Hurricane can blow away MVG
The Group Stage of the Grand Slam of Darts comes to a close on Tuesday night and there are set to be some tense and thrilling encounters just as there were on Monday evening as favourites slid out of the competition and underdogs sneaked through.
The highlight of the evening will almost certainly be the clash between two of the best players on the planet at the moment in Michael van Gerwen and Kim Huybrechts. MVG knows if he wins he is through whilst Kim could lose and still progress so it is all in the balance.
Mighty Mike is the hot favourite at 2/5 with Coral but the Hurricane looks a tremendous price at 2/1 with Ladbrokes given his recent form. He may have lost to Dean Winstanley first up but he looked good doing it and then whitewashed Vincent van der Voort. The Belgian has beaten the world number two in both their last two meetings and should be backed to make it a hat-trick in Wolverhampton.
No fewer than three clashes are winner-takes-all affairs, the first of which is between Paul Nicholson and Stuart Kellett, a match Nicholson is clear favourite to win. In terms of big stage experience there is no comparison and that is why Nicho is 4/6 with Sporting Bet and Kellett is out at 11/8 with Boyle Sports. However, if KO can fire in an average of near 94 as he did against Kevin Painter last time out then he has every chance of causing an upset.
Kellett desperately needed that win over the Artist to kick start his stage career because he has proved time and again he can cut it on the floor. This one will be close and really could go either way. It is a slender price but you can back over 7.5 legs with confidence at 11/13 with Bwin.
The second of the all or nothing bouts sees two former world champs face off in Adrian Lewis and Christian Kist and it could well be a cracker. Lewis conspired to lose his last match to Ronny Huybrechts despite averaging over 101 and he certainly does not look to be at his ruthless best this tournament although, we all know he can kick into gear at a moment’s notice.
Kist was not up to a lot in his first match but showed some brilliant flashes in seeing off Richie George last time out and, much like Lewis, when he’s good he is very good but that is far from all of the time.
What these two do promise is plenty of maximums and whether Lewis blows the Dutchman away or it goes the distance there are sure to be a few. Over 4.5 180s is 6/5 with Sky Bet and that looks a very decent price.
The final winner takes it all meeting is the tightest of them all as Gary Anderson meets Peter Wright and the bookmakers cannot split then with both men available at a best price of 10/11 with Sporting Bet.
There is nothing between them in form or in the head-to-head between the two so this is as tough as it gets to call. Where Anderson can flatter to deceive though is in the maximum market where he has a great reputation but does not always live up to it. Despite averaging over 107 in his first match he hit just one 180 whilst Wright banged in four in defeat to James Wade. Snakebite is 6/4 with Sky Bet to hit the most maximums and looks good value at that.
Kim Huybrechts to win @ 2/1 with Ladbrokes
Paul Nicholson v Stuart Kellett over 7.5 legs @ 11/13 with Bwin
Adrian Lewis v Christian Kist over 4.5 180s @ 6/5 with Sky Bet
Peter Wright most 180s v Gary Anderson @ 6/4 with Sky Bet
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