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Three darting dark horses that can go far in World Grand Prix pick three outsiders that can cause upsets and reach latter stages at World Grand Prix darts event in Dublin

The beginning of October sees the return of televised darting action, after a month’s absence, with the sport’s top players set to scrap for the World Grand Prix.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen and 11-time winner Phil Taylor are the top two clear favourites with all bookies to claim the title in Dublin, but the event’s unique format may mean outsiders can cause an upset.

So, ahead of this premier competition (which requires each player to start and finish on a double or bullseye), here are’s three picks that can cause upsets and go beyond expectations…

Dave Chisnall
Everyone knows that Chizzy is one of the more naturally talented throwers on tour, and the 180 specialist will surely pick up a major title at some point in his career, having shown at this year’s Premier League he can consistently beat the best in the business.

The man from St Helens is a former runner-up here in 2013, when he lost out to The Power at the last hurdle, and luckily is in the opposite half of the draw to the all-time great again this year. Chisnall is a fantastic 10/1 chance with Paddy Power to reach the final once more, or 25/1 with a number of bookies to go one step further.

Michael Smith
Another St Helens resident, Bully Boy is one of the rising stars in the game, and being number eight in the world at just the age of 25 shows how talented he is.

Smith first faces qualifier Gerwyn Price, who he is odds-on favourite to beat (best-priced at 4/9 with Coral), while one of lower-ranked Jamie Lewis and William O’Connor awaits him. Van Gerwen is Bully Boy’s next likely opponent, but he beat the Dutchman in a recent European Tour final in Germany, so back him at 11/2 with the same bookie to win the first quarter of the draw.

Vincent van der Voort
This might be a crazy pick, as The Dutch Destroyer’s opening round opponent just so happens to be 11-time World Grand Prix champ Taylor, but The Power has surprisingly exited at this stage three times here before.

On top of that, 55-year-old Taylor doesn’t hit his doubles as often these days, so Van der Voort is very a tasty 5/1 shout with Ladbrokes and William Hill just to come through this clash. The Dutchman is also 25/1 with BoyleSports and BetFred to win the fourth quarter.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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