It is the middle day of the group stage of the Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday, where two more sessions of action will give us a clearer picture of who will progress to the knockout stages of one of the better competitions on the schedule.
We saw some great darts on the opening day of the tournament with big wins for some and surprise defeats for others while the two women really highlighted the quality on show on the ladies tour. Much more of the same is expected here.
The winners from Saturday play each other in the later part of the afternoon so we get underway with the losers from the first day and that means Brendan Dolan and Richard Veenstra kicks things off on Sunday. Both got walloped on Saturday so neither can afford to lose that. Danny Noppert then looks to get his campaign back on track when he meets Wayne Warren before Jamie Hughes takes on the tough test that is Lisa Ashton. Martin Schindler and Glen Durrant then look to keep their campaign on track when they meet each other.
The battle between the winners begins with Daryl Gurney taking on Gabriel Clemens in perhaps the most low-key contest of the second part of the afternoon. Peter Wright then looks to find the win which will see him into the knockout stages when he takes on Ryan Harrington before we end the afternoon with two cracking contests. Michael Smith meets Nathan Aspinall in a great looking match before the session concludes with Rob Cross taking on Dave Chisnall.
The format for the evening session is much the same as the afternoon with the losers from Saturday opening up the show before the matches between the winners follow later. That means World Cup finalist Steve Lennon takes on Wesley Harms in the first game of the night before Darren Webster takes on Dave Parletti in a match both need to win. Ross Smith and Jim Williams were pretty easily beaten on Saturday and need to win on Sunday as a result. The last losers battle of the day sees Dimitri Van den Bergh taking on the women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki.
It is winners all the way after that as Gerwyn Price continues his title defence when he goes up against Robert Thornton, before James Wade meets Ian White in arguably the tightest match to call of the entire day. Two standout stars compete in the final two matches of a busy Sunday when Gary Anderson faces William O’Connor and Michael van Gerwen meets Adrian Lewis in the pick of the evening session fixtures.
There are three bets I like over the course of the day on Sunday and the first one comes in the afternoon finale where it is hard to avoid Dave Chisnall at odds against. He has won the last five meetings between himself and Rob Cross and they have all been this year, the latest of which was just last week. That is pretty strong form and although Cross has been one of the players of the last few months I’m not convinced short form darts suits him, as evidenced by his European Tour and floor form. It suits Chisnall down to the ground and given the record between the two the World Grand Prix finalist has to be the bet here.
Moving into the evening I’m happy to be with Jim Williams, who is a whole lot better than his performance on Saturday night suggests. To be fair to the BDO star, his tournament really gets underway here. I say that because Michael van Gerwen was always likely to win the group so it is who performs the best in the matches not involving him that will go through. Smith is under more pressure here having MVG to come and as I said in Saturday’s preview I’m just not convinced that he is playing as well as that MVG result a few weeks ago suggested. Williams can let his scoring come out here and potentially dominate this one.
Ian White continues to underperform on the big stage and I see nothing different happening on Sunday when he takes on James Wade. Wade beat Wesley Harms on Saturday night which wasn’t a bad win although the number of doubles he missed was a bit of a concern. He is too good to let that go on forever though and it wasn’t as though White was watertight on the outer ring anyway. Wade is the better player of these two and 10/11 on him appeals.
WON – Back D.Chisnall to beat R.Cross for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with William Hill
Back him here:
WON – Back J.Williams to beat R.Smith for a 4/10 stake at 2.05 with BetVictor
WON – Back J.Wade to beat I.White for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Coral