Michael van Gerwen can land a third World Grand Prix title after his World Matchplay victory
Three years ago, Michael van Gerwen announced himself as a serious contender in the world of darts when winning this major title in Dublin.
Since then, the Dutchman has become a heavyweight in this sport and the world number one can make it a third World Grand Prix title in the space of four years, with Mighty Mike just a class above the opposition.
Much is made of the unusual format in this tournament which means a player needs to throw a double to get off the mark, although MVG had few problems twelve months ago, eventually beating James Wade in the final.
Van Gerwen would have preferred to avoid playing Keegan Brown in his opening match and perhaps that is where the Dutchman is vulnerable, although we’re still happy to back him with confidence at 21/10 with Boylesports.
Phil Taylor is third seed and in the bottom half of the draw along with Gary Anderson, with the Scot reaching the semi-finals last year after previously flattering to deceive.
As for the Power, he’s an 11/4 chance although Vincent van der Voort is a tricky opening opponent and then there is Mervyn King or Terry Jenkins in the second round, both of whom would love a crack at Taylor.
James Wade also lurks in that quarter and the Machine is supreme on his doubles which probably makes him the best value player from the bottom half of the draw.
Bet365 go 16/1 about a player who produced the goods twelve months ago when reaching the final, with Wade unlikely to be fazed by Mensur Suljovic and then he potentially faces Andrew Gilding or Simon Whitlock.
We should know better than to trust Raymond van Barneveld or Adrian Lewis in a tournament that neither seem to flourish in, while Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall clash in an opener that neither player would have wanted.
Stick with the obvious and back MVG for another trophy.
BETTING TIP: Michael van Gerwen @ 11/5 with Boylesports