It is the final day of the European Darts Grand Prix out in Sindelfingen on Sunday with the sixth European Tour title of the year concluding and the winner being ascertained on what will be a busy last day of the event.
Most of the big names made it through the last 32 on Saturday by hook or by crook which sets up a wonderful last day. The last 16 takes place in the afternoon with the remainder of the event in the evening session. As always we’ll cover the last 16 but time restrictions stop us from attacking the latter end of the event.
First Four Matches
The man who has been runner up in the last two European Tour events, Ian White, opens the show on Sunday afternoon when he takes on the improving Keegan Brown before two class acts go at it as Michael Smith faces Jeffrey de Zwaan. Steve Beaton looks to continue his good form in the third match of the day when he takes on Ryan Searle who had Saturday off after James Wade pulled out. We then head into the break with Gerwyn Price facing Darren Webster in a clash between two feisty competitors.
Later Four Matches
We come out of the break with a juicy looking match up as well as Daryl Gurney faces the UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall before two men who are no strangers to each other from their BDO days collide when Jamie Hughes faces Mark McGeeney. Two men with European Tour titles to their name meet in the penultimate match of the afternoon when Peter Wright faces Jonny Clayton and then the session concludes with Michael van Gerwen playing a James Richardson who has played well so far this weekend.
I like two bets over the course of the afternoon with Jeffrey de Zwaan being the focus of the first of them. He faces Michael Smith who gave a weird interview after his win on Saturday suggesting he is the whipping boy of the tour in his mind. Obviously that is nonsense but I can’t be backing anyone with those thoughts in their head and it won’t take much for de Zwaan to feast upon any insecurities in his opponent here. The Dutchman is quite rightly a confident cat and after his win over Rob Cross on Saturday he can go on and beat Smith here.
I’ve been opposing Peter Wright in the last couple of events and I’m not going to stop that anytime soon I have to say. I don’t think he looks convincing and the fact that he has a different set of darts in his hand every time we see him suggests all still isn’t well in his mind. Jonny Clayton has spoken about quitting his job to take darts more seriously and that decision will be made much easier if he can go the course and distance here. Wright probably deserves to be favourite here but there hasn’t been a big enough gap between the form of these two to merit such a disparity in the odds for this one. I’ll take Clayton as the value call.
WON – Back J.de Zwaan to beat M.Smith for a 4/10 stake at 2.20 with William Hill
Back him here:
Back J.Clayton to beat P.Wright for a 3/10 stake at 2.63 with BetVictor