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World Grand Prix Darts: Form, pedigree and the luck of the draw in MvG’s favour

01 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
World Grand Prix Darts: Form, pedigree and the luck of the draw in MvG’s favour

Dutchman can dominate again in Dublin

Michael van Gerwen goes into the 2015 World Grand Prix Darts as the world number one, the defending champion and 2/1 favourite to lift the trophy, and there is every reason he can live up to his stellar billing and retain the title in Dublin.

Mighty Mike has won a whopping 14 tournaments this year, most notably the UK Open, the Masters and the World Matchplay, and most recently claimed the European Darts Matchplay last month iin sensational fashion, averaging an outrageous 114 in his quarter-final win.

The World Grand Prix holds fond memories for the Dutchman, being his first major tournament win back in 2012, and after his second victory 12 months ago, he could be set to dominate it for years to come. It is strange, given the criticism he received for his doubling in the past, but this is the tournament for van Gerwen.

The draw has also been kind to him, and he’ll be huge favourite against whoever he meets in the waurter.

A semi-final contest with Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld or Peter Wright could arise, but MVG would remain odds-on against any of that trio.

It is impossible to say which of those three will go furthest as Lewis plays Barney first up and Wright meets Dave Chisnall, both matches that could go either way.

The three men most likely to challenge the champion are all in the opposite half of the draw; Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and James Wade.

The Power, who has won this event 11 times and picked up two titles in Australia over the summer, Anderson, World and Premier League champ and the Machine, a finalist here last year and twice previous winner, are all dangers.

Taylor and Wade have the misfortune of a quarter final collision course, just as they had last year when the Machine downed the Power in the last eight.

But with form, pedigree and the luck of the draw in his favour, there is little reason not to back Michael van Gerwen at a very decent 2/1.

2/1 – van Gerwen to win the World Grand Prix

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