The 25th staging of the Boylesports World Grand Prix continues in Leicester on Tuesday night so here’s our match-by-match preview and best bets.
At least for now, the last session ever at the Gibraltar Darts Trophy is coming up this evening with the final winner of this year’s European Tour crowned involving many of this year’s top darting stars.
Luke Humphries has been the European Tour king this year and barring a Michael van Gerwen win will go into the European Championship as top seed, he faces Peter Wright in a blockbuster tie to begin proceedings.
Then from the number one seed and the world number one to a top star on the rise as
Top seed Gerwyn Price takes to the oche at the Morningside Arena as he begins his quest to win the prestigious double-start major for the second time while Michael Smith and James Wade are also in action.
Here, we look ahead to all eight matches with seasonal statistics, predictions, best bets and an acca…
Darts betting tips: World Grand Prix day two
2pts Rob Cross to checkout 120+ at 13/8 (Sky Bet)
2pts Ross Smith to hit the most 180’s vs Andrew Gilding at Evs (Sky Bet)
1pt Wade to win the match & have highest checkout & Lukeman to hit the most 180’s at 5/1 (Sky Bet)
The night’s opening game sees the Latvian Madars Razma, take on last year’s Quarter-Finalist Ryan Searle.
Razma is enjoying a decent 2022 having reached the final of Players Championship Seven and a Semi-Final on the Euro Tour. He has however not produced his best in the big events falling at the first hurdle in the UK Open, Matchplay and Nordic Darts Masters.
Searle was impressive in reaching the Quarter-Final of this event last year. He hasn’t been in quite the same vein of form of late, with just one win in his last seven, he has however shown glimpses of what he’s capable of. He won Players Championship 11 and has reached two further finals.
Razma is a big switcher, in fact his 180 per leg ratio of 0.14 per leg is equal to his 171-177 per leg ratio. Searle is the bigger 180 hitter at 0.24 per leg and that could be significant in deciding the outcome in this one. I expect ‘Heavy Metal’ to win and hit the most 180’s.
A tough encounter to call. Gilding has reached three finals this year, losing all of them 8-6. His most recent final was in the most recent event, the Belgian Dart Open so we know he’s in good form.
Ross Smith hasn’t been in such blistering form this year as last with two Quarter-Finals on the Euro Tour the best we’ve seen from him. Having said that he has started producing some very good darts of late. He’s amassed seven 100+ averages in his last sixteen matches and looking somewhere of what he’s capable of.
If I was siding with one player it would be ‘Goldfinger’ Andrew Gilding but the safer proposition in this appears to be Ross Smith on the 180 count. ‘Smudger’ is one of the best in the game in this area at 0.32 per leg over the course of 2022 as opposed to Gilding at 0.23 per leg. This could be a tight game and if it requires all three sets you’d expect Smith to have the higher maximum count.