2017 Darts Grand Prix Round Two Betting Preview

  • 3rd October 2017
2017 Darts Grand Prix Round Two Betting Preview

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

2017 Darts Grand Prix Round Two Betting Preview

Date: Oct 3-4

Watch: Sky Sports

After an eventful First Round and many a scalp, our opening round bets led to profits of +2.95pts. Our outright bet of Gary Anderson has been void after he withdrew due to the imminent birth of his child, and our 8/1 outright shot Peter Wright is the new tournament favourite with Michael Van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and James Wade all exiting in the opening round. We also have 10/1, 11/1 and 9/1 Quarter bets still alive.

Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen Over 8.5 180’s @ 10/11 Sky Bet

For me this is the match the evening. Gurney and Cullen are amongst the biggest scoring players on the circuit at the moment and both should thrive off one another’s fast style. There are a few possible angles to take here. Cullen has a convincing 5-1 head to head record over Gurney and their maximum hitting ability is more even than the Most 180 markets suggest. However instead, total 180’s looks the way to go. Gurney and Cullen hit four and six maximums respectively in their opening games. Across September, they average a maximum every 1.9 and 3.1 legs, amongst the most frequent on the circuit. I’m going to play it safe and take the 10/11 about Over 8.5 match winners with Sky Bet but I certainly think Over 9.5 180’s at 8/5 with Bwin and Each players Four or more 180’s with Betfair at Evens can be chanced

Gerwyn Price to beat Benito van de Pas @ 20/21 Betfair

Gerwyn was our biggest priced winner of the opening round and he’s seemingly underestimated by the bookies again. Benito is still that player with a lot of potential, Price has simply been a better player of the last 12 to 18 months or so. Of course, van de Pas has the ability to trouble most, he’s capable of posting huge averages and battering the treble 20. But I think Price is too long at the 1.95 offered by Betfair. He defeated Michael Smith, a 2017 World Series competitor and a former Premier League play, in the opening round. Benito has actually won three of the last four meetings between the pair but Price will have an eye on a Premier League spot and with so many big names out of the running this week, he has a great opportunity to go deep and have a crack at a TV title.

Simon Whitlock -1.5 Sets v Richard North @ 10/11 Sky Bet

Simon played well in his opening round win over Christian Kist. He averaged around the 89 mark, which is commendable given the double-in format. Time and time again Whitlock has shown calmness under pressure on the tele, he’s efficient and doesn’t seem to panic. It’s been a long time since we’ve been shouting about Simon Whitlock for a TV tournament but I honestly think he has a cracking chance this week. Like Gerwyn Price, Whitlock may not get many better opportunities at a TV title. But the Aussia has an edge. He’s done it before. He’s a former European Championship winner, World Championship and Premier League finalist and has won two UK Open Qualifiers and a Players Championship in 2017. He knows how to get the job done.

Unlike Rob Cross, Richard North had no problem carrying some decent floor form onto the tele against Mark Webster. North was somewhat fortunate and benefited from Gary Anderson’s withdrawal as Webster was drafted in late on to replace him. North will show good character and grit but he averaged just 75 against Webster and over a longer format I expect the class of Whitlock to show through.

Recommended Bets

  • Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen – Over 8.5 Match 180’s @ 10/11
  • Gerywn Price to beat Benito van de Pas @ 20/21
  • Simon Whitlock -1.5 set handicap v Richard North @ 10/11