World Grand Prix Darts Round 2 Preview and Tips

Starting on Sunday, the World Grand Prix Darts tournament is now underway in Dublin, Ireland with 32 of the world’s best players starting the tournament in the hope of winning a £110,000 share of the £450,000 prize pool for one of the biggest tournaments of the year.

The Grand Prix is one of the few tournaments of the year which has players start with a double, as well as finish and this added feature means that games can turn out very differently to the standard non-double start. Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion in the event, having won it four times in total in the past and he starts as the clear favourite to win the title once again this year.

With the first round of games in the bag, we are going to review those matches and give you a preview of who to bet on in the second round of games, as well as our tip for the outright winner of the tournament.

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World Grand Prix Round 1 Results

  • Michael van Gerwen (1) 2-1 Jamie Hughes
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan 2-0 Steve Beaton
  • James Wade (8) 2-1 John Henderson
  • Mervyn King 2-1 Dmitri Van den Bergh
  • Michael Smith (5) 2-1 Simon Whitlock
  • Joe Cullen 1-2 Ian White
  • Gary Anderson (4) 2-0 Keegan Brown
  • Ricky Evans 0-2 Chris Dobey
  • Rob Cross (2) 2-1 Mensur Suljovic
  • Glen Durrant 2-1 Krysztof Ratajski
  • Peter Wright (7) 2-0 Max Hopp
  • Adrian Lewis 1-2 Jermaine Wattamena
  • Gerwyn Price (6) 1-2 Dave Chisnall
  • Stephen Bunting 2-0 Johnny Clayton
  • Daryl Gurney (3) 0-2 Danny Noppert
  • Vincent van der Voort 0-2 Nathan Aspinall

While the four seeds in action on Sunday night made it through their opening round games, it wasn’t quite so plain sailing for the seeds on Monday night in the second set of First Round matches as both Daryl Gurney, seeded third and Gerwyn Price, sixth, saw their hopes of winning the trophy ended. Price went down 2-1 to Dave Chisnall while Gurney produced a lacklustre display in losing 2-0 to Dutchman Danny Noppert.

Other surprises on the night saw wins for Jermaine Wattamena and Stephen Bunting over Adrian Lewis and Jonny Clayton respectively which when combined with the action from Sunday, the highlight of which was Michael van Gerwen’s narrow victory over Jamie Hughes, means we now have a second round draw as follows.

World Grand Prix Second Round

The second round sees the length of games increase from the best of three, to the best of five sets and the games, which start tonight and which will be completed on Wednesday evening, are as follows:

  • Michael van Gerwen (1) v Jeffrey De Zwaan
  • James Wade (8) v Mervyn King
  • Michael Smith (5) v Ian White
  • Gary Anderson (4) v Chris Dobey
  • Rob Cross (2) v Glen Durrant
  • Peter Wright (7) v Jermaine Wattamena
  • Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting
  • Danny Noppert v Nathan Aspinall

With the way the draw is structured, this means that we will have at least one unseeded player reach the semifinals (as the winners of the last two games on the list above, between the four unseeded players, will contest the fourth quarterfinal).

Second Round Tips

  • Michael van Gerwen (1) v Jeffrey De Zwaan

Two Dutchmen collide in the second round here but there is no doubting that the smart money is on the World Number 1 van Gerwen emerging as the winner. De Zwaan did well to come through his first round game with Steve Beaton but van Gerwen is a different prospect altogether and I’d expect a comfortable win for Mighty Mike here at 1/4.

  • James Wade (8) v Mervyn King

Aldershot’s James Wade is a former two-times winner of this event and his ability to consistently hit the doubles does hand him an advantage over most other players in the tournament who may not be quite so accurate as Wade. Mervyn King is a stalwart competitor though and he will make things tough for Wade but over a best of five, I think Wade will claim the win at 4/9.

  • Michael Smith (5) v Ian White

Although Michael Smith has the greater pedigree in the big events in recent times, Ian White is in superb form on the Pro Tour and I think this is a very even contest as the 10/11 for the win on both players from bet365 suggests. For me, this is the one game tonight that can see an upset and I am backing Ian White to cause it here.

  • Gary Anderson (4) v Chris Dobey

Gary Anderson is still searching for his very best form since his return to fitness and he faces a tough prospect against an improving Chris Dobey. Over three legs, I’d have given Dobey a chance here, but over five I think the Scot will end up recording a solid victory as his odds of 3/10 suggest.

  • Rob Cross (2) v Glen Durrant

This should be a cracking match and arguably is the most even contest of the evening. Rob Cross is in good form and as World Number 2 he starts as favourite. Glen Durrant, the BDO World Champion though is fast earning a very good reputation in the PDC and he will push Cross hard. This will be a battle and I can see it going down to the final set but I feel Cross just has enough to land the win at 4/6.

  • Peter Wright (7) v Jermaine Wattamena

Peter Wright suffered from a crisis of confidence earlier in the season, with poor showings at the World Championship and Premier League, however he has regained some of his form since then and I think he will be the comfortable winner of this game with the improving Jermaine Wattamena.

  • Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting

After defeating Gerwyn Price, Dave Chisnall will be confident of taking on Stephen Bunting this evening. The St Helens darts ace has been in better form of late after suffering a drop off in form over 2018 and into 2019. Bunting though is no slouch and if Chisnall is not at his best, then Bunting could sneak the win. However, I still feel Chisnall’s scoring power will be the key to victory here.

  • Danny Noppert v Nathan Aspinall

After a fine win over Daryl Gurney Danny Noppert will be hoping to go deep in this tournament but I feel he has a tough task on against an in form Nathan Aspinall who has had a superb 2019 and who I feel is on the verge of really pushing on into the top ten of the PDC. Aspinall should take the win in this one.

As for who wins outright, you’d be crazy to back against anyone but Michael van Gerwen at the moment with the Dutchman 6/4 at bet365.