Written 3rd October 2019
World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips & Preview
We have gone a number of months without a top tier PDC Darts betting event but thankfully we are back with a bang, as the top 16 players in the world are joined by 16 qualifiers from the ProTour Order of Merit for one of the biggest events in the calendar: the World Grand Prix. This unique tournament was won last year by Michael van Gerwen, seeing off mercurial runner up Peter Wright 5-2 in a comfortable final.
This is of course the only event in the PDC darts calendar where players need to start each leg with a double otherwise they will not be able to begin scoring. What this tends to mean is that more upsets happen, with players that are strong on doubles having a distinct advantage over those that rely on their heavy scoring.
The event gets underway on the 6th October at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin and will run through to the final on 12th October.
Here are our darts betting tips for The 2019 World Grand Prix.
Outright World Grand Prix Darts Tip
With a couple of months of lesser tournaments, mixed between the floor and smaller crowds, Rob Cross will have had quite a bit of time to enjoy his most recent major tournament victory back in the World Matchplay. Always considered to be one of the biggest tournaments in World Darts, the Matchplay victory was a huge achievement for “Voltage” to add another major title to his 2018 World Darts Championship crown. Cross had to work hard for that Matchplay victory too, beating the likes of Chris Dobey, Krzysztof Ratajski, Stephen Bunting, Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith along the way.
There are a few reasons why we have decided to go for Rob Cross for our Bet UK World Grand Prix tip. The first of which is the tournament itself, with the double in, double out format. This suits a player like Cross who can combine heavy scoring with his clinical finishing, particularly on his favourite double 18. As well as this, the draw has shaped up pretty nicely for the world number 2 with defending champion Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Michael Smith in the other half of the draw, meaning Cross wouldn’t meet any of them until the final.
If he can make it through the first match against Mensur Suljovic unscathed then we think Rob Cross has a great chance of lifting the title in Dublin.
You can back “Voltage” at a fantastic BOOSTED PRICE OF 10/1 to win the tournament.
Outside Chance Tip
There are quite a few players in the running to be considered a good outside chance bet, with many ‘longshots’ having the potential to cause an upset or two. We considered players along the lines of Dimitri van den Bergh (66/1) and Simon Whitlock (70/1), but it is the big Scotsman John Henderson that we have decided to go with. He is one of the biggest outsiders in the online betting odds, which we believe offers good value at his price of (150/1).
One of the main reasons why he jumps out at us is due to the fact that he caused one of the biggest upsets in World Grand Prix history back in 2017, after “Highlander” dispatched Michael van Gerwen in the first round. He then went on to beat Alan Norris and Raymond van Barneveld in a fairytale run to the semi-finals. We see no reason why he couldn’t cause a shock or too yet again, starting with 8th seed James Wade.
Match Winner Betting Tips
Stephen Bunting vs Jonny Clayton
After a few years out in the wilderness, the former BDO world darts champion Stephen Bunting seems to have found his feet once again. Though his opponent in round one, Jonny Clayton, has been a little bit more successful in the floor tournaments recently it was Bunting that gave a great account of himself back at the World Matchplay in July. After a thriller in round one, “The Bullet” shocked Gerwyn Price in a 13-12 win, followed by a great performance against Ian White. This victory saw him come up against Rob Cross, and he pushed the eventual champion all the way. We believe Bunting is good value to come out on top in round one in Dublin.
Gary Anderson vs Keegan Brown
It has not been the easiest few years for Gary Anderson, as his nagging back injury has caused a lot of problems. It has meant that tournaments have been missed, and therefore his ranking has suffered as a result. The “Flying Scotsman” is hanging onto 4th place in the world by a thread, as his good friend Michael Smith is breathing down his neck. What that means is that Anderson knows he has to perform in the World Grand Prix, so we would not like to be in Keegan Brown’s shoes here.
Dave Chisnall vs Gerwyn Price
There are some tasty first round ties in the 2019 World Grand Prix, but this may well be the pick of the bunch. You never really know what you are going to get from Dave Chisnall as he can be erratic. What we do know however is that when he’s on form he is one of the most talented players on the planet. Gerwyn Price is a lot more reliable and often performs well, but we have a sneaking feeling Chizzy will be up for the fight here, with a point to prove after dropping out of the seeded positions in the last few years.
Peter Wright vs Max Hopp
Similar to his Scotland teammate Gary Anderson, Peter Wright has suffered a fall in the world rankings, more through poor form than injury though in his case. It is a shame to see that he is not playing the kind of darts that he was just a couple of years ago, but it is clear to see that the talent is still there. Form is temporary, class is permanent. That is exactly why we have decided to go for “Snakebite” to claim a victory in round one and advance to a game against either Adrian Lewis or Jermaine Wattimena.
The World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips and Predictions
Here are all of Bet UK’s darts tips for the World Grand Prix.
|Outright Tournament Winner||Rob Cross||10/1 BOOST|
|Outright Tournament Winner||John Henderson||150/1|
|Match Winner||Stephen Bunting||20/21|
|Match Winner||Gary Anderson||10/31|
|Match Winner||Dave Chisnall||11/10|
|Match Winner||Peter Wright||10/31|
World Grand Prix Darts 2019 Draw
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Jamie Hughes
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Steve Beaton
(8) James Wade v John Henderson
Mervyn King v Dimitri Van den Bergh
(5) Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock
Joe Cullen v Ian White
(4) Gary Anderson v Keegan Brown
Ricky Evans v Chris Dobey
(2) Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant v Krzysztof Ratajski
(7) Peter Wright v Max Hopp
Adrian Lewis v Jermaine Wattimena
(6) Gerwyn Price v Dave Chisnall
Stephen Bunting v Jonny Clayton
(3) Daryl Gurney v Danny Noppert
Vincent van der Voort v Nathan Aspinall
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting sportsbook correct at the time of writing.