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  • on 15.11.2012
  • at 05:29 PM
  • by KT

Bank on Waites to progress | Grand Slam of Darts Betting

After a couple of excellent betting days on the Grand Slam of Darts, last night was somewhat of a frustrating one with Anderson, O’Shea and Kist all finding themselves in strong positions but missing doubles to win when it mattered.

Hopefully we’ll have a little more luck tonight as the knockout stages get underway over the longer format (best of 19 legs) and we’ve previewed each match in turn…

Dean Winstanley (1/3) v Arron Monk (11/4)

We fancy Winstanley to ease past youngster Arron Monk in the opener having impressed in the group stages, seeing off Simon Whitlock 5-1 last time out and averaging over 100 in the process.

Monk himself won 5-1 in his last match against Jan Dekker but the Dutchman was well under par and Monk will need to improve on his 83.85 tournament average if he is to test Winstanley here.

We think Winstanley should make relatively light work of Monk and will be taking a chance on the -2.5 handicap.

Mervyn King (1/2) v Kevin Painter (7/4)

King won all three of his round robin group matches, losing just 6 legs in the process and has looked impressive throughout. He has averaged over 96 in the Grand Slam so far and will be looking to get off to a good start against Kevin Painter tonight.

‘The Artist’ himself has shown glimpses of brilliance at times but progressed with just a +2 leg difference (won 14, lost 12) averaging just under 90 in the round robin stage of the Grand Slam.

We like the look of King to cover the handicap here, and Boylesports 11/10 to win by 3 legs or more looks a decent price over this race to 10 legs.

Michael Van Gerwen (7/4) v Phil Taylor (4/9)

The third match of the night has all the makings of a classic as the two tournament favourites go head to head at the first knockout stage.

Van Gerwen has looked impressive so far, particularly in his first match where he beat Steve Beaton with a 3-dart average of 103.42. He has lost just 5 legs in his 3 matches so far, although his last match was all but a walk-over as Hankey struggled from the first dart.

Whilst Taylor is not quite the same player these days he is still the man to beat and has the 2nd highest tournament average (96.94) of those players still left in the Grand Slam, but has hit just a single 180 thus far.

‘The Power’ lost his final group match against Scott Waites, but he had already qualified and he will be looking to bounce back against the flying Dutchman here.

This should be a lot closer than the bookies are predicting and we think MVG is capable of covering the +3.5 handicap at what looks a generous 4/6 (SkyBet).

  • Van Gerwen (+3.5 legs) – 4/6 (SkyBet)
  • Total 180s (Under 7.5) – 11/10 (Paddy Power)
  • Taylor 10-8 – 9/1 (SkyBet)

Scott Waites (4/6) v Robert Thornton (11/10)

Scott Waites was the most impressive of all the players in the group stages, beating Phil Taylor and averaging just shy of 100 across his 3 games. He won this event in 2010 and will be looking to add to his tally with another TV title here in Wolverhampton.

His opponent Robert Thornton is somewhat of a steady player. He is unlikely to hit the big finishes regularly but will be in and around the trebles/doubles if he is given a chance. And whilst he is the underdog on current form he will be hopeful of causing an upset.

That said if Waites carries his form through to the groups he should have more than enough to progress at what looks a great price (4/6 with Bet365).

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