Grand Slam of Darts Tips & Odds
The best darts players on the planet roll into Wolverhampton this weekend for the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts. Beginning on 10th November, the Grand Slam will last up until 18th, when 2 players will have battled their way through the group and knockout stages to play out what we hope will be a magnificent final. 32 players begin, but there can only be one winner. Let’s find out who Bet UK believe will go all the way in our darts betting tips.
Outright Grand Slam of Darts Tips
Considering recent form, James Wade being installed as 6th favourite for the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts, behind out of form players like Rob Cross, means that there could be value in backing “The Machine”. Two TV titles in a row have gone the way of Wade since the birth of his son Arthur, and it seems like he is more focused than ever. Seeing off the likes of Gerwyn Price, Max Hopp and Simon Whitlock in the European Championship was impressive, but he outdid himself by defeating Mensur Suljovic, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael Smith to win the 2018 World Series of Darts. Full of confidence, Wade is going to be extremely tough to stop.
Grand Slam of Darts Tips and Predictions
|Simon Whitlock vs Glen Durrant||Winner Full Time||Simon Whitlock||20/21*|
|Mensur Suljovic vs Scott Mitchell||Handicap Full Time||Mensur Suljovic -1.5||2/3*|
|Rob Cross vs Mark McGeeney||Over/Under Full Time||Under 7.5 Legs||4/5*|
|Peter Wright vs Jim Williams||First Dart In Match||Single 20||5/7*|
|Michael Smith vs Adam Smith-Neale||Handicap Full Time||Michael Smith -2.5||25/29*|
|James Wade vs Wesley Harms||Highest Match Checkout||James Wade||4/7*|
|Gary Anderson vs Michael Unterbuchner||Handicap Full Time||Gary Anderson -2.5||50/69*|
|Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Robson||Over/Under Full Time||Over 6.5 Legs||1/1*|
SIMON WHITLOCK vs GLEN DURRANT
When the BDO darts players mix with the PDC’s finest, all eyes are usually on the reigning BDO World Darts Champion. The man with that title currently is Glen Durrant, having won the competition for the past two years running. He has a very tough first match against Australia’s Simon Whitlock though. “The Wizard’s run to the European Championship final at the end of October was thrilling, and is testament to the career resurgence he has had over the past year. This is an extremely close game to call, and with some impressive recent results we believe that Simon Whitlock is good value to win the match at odds of 20/21*.
MENSUR SULJOVIC vs SCOTT MITCHELL
Mensur Suljovic has been unusually inconsistent recently. In the last few years, the Austrian has been likely to put in a decent performance every time he steps up to the oche but in the last few weeks and months it has been a slightly different story. He lost in the first round of both the European Championship and World Series. The latter will have been a particularly big blow, coming in front of his home country crowd in Austria. That said, he is still likely to be a few classes above his BDO opponent Scott Mitchell, whose crowning achievement was claiming the BDO World Darts Championship back in 2015. Mensur Suljovic can be backed -1.5 legs on the Handicap at odds of 2/3*.
ROB CROSS vs MARK MCGEENEY
As has been mentioned in our other darts articles such as the World Series of Darts Preview, Rob Cross has really struggled for any sort of form since winning the PDC World Darts Championship in January. It has been a tough 2018 for “Voltage” but there have been some bright spots along the ways, such as a win in the Brisbane Darts Masters. His opponent Mark McGeeney was a losing finalist in the BDO World Championships and goes into this first game as a big underdog. The tip is for under 7.5 legs at odds of 4/5*.
PETER WRIGHT vs JIM WILLIAMS
Peter Wright is another player that has been slightly out of sorts in the last few tournaments, coming nowhere near winning them. His great run to the final of the World Grand Prix was followed by early defeats at the European Championship and World Series of Darts. The world number 2 is more than good enough to put a solid run together, but we believe he may have to ease his way into this tournament. Odds of 5/7* for the first dart in the match to be a single 20 looks like decent value.
MICHAEL SMITH vs ADAM SMITH-NEALE
Michael Smith will still be replaying the conclusion of the World Series of Darts final against James Wade last week. “Bully Boy” missed an astonishing 5 darts to win the title and seemed to buckle under the pressure of claiming what would have been the first major TV title of his career. A group stage match against Adam Smith-Neale will, of course, see a lot less pressure on Smith, meaning he can play his usual game. Smith should be far too good for his opponent here and can be backed at odds of 25/29* to win -2.5 legs on the Handicap.
JAMES WADE vs WESLEY HARMS
James Wade is on cloud nine right now. His son Arthur was born just a few weeks ago and since then, the Aldershot thrower has been in the form of his life. Victory in the European Championship was followed up by a sensational World Series of Darts win, seeing off Michael Smith 11-10 in the final. Wade will go into this first group stage match against Wesley Harms as a massive favourite, with odds of 4/7* to hit the highest checkout of the match. As our outright tip for the tournament, we believe that Wade could go all the way yet again this weekend.
GARY ANDERSON vs MICHAEL UNTERBUCHNER
It’s been a strange year for Gary Anderson. He has dropped to number 4 in the PDC world rankings and lost his opening match in the World Series of Darts to Dave Chisnall, crashing out of the competition a lot earlier than expected. Even when the “Flying Scotsman” loses though, he usually plays well and let’s not forget he recently won the Champions League of Darts live on the BBC. Gary Anderson can be backed at odds of 50/69* to win -2.5 legs on the Handicap.
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN vs GARY ROBSON
Michael van Gerwen is struggling. That is not a sentence that has been written very often at all throughout his career but he is currently dropping well below his unbelievably high standards, losing to Steve West and Raymond van Barneveld in the last two TV events. Considering MVG has not been his unstoppable best recently and the fact that there is no value in the Match Winner market, odds of 1/1* for over 6.5 legs seems like a good shout for this contest.
Bet UK have listed a Grand Slam of Darts preview on our darts news page on the sports betting blog. Darts betting odds for the PDC World Darts Championship can also be found on the Bet UK sportsbook too.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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