Wright, Huybrechts and Harms can upset the odds
The first day of the Grand Slam of Darts has thrown up plenty of interesting contests and one or two underdogs that have every chance of causing an upset on the Wolverhampton stage.
The group stage at the Grand Slam is played over a best of nine legs format which is short enough for upsets to occur on a pretty regular basis and if anyone makes a slow start to their early matches then they could find themselves out of the game before they know it.
One man who does now always make blistering starts to big matches is James Wade who meets one of the stars of the Pro Tour this year Peter Wright. The last time we saw Wade he was having a tantrum on stage at The Masters on route to a 10-1 loss to Phil Taylor in the semi-finals and, as ever, it is difficult to say what kind of mood he will be in when he gets to Wolves. Wright is a best price of 6/5 to win the contest with the tournament sponsors William Hill and he looks good value at that.
When the BDO players come across to take part in the Grand Slam it is often difficult to gauge how they will do, but one man who could struggle this year is the 2012 Lakeside champion Christian Kist. The Dutchman has not kept up the fine form that saw him win that tournament and has really done next to nothing this year without even a semi-final to speak of.
Kist is not taking on one of the very leading lights of the PDC on Saturday but he is facing a solid performer in Ronny Huybrechts. The Belgian is fast improving on stage and has shown that he can deal with the very best as he knocked Phil Taylor out of the European Championship. The Rebel is odds-on in places and looks great value at 6/5 with Sky Bet to open with a win.
One BDO player that can make an impression on Saturday though is Wesley Harms who is becoming a consistent force in the organisation. Sparky has reached the semi-finals at the last two Lakeside championships and has got his hands on a major trophy this year with the WDF World Cup. Harms takes on Gary Anderson who, of course, is an excellent player on his day but you never really know what to expect from him and could easily fall to the Dutchman as Terry Jenkins did first up last year. Harms can be backed at 13/8 with Paddy Power and looks great value.
Peter Wright to win @ 6/5 with William Hill
Ronny Huybrechts to win @ 6/5 with Sky Bet
Wesley Harms to win @ 13/8 with Paddy Power
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