It’s an interesting format where eight groups of four players battle it out in a round robin format before the top two from each section go through to a knockout stage. Phil Taylor comes into this tournament off the back of a Championship League success and The Power can be backed at 7/4 (BetVictor free bets) to keep the momentum going in the Midlands.
Taylor looks to have a reasonable draw and should top his group that consists of Co Stompe, Mark Webster and Scott Waites, although there will be some dangerous opponents lying in wait for the legend of darts and that includes Michael van Gerwen.
Mighty Mike has rapidly improved in the past twelve months and the Dutchman now has to be taken seriously after winning the World Matchplay event in Dublin where he was given some assistance by a partisan crowd in the final against Mervyn King.
Even so, the youngster beat some good players in that tournament and can’t be discounted to go close in this Grand Slam event where he will face some of the players that used to compete against him before he defected from BDO to PDC. You can back Van Gerwen at 12/1 and his odds for the world championship are similar.
Simon Whitlock is one of the most in-form players at the moment and the Australian is finishing better than anyone else on the circuit which explains why the Wizard of Oz is a best price 10/1 with Sky Bet. Meanwhile, we all know that Adrian Lewis has a phenomenal game when on top form and the two-time world champion is a 10/1 shot to win this one.
Gary Anderson claims to be returning to form at the right time and is on offer at 20/1, while you might think Paul Nicholson is a touch too big at 40/1 considering The Asset has dumbed down his stage act and concentrated on throwing more doubles and trebles.
Wes Newton is another player that can go far in the tournament and The Warrior’s temperament and quick play should suit this format, while the BDO champion Christian Kist can be backed at 50/1 to claim victory.