning but even then, the results have still been mostly strong. As the senior of these two competitors, experience and stamina — especially given the longer format of the matches — should come in to play and flip things firmly in the Austrian’s direction so we expect him to make the last four.

Next up tonight is Whitlock vs Price, a rematch from the group stage earlier this week which Whitlock won 5-4. The Australian has been in Grand Slam form as well, having made the quarterfinals twice previously in 2008 and 2009, while he also deservedly knocked out world No 2 Peter Wright in his previous match, so he is looking in great shape. Yet, I still think The Iceman could put the skids on the Wizard here. On that basis, I would expect both Price and Suljovic to progress to the semis where they should meet Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson in a jaw dropping last four.

For those looking for the latest outright prices on the Grand Slam of Darts from Betway, your numbers are as follows. Michael van Gerwen is an odds-on favourite at 8/11, Gary Anderson 3/1, Mensur Suljovic 8/1 and Gerwyn Price 16/1. 16/1 is also the best price on Simon Whitlock, while Dimitri van den Bergh is 18/1, Jonny Clayton 66/1 and finally the long shot available at the nice price of 100/1 is Michael Unterbuchner, the BDO’s sole representative.

Finally, everyone at BettingDarts would like to pay our respects to the family of PDC co-founder Tommy Cox who passed away aged 72 on Wednesday. Back in 1993, Cox linked up with Dick Allix and John Markovic along with 14 of the sport’s biggest names to form the World Darts Council which has since evolved in to today’s PDC.

Tommy Cox PDC passes away

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Mighty Michael van Gerwen wins Grand Slam of Darts

Mighty Michael van Gerwen wins Grand Slam of Darts

Michael Van Gerwen Grand Slam

On Sunday at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Michael van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor before taking down Peter Wright in the final to claim his third straight Grand Slam of Darts. The world number one now adds the title to his World Championship and Premier League crowns in what has become yet another imperious year for the Dutch master.

A strong final eight

The group stages had seen a number of spirited performances from some of the field’s outsiders, but in the end the final eight was about as good as could have been expected.

The Order of Merit’s top four – Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney – all took their place in the Quarter Finals. They were joined by the 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, a 2017 televised major winner in Mensur Suljovic, BDO champion Glen Durrant and Rob Cross, considered by many to the game’s hottest emerging talent. This was not a view shared by Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor regarding Daryl Gurney, who when quizzed by Sky Sports if Superchin represented the future of Darts, laughed it off and humiliated his young opponent 16-4, 24-hours later.

Back to Sunday’s action and Peter Wright, who had earlier fought back from being six legs down to beat Gary Anderson 15-16 in the semi-final, couldn’t keep up with MVG in the final. van Gerwen averaged over 50% throughout the whole event and won six of the last eight legs to win 16-12 and claim yet another major televised title.

Only hours earlier, the Dutchman had beaten Phil Taylor, the only other man to win three Grand Slams, 16-8. The final paired the newly top ranked pair in the world who went on to share seven 100+ finishes before Mighty Mike hit the after burners and stormed off with the win becoming only the second man to lift the Grand Slam trophy on three successive occasions.

Looking ahead

As the players prepare for the Players Championship in Minehead this weekend, many eyes are turned towards Alexandra Palace and the World Championships, now little under a month away.

Michael van Gerwen heads into the Ally Pally chasing a third world title and his second in as many years. He currently a 4/5 favorite at Betway to do so. Gary Anderson (11/2) and ‘Snakebite’ Wright (7/1) in particular should be considered the biggest threats to the Dutchman’s growing immortality.

Elsewhere, the traditional top eight of the past few years is finally being threatened by Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic and Rob Cross as they begin to challenge the likes of Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall and James Wade in hunting down the leading pack of Van Gerwen, Wright, Anderson, Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld. Come February, Wade, Lewis and Chizzy will have a battle on their hands when it comes to the Premier League matches and other majors.

That said, it’s inevitable that the departing legend that is Phil Taylor will be where the pre-tourney narrative is. He enjoyed himself in Wolverhampton, where he made life miserable for the Sky Sports’ cameras. During the event he playfully cursed live on air and dismissed the challenge of Gurney, whom he destroyed in the QF’s. On this form, he will not be going quietly come North London. Taylor is a respectable 8/1 at current prices for one last shot at World Championship glory.

The Power will not be at Minehead this weekend, where the PDC go it alone and where 27-year-old Rob Cross is the top seed. Cross’ good form continued with a run to the quarter-final last week, making it easy to forget that this is his first year on the circuit and was not even a professional this time last year. Now Cross, who has risen to world’s top 20, finds himself top seed and fourth favourite for a live televised event. If you fancy Cross to win live on ITV2 this weekend, get on him now at 9/1 at Betway. Or, of course, you’ll find the big three, MVG (10/11), Anderson (11/2) or Wright (8/1) also available.

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Grand Slam of Darts Group Stage Roundup

Grand Slam of Darts Group Stage Roundup

Phil Taylor Qualifies for Group Stage

Despite suffering defeat to James Wade, Phil Taylor joined Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Raymond van Barneveld and Daryl Gurney in the last sixteen of the Grand Slam of Darts. Wade, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney and Dave Chisnall will all be there too as the Round One Group Stage threw up little in the way of surprises.

The path to the final 16

For Taylor, progression into the knockout stages of his last ever Grand Slam was secured without even throwing a dart following Robbie Green’s shock 5-3 defeat to the BDO’s Peter Machin who had already been eliminated.

Green almost beat The Power on Sunday before the departing legend showed the class of old to fight back to a 4-3 win. However, last night in a match against James Wade The Power wasn’t able to match his opponent, averaging just under 85 and missing 11 darts at doubles in a 5-3 defeat that saw both men progress.

Elsewhere, two-time defending champion Michael van Gerwen — who was already guaranteed a place in Round Two — topped Group A after he made it three wins out of three following a 5-2 victory over Joe Murnan in which the Dutchman averaged over 108.

The world number one and pre-tournament favourite was followed out of the group by Rob Cross who secured a runner up spot with a 5-2 triumph over the BDO’s Ross Montgomery. In Group B, Raymond van Barneveld and second-placed Steve Lennon both moved into the last 16 at the expense of Gerwyn Price, the biggest name eliminated so far.

Group D was sorted in dramatic style after a nine-dart shootout was required to decide the result between Websters, Mark and Darren. The pair — which are no relation — returned to the oche after their match was tied with Mark scoring 298. Darren, who had previously lost 5-1 to Daryl Gurney, landed a brilliant win-or-die treble 19 with his last shot to total 301 and take the group’s second place behind Gurney.

The other groups were all finished on Monday, meaning we already knew Peter Wright had failed to secure the top spot in his admittedly tough Group E. He took second place behind Glen Durrant of the BDO, which we predicted as a possible outcome last week. Stephen Bunting topped Group F at the expense of Dave Chisnall, who still progresses as do the first and second place finishers of Group G — Mensur Suljovic and Michael Smith respectively.

There were also no surprises in the final group as the world number two Gary Anderson ran out the winner and was joined in the last 16 by Berry van Peer, despite his attack of Dartitis on Monday night.

Prices for final 16

Heading into the final 16, Betway has updated their outright odds accordingly.

Michael van Gerwen (8/11), Gary Anderson (11/2), Peter Wright (10/1), Phil Taylor (10/1), Mensur Suljovic (18/1), Daryl Gurney (20/1), Rob Cross (20/1), Glen Durrant (22/1), Raymond van Barneveld (40/1), Dave Chisnall (50/1), Michael Smith (66/1), James Wade (80/1), Stephen Bunting (100/1), Darren Webster (150/1), Steve Lennon (250/1) and Berry van Peer (500/1).

Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

TV Coverage: Sky Sports Action/Main Event (19:00)

Wednesday November 15

Mensur Suljovic v Berry van Peer
Glen Durrant (BDO) v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v Michael Smith
Stephen Bunting v Peter Wright

Thursday November 16

Michael van Gerwen v Steve Lennon
Raymond van Barneveld v Rob Cross
Phil Taylor v Darren Webster
Daryl Gurney v James Wade

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