Darts Betting: World Grand Prix - Saturday tips


Mervyn King v Brendan Dolan

Brendan Dolan continued his love affair with the World Grand Prix by beating Justin Pipe in convincing fashion on Friday night. The Northern Irishman now finds himself in his second consecutive Major semi-final and also in the last four in Dublin for the second year in a row.

Mervyn King was in equally impressive form in his quarter-final match, slaying the dragon slayer that is Robert Thornton. Having dispatched of the world number one in round two, Thornton was unable to progress any further as he came up against a typically dogged and resilient King. One thing we can be sure of is that this match will not be handed to the opposition, whichever way it goes.

King is made the 1.60 favourite in the betting and although it’s easy to see why, it would be a fool who rights off Dolan in this event and with a partisan crowd behind him. That said, King won’t let this crowd get to him. In years gone by I would have been worried by how he may react when the inevitable boos and jeers come from the crowd. Not now. With his earplugs firmly lodged in, a mellowed King now blocks out everything that is going on around him at the oche.

I fancy the Englishman to break local hearts and although the 1.60 on him winning this match is not hugely appealing, the 3.25 on King lifting the trophy tomorrow night is worth a punt.

Michael van Gerwen v Wes Newton

Another major tournament, and another weekend where Wes Newton is in contention for the title. In the past 12 months The Warrior has reached the semi-finals of the Players Championship Finals, quarter-final of the UK Open, final of the European Championship and now at least the semis of the World Grand Prix. It has been a stellar year for Newton and one which, regardless of whether he wins a title or not, he is certain to look back on as definitive in his career.

Ranked number six in the world going into this week, Newton is certain to move above Simon Whitlock to number five and could even usurp Gary Anderson and move into the world’s top four.

But if he is to do so, he’ll need to get past one of the game’s in-form players, Michael van Gerwen. The young Dutchman has matured at a rapid rate in the past six months and showed every ounce of that newfound maturity to beat Andy Hamilton in a final leg decider last night. Having watched The Hammer take out 160 to win the fourth set MVG immediately regrouped and then held his nerve in the deciding leg for the win.

This, however, is Van Gerwen’s first ever televised PDC ranking semi-final, and over the best-of-nine-sets format experience may just give Newton the edge. This match has all the hallmarks of a classic, and could go all the way to a ninth and deciding set, but at odds of 2.12 the value has to be in siding with Newton to reach another final.

Suggested bets:
King to win the World Grand Prix @ 3.25
Newton to beat Van Gerwen @ 2.12