Wade vulnerable to Beaton at Grand Prix
The first round of the World Grand Prix gets going on Monday evening with three of the world’s top five players in action, although the man ranked fifth on the planet, James Wade, could be in for a tricky night in Dublin.
The Machine was suspended from action during September and although he returned to the oche this weekend at the Players Championships in the Irish capital with some decent results, his form cannot be exactly what he wants it to be.
He takes on Steve Beaton who has hit some of the best form of recent years in the last couple of months, regularly reaching the latter stages of events and claiming victory in the German Darts Masters which shows just how well he is performing.
Wade does have an excellent record in this tournament and against the Adonis in general but if ever there is a time that Beaton can triumph it is on Monday night and at a best price of 11/5 with Bet Victor he looks worthwhile backing.
The tournament favourite Phil Taylor is also in action against Jamie Caven who has enjoyed arguably the best season of his career in terms of consistent form and results so certainly will not be downed without a serious fight.
The first round is a first to two sets affair and Jabba is very capable of claiming one against Taylor although the world number one should still go through. Over 2.5 sets is a best price of 11/8 with Bet365 and looks a generous price.
One of the tastiest clashes of the first round sees the bang in-form Peter Wright facing world number eight Wes Newton. With a more favourable draw either man would be capable of heading deep into the competition but one must depart early. Snakebite is the favourite to progress at 10/11 with Paddy Power with the Warrior just behind at evens with Sky Bet. The tight nature of the odds shows just how little there is between the players at the moment which makes the EVENS with Sky Bet on over 2.5 sets look very good indeed.
Elsewhere it should be an exciting battle between the rapid-throwing pair Gary Anderson and Jelle Klaasen and in truth both are unpredictable and anything could happen. There is no doubt that the Dutchman is more than capable of pulling off an upset at 11/8 with Sporting Bet given his upturn in form this year and Anderson’s stagnation.
Connie Finnan is also a big price to beat Terry Jenkins in the last match of the evening. The Irishman is rarely seen on the big stage but is an excellent player who has a 9-dart finish to his name on the Pro Tour. Jenks is still a fine player but is vulnerable and 11/4 with Bet365 looks worth taking.
Whilst there are other contests that see Ronnie Baxter taking on Colin Lloyd, Paul Nicholson facing Robert Thornton and Simon Whitlock meeting Mickey Mansell the value seems to lie elsewhere.
Steve Beaton to win @ 11/5 with Bet Victor
Phil Taylor v Jamie Caven over 2.5 sets @ 11/8 with Bet365
Peter Wright v Wes Newton over 2.5 sets @ EVENS with Sky Bet
Connie Finnan to win @ 11/4 with Bet365
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