The 2019 World Grand Prix is a few days away and the tournament appears wide open. In needing to hit on a double beginning the leg the special format of the major , has lent itself to a lot of upsets through the years. This means there is usually a jolt or two on.
There are so many players currently enjoying with some brilliant darts right now and you can create a case for a whole slew of those names in the tournament. The fact its possible to locate Michael Van Gerwen at 15/8 is telling of his kind lately and it is. All say naturally MVG was likely to win and we might look back at the conclusion of the week, he is the best player on the planet. But with brief games at the start and the arrangement, I would rather look at a few at larger prices.
There is absolutely no half of it to be around. Having said this, but the bottom half is definitely tougher. There are some tasty looking round games, including Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price v Dave Chisnall. Chizzy got to the Gibraltar Darts Trophy final, dropping out into Krzysztof Ratajski who also finds himself within this side of the attraction, last week. On a nine darter was struck on by chisnall long the method and it looks like he is being really helped by his darts. Before the attraction, I liked the appearance but I would be worried by Chizzys form. I am not financing any stakes for the tournament.
I am looking in the half of the draw for my choices. Yes, Michael Van Gerwen is in this half but hes beatable. He should get through his first two games but you never know in the Grand Prix. He could face countryman Jeffery p Zwaan in the second round that famously beat him in the 2018 World Matchplay. Whoever makes it throughout that quarter I hope to confront my very first selection JAMES WADE (best cost 25-1).
This championship is clearly loved by the two-time Grand Prix winner. Needing to begin on a double suits Wade given his impeccable record about these. Its a clich?? however he is a clutch player. Hell slip legs from opposition from nowhere. Since his sons birth he seems to have become much more relaxed at the oche. His return to the Premier League saw him end in third position before dropping to Rob Cross from the semi-final.
Lately he reached two semi-finals from New Zealand Pros and the European Matchplay. He then followed this up with his fifth PDC name of the year a month at the Players Championship in Barnsley. He arrives at Dublin in form that is strong and with lots of happy memories . With a good draw I guess Wade is slightly on the side at 25/1. His game against John Henderson will not be a pushover, as MVG well knows following his shock 2017 exit to the Scotsman. If Wade can get past that having some momentum the Machine going far in the championship can be seen by me.
My second bet is MICHAEL SMITH (greatest price 22-1). Certainly that important is only around the corner? He keeps knocking on the door at big events and you would believe that he will go of the way earlier or later. It was another remarkable run in a major for the Bully Boy although he had been unlucky at the World Matchplay final against Cross. He had some early exits in the Players Championship at Barnsley month that might be a factor supporting his price. As Smith always seems to put in a run in the huge events, this doesnt disturb me, however.
His scoring capability is simply magnificent and when he could land his doubles at a rate he can defeat anyone. He could be a frustrating player to watch and could be his own worst enemy at times. He works herself up too much over missed chances that he carries to another leg instead of just forgetting about that. When hes on song however, he is a joy to see.
Hes got a favourable quarter of the draw. Of course no games are easy but a participant of Smiths calibre must get either and then Simon Whitlock Joe Cullen or Ian White. I imagine hes more determined than ever to finally win that major he deserves. He has all of the talent in the world and I do not doubt he will go on to acquire a few majors. This week offers a perfect chance to eliminate the mark.