Expect plenty of double trouble this week inside the Morningside Arena.
The Darts World Grand Prix is one of the more interesting tournaments on the PDC circuit, with each player having to hit a double at the start of the leg before their score is counted…
In some cases, this can leave a player throwing for the leg whilst the other is still sat on 501, stuck in the mud of their opening double.
Like many PDC tournaments, Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen’s names dominate the history books, but it’s Jonny Clayton who heads to Leicester as the reigning champion following a 5-1 win over his compatriot Gerwyn Price in 2021.
We kick off on Monday evening with eight matches, and we have pinpointed a few where there is some obvious value.
Michael van Gerwen to beat Gary Anderson and throw the highest checkout at 5/4 with bet365 (10pm)
Michael van Gerwen is extremely comfortable playing this unique format.
The Dutchman is a five-time winner at the Grand Prix and is back on form – despite a shock defeat to Kim Huybrechts in the European Tour at the weekend – by beginning to scoop majors again following a year or so out of the spotlight.
Van Gerwen and Anderson know each other’s games inside out and won’t be worried by the double-in format, but the “Flying Scotsman” can be known to come unstuck on the outer ring.
MVG should get the win here in a race to two sets and a highest checkout to boot provides value above Evens at 5/4 with bet365.
Luke Humphries to beat Chris Dobey 2-0 [BOOSTED] at 6/4 with bet365 (8pm)
Luke Humphries has won four, yes FOUR, European Tour events in 2022, underlining his development into a tournament winner.
He’s up to 11th in the world and his momentum is looking good as he builds on a run to the final in last year’s UK Open.
Chris Dobey is in a similar stage of his career: one of the new breeds looking to break through, but Humphries has that edge over most PDC youngsters at the moment.
Humphries has a child due this week so may have other things on his mind, but we’re not sure he’s going to crumble that easily on the oche.
A 2-0 win for Humphries is boosted and provides real value.
Dirk van Duijvenbode to beat Jonny Clayton at 10/3 with bet365 (9pm)
We’re smelling an upset in the opening round.
Sure, Jonny Clayton hasn’t done much wrong over the past couple of years, but Dirk van Duijvenbode is the type of player than can cause upset after upset on the big stage.
The Dutchman is only one of two players to reach a Grand Prix final in their debut season (back in 2020) and his tail is also up following a run to the final of the World Series of Darts Finals in September.
He lost 11-10 to Gerwyn Price in a thriller in Amsterdam and has that no nonsense style on the oche that leads him to not overthink his game.
Clayton is the reigning champion at the Grand Prix but has only claimed the New South Wales Masters in 2022.
10/3 is a huge price in this short race to two sets.
* Odds correct at the time of writing but subject to change.