2017 Darts Grand Prix Round One Betting Preview

  • 28th September 2017
2017 Darts Grand Prix Round One Betting Preview

Ben Levene (@benlevene96) previews Round One of the 2017 Darts World Grand Prix. The tournament takes a double-in format and the first round is best of three sets.

2017 Darts Grand Prix Round One Betting Preview

Date: Oct 1-2

Watch: Sky Sports

Jelle Klassen to Beat Dave Chisnall @ 7/4 (Coral)

Klaasen has been troubled with injury this year. But over the last few weeks has shown signs of hitting form. In our outright preview we noted that Klaasen has lost to the eventual winner in each of his last two tournaments. Chizzy is odds-on here but for me is never a convincing favourite, especially when against a player with the calibre of Klaasen. Double-hitting is always a worry with Chisnall and given the double-in format here, it makes sense to oppose him. The players are more evenly matched than the prices suggest.

Gerwyn Price to beat Michael Smith @ 11/8 (Various)

Gerwyn has found another gear in 2017. Although his form has been patchy at times, he’s reached the final of the UK Open and World Cup of Darts, and has troubled the elite on the World Series. His form may have dipped but the Welshman has shown promising signs of improvement. He averaged over 99 in three consecutive matches at the weekend and has shown in the past that he is more than capable of performing on TV. Smith dominates the head-to-heads, winning each of the last seven and has himself showed glimpses of his destructive best this calendar year. Smith went out in the first round at the weekend and has averaged around the 90 mark in each of his last four matches. Bully Boy went out in the first round of the Matchplay and although at his best can trouble anyone, he faces a tricky test this week when he plays The Iceman.

Side Markets

Joe Cullen Most 180’s v Darren Webster @ 9/10 (Bwin)

Joe Cullen’s maximum hitting has been obscene of late. At the weekend he was in fine 180 form, hitting at least four maximum’s in each of his four matches at an average of one every two or three legs. He’s also had no problem in the past doing it on the tele. Cullen has shown his power scoring on TV over the last 12 months via the Matchplay, UK Open and World Championships. To contrast, Darren Webster has been slightly out of sorts this month. Weirdly, The Demolition Man tends to play better on TV but on the Euro Tour has hit just three combined 180’s in his last four matches. He can be opposed on the 180 count. I’d take a small cover by backing Over 4.5 180’s in the match at 19/10 with the same firm as both players are capable of a rampage.

Raymond Van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson – Over 4.5 match 180’s @ 21/20 (Bwin)

I know the double-in format reduces the chances of a 180, but I think Bwin have their prices wrong for this encounter. Kyle Anderson has been belting the treble 20 since about August time. The Aussie showed at the World Series he was capable of competing with the best, he then brought it to the Euro Tour with a series of impressive ton-plus averages. Maximum hitting is actually an underrated part of Barney’s game. Van Barneveld fired 20 180’s across 53 legs at the Champions League of Darts earlier this month, that’s a rate of around a maximum every 2.5 legs. Anywhere between six and fifteen legs can occur here (even more in a tiebreak situation). Any more than seven or eight and you have a steal, one of these can even beat the line by themselves!

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts Jelle Klaasen to beat Dave Chisnall @ 7/4
  • 2pts Gerwyn Price to beat Michael Smith @ 11/8
  • 0.5pt Joe Cullen Most 180’s v Darren Webster @ 9/10
  • 0.5 Raymond Van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson Over 4.5 180’s @ 21/20