Roy The Boy previews the Grand Slam of Darts and he recommends each way bets on Adrian Lewis and James Wade.
Take Two From the Grand Slam’s Bottom Bracket
The 2015 Grand Slam of Darts, broadcast on SKY Sports, gets underway on Saturday. The competition, staged at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall and worth a total of £400,000 (£100,000 to-the-winner) concludes eight days later.
Before the champion holds his trophy aloft and gleefully accepts his winner’s cheque there will be a lot of darts played, lots and lots. The tournament may only boast a field of 32 players but a First Round group stages means all players must compete in three ‘round robin’ style group matches to simply progress into Round 2 and the traditional knockout stages of the competition.
The groups are made up of one player from the top-8 of the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation): MVG, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, James Wade, Mensur Suljovic and Robert Thornton.
A second player joins each group courtesy of winning a PDC European Tour competition, the remainder are included thanks to a Player’s Championship victory and, to add spice to things, the British Darts Organisation has been permitted to stage qualifiers and they have a player in each of the eight groups.
At the head of the betting, surprise surprise, it’s the ‘big three’ of Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson that dominate. At top-price 10/11, 13/2 and 7/1 respectively. When MVG prevailed in this tournament last year he started as a 15/8 poke.
The draw system is complex, but MVG is certain to enter Round 2 in the top bracket, as should Phil Taylor. So, in short, one player from outside of the top two in the betting (housed in the bottom bracket) is sure to progress to the final and we don’t think that will be the third fav, Gary Anderson.
The reigning World Champion was whitewashed 6-0 by James Wade in the European Championship recently, one of several dire performances he has posted in recent times. His game is appalling right now.
So the recommendation becomes very simple, back both James Wade and Adrian Lewis each-way at Coral’s 25/1. Beyond Anderson, Chisnall and the inconsistent Suljovic are the only notable names in this half of the draw and on overall form they are opposable against the Wade/Lewis combination on any given day.
James Wade and Adrian Lewis each-way at 25/1 with Coral