Darts Betting: World Grand Prix – Thursday Tips

Andy Hamilton v Steve Beaton 

Andy Hamilton and Steve Beaton each progressed to the second round with comfortable straight sets victories. Hamilton was a 2-0 winner against Mark Webster with a steady 84.92 three-dart average, while Beaton was in eye-catching form as he took out Andy Smith with a 94.49 average and an impressive 67% checkout rate.

Hamilton holds a distinctive 10-3 advantage in the head-to-head record between the pair, and has undoubtedly been one of the form players in the past 12 months. But Beaton showed that he still has the class to mix it at this level with that first round victory. 

Given the way both players have performed over the past year Hamilton is a deserving favourite, but looking at the way each man played in the first round there’s value in taking Beaton at odds of 2.50.

Colin Osborne v Paul Nicholson

On paper Colin Osborne’s win over James Wade was a major shock and hugely impressive victory for the underdog. Those who watched the match, however, will know that it wasn’t quite as simple as that. Wade, who has suffered from mental health problems in the past, was visibly not quite right, and even then could have won the match in straight sets but for a 108 checkout from Osborne.

Paul Nicholson, meanwhile, made light work of Michael Mansell in what was a potential banana skin for the out-of-form Aussie-Geordie. Although his opponent rarely applied any significant pressure Nicholson was solid on his starting double and clinical in closing out legs.

This is another one where the favourite, Nicholson, is justified, but where the outsider, Osborne, at odds of 2.55 holds the value.

Adrian Lewis v Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen continued his brilliant season with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Colin Lloyd in the first round. The Dutchman came back from losing the first set to take the second in a deciding leg with a 13-dart leg and set up this mouth-watering clash with Adrian Lewis.

The world champion came past Richie Burnett with flashes of brilliance alongside a number of lapses in confidence. Jackpot seemed to lose his concentration in a leg where Burnett missed 15 starting doubles and took a little while to refocus. Fortunately for him he did get back on track in time to take the match.

Again, at odds of 2.40, it is the outsider, Van Gerwen, that represents the value. However, if you’ve been following this column all week you’ll be sitting on an outright bet on Lewis, so we’ll leave this game alone and hope that the bookies are correct in their reckoning.

Wes Newton v Ian White

World number six Wes Newton was one dart away from being whitewashed by Ronnie Baxter in the first round. But The Warrior came back to win six out of the next seven legs to prove his worth as one of the games very best players on current form and book his place in the last 16.

Another player towards the very top of the form tree is Ian White. Enjoying a dramatic resurgence in his career Diamond took out Raymond van Barneveld in straight sets on Tuesday to add the Dutchman to Adrian Lewis in his list of big-name scalps in front of the TV cameras in recent weeks.

Victory over Newton would represent another big win for the elder statesman and again, at the odds, it is he who is the value bet at 2.65.

Best BetsSteve Beaton to win @ 2.50; Ian White to win @ 2.65.