THE DARTS worlds collide on Saturday when players from both the PDC and BDO combine to compete in the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton and darts expert @Lockuptipster is back with some pre-tournament tips…
Martin “Wolfie” Adams will make his debut in the SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts against Ian White on Saturday, while Andy Fordham is set to meet Adrian Lewis in Wolverhampton after the tournament's draw was made.
The cross-code tournament will feature 24 players from the PDC system and eight BDO representatives, including former Lakeside Champions Adams and Fordham for the first time.
For the group stage, and the short format, using head to head data is not as relevant for this format, as it will suit a quick-fire, out-the-blocks player, which could be a danger for the likes of Phil Taylor and James Wade. Taylor, as short as 4/11 to win his group, could well be a banana skin to say the least. If you put more faith in Wade, he is 4/5 to seal his group. If you do not fancy the win group or qualify market Sportingbet are offering a ‘not to qualify' market and there are some potentially viable bets.
For Keegan Brown NOT to qualify from his group, the bookies think it is a shootout with Mark Webster in who progresses. Webster, who was in good form at the World Grand Prix, making some safety ground within the top 32, will really fancy progressing from the group and I see no reason why he cannot win the group outright especially at 4/1 with Hills.
Another potential longshot is Dave Chisnall not to qualify. Readers will think this is barmy, but it is over the short distance and Dave had some lengthy matches at last weekend’s events with top quality opposition such as Snakebite, Mervyn King and Scott Mitchell. 7/4 on Chisnall to fall short is not out the question.
Group C with Michael Smith NOT to qualify is another possible. The bookies again consider Wayne Jones (Semi-finalist in 2010) as his only real threat as they do not think Andy Fordham will be able to cast back his former glory overnight. Smith not to qualify is possible at 100/30, as Smith has really been off form.
Martin Adams at 10/11 is another to NOT qualify from the group. He will be making his first and maybe last appearance at the event this year.
We enjoyed a 7/4 winner last week on an outright NO 170 and it is only 4/1 at this event. On this occasion it is worth leaving be, as we wanted 6/1. A NO 9 darter is just 4/6, which in reality may represent a great chance of coming in. However, at the European Championships we were teased on more than one occasion on the 9. Equally I couldn’t back yes at 11/10.
Group match betting will follow, but we anticipate some feisty results and the odd upset over the short format. Taylor backers should be aware. Seasoned Taylor backers will know not to touch any Taylor win markets in the group stage.
Mark Webster – Group F winner 4/1 William Hill (0.75pt stake)
Michael Smith NOT to qualify from Group C – 100/30 Sportingbet (1pt)
Martin Adams NOT to qualify from Group B – 10/11 Sportingbet (3pts)