The big names come out to play in the European Darts Grand Prix on Saturday as the last 32 of the competition take place over the course of two tantalising sessions of action out in Sindelfingen as the sixth European Tour event catches fire.
That means that we will have the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney and Rob Cross on the stage as the qualification process for the European Championship at the end of the year continues at some pace.
Premier League star Michael Smith gets us up and running on Saturday when he takes on the Polish star Krzysztof Ratajski in a match which deserves a better billing than a show opener. Joe Cullen then steps onto the stage to take on the former BDO ace Mark McGeeney before Jonny Clayton goes up against Ross Smith. We are taken to the interval by Mervyn King who will look to overcome James Richardson.
With James Wade pulling out of the tournament after the draw was made, we only have three matches in the second part of the afternoon. There are a couple of good matches among them too with Ricky Evans facing Keegan Brown in one of them and Ian White taking on Dimitri Van den Bergh in another. Gerwyn Price concludes the session when he takes on the relatively unknown Gavin Carlin.
It seems as though Rob Cross against Jeffrey de Zwaan is a permanent fixture in the European Tour this season and the latest instalment opens up the evening session. They are followed by Darren Webster taking on Vincent van der Voort before the match I’m most looking forward to on the day as Daryl Gurney faces Chris Dobey. We head to the break with Mensur Suljovic in action. He faces the form horse Steve Beaton.
Adrian Lewis takes us out of the interval when he goes up against Jamie Hughes who is making a big name for himself this year and then comes the battle of two of the best youngsters in the game as Max Hopp meets Nathan Aspinall. The final two matches of the evening sees Michael van Gerwen going up against Brendan Dolan and Peter Wright playing the unheralded Niels Zonneveld.
I’ll go with one bet over the course of Saturday’s play and it comes in the evening session where Chris Dobey looks to be overpriced to see off Daryl Gurney to me. Gurney could be forgiven for having his mind on a huge night coming up on Thursday in the Premier League and to be fair to him having already won one of these things this season he can afford to sack this event off if he wants to.
Even if he doesn’t, Dobey looks to have every chance here. He has won their only meeting in 2019 and in his match on Friday to make it through to this stage he won 6-0 against Madars Razma and averages in excess of 103 in the process so he looks to be in decent nick. I would still make Gurney the favourite here but 13/8 on Dobey is a price I can’t ignore.
Back C.Dobey to beat D.Gurney for a 4/10 stake at 2.63 with Betfred
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