The Group Stages of the 2022 Grand Slam of Darts were completed on Tuesday night as the top two from each group advanced into the 2nd round.
It’s a race to 10 legs now as the wheat and the chaff are separated in Wolverhampton.
Peter Wright is one of the biggest names missing from the Last 16 as the Scot tripped over a competitive Group E, whilst Raymond van Barneveld, Danny Noppert, Michael Smith and Dirk van Duijvenbode all managed to take the maximum six points from their three games.
Let’s take a look at some of the best betting for Thursday’s 2nd Round matches:
Nathan Aspinall (-3.5 handicap) to beat Jermaine Wattimena at 11/10 with bet365
Thursday 17th @ 19:10
Jermaine Wattimena grabbed four points from Group F and was close to topping it if it wasn’t for a 5-0 whitewash to Johnny Clayton.
He won his other two matches, but twice averaged a pretty miserly 88 and 85.
Nathan Aspinall is too good of a player not to capitalise on this sluggish form in a race to ten and he is in good form averaging 92+ in each of his three group matches.
The “Asp” to win this 10-6 or better is the value bet.
Luke Humphries 10-7 or 10-8 vs Ross Smith at 7/1 with bet365
Thursday 17th @ 20:50
Ross Smith still has his tail up after winning the title at the European Championships, but is that purple patch running out of steam?
If you ask Michael van Gerwen he will say no – Smith beat MVG 5-4 in Group G with a 107 average, but then again lost 5-4 to Luke Woodhouse.
Luke Humphries has shown consistent form over a longer period on the PDC Tour and we fancy “Cool Hand Luke” in this race to 10.
10-7 or 10-8 feels about right at a good price of 7/1 with bet365.
Michael van Gerwen vs Josh Rock Over 16.5 legs at 4/5 with bet365
Thursday 17th @ 21:40
Josh Rock has been a revelation on the PDC Tour over the past few months.
The youngster has scooped Players Championship accolades and was just one leg away from taking maximum points from Group H.
He has the dreaded Michael van Gerwen draw in the Last 16 but we are expecting the 21-year-old to hold his own.
MVG is beatable these days and is certainly susceptible to being pushed all the way in this best-of-19 clash.
Over 16.5 legs at 4/5 with bet365 looks a solid option.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.