Snakebite to strike in Killarney
The PDC tour makes a swift return to Ireland this weekend with two Players Championship events in Killarney and with a number of the top players in the world opting out of the tournaments there is great opportunity for those lower down the rankings to have a great couple of pay days.
With the World Grand Prix only having come to a close on Sunday and three gruelling days of Championship League action mid-week many have decided not to compete in Ireland. These men include Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld so it is safe to say the field is as open as you will see in a ranking event all season.
The favourite is Dave Chisnall who goes in at a best price of 8/1 with Sporting Bet but it is still tough to say how he will perform given his Grand Prix heartache less than a week ago. Chizzy was of course battered 6-0 in the final in Dublin and then took to the oche in the Championship League only to be eliminated on Tuesday so he does not appear to have recovered too well from the defeat.
The three men who have triumphed in the Championship League this week are van Gerwen, Terry Jenkins and Ian White and it is only the latter who is competing this weekend so he has to be considered a threat. Diamond has proved he can challenge anyone on his day and he will be full of confidence after a stunning Championship League debut on Thursday. He is 20/1 for the Saturday tournament and that could be an excellent price and worth backing each-way.
For me the man to beat in Ireland though is going to be who White beat in the final in Essex on Thursday, Peter Wright. Snakebite may have had a very disappointing Grand Prix but he has looked good all week at Crondon Park and has already proved this season he is more than capable of winning these non-televised events. His form has been so good that he is second favourite for the Saturday tournament ahead of the likes of World Championship finalists Gary Anderson and Andy Hamilton. Wright remains a value bet at 10/1 though and can be backed with reasonable confidence.