The Unibet World Grand Prix gets underway on 1 October and Michael van Gerwen is the favourite to claim victory in this iconic tournament.
Dublin plays host to the week-long event in which the PDC’s top-ranked players come up against the Pro Tour’s best for quick-fire darts on the oche.
The first round sees Michael van Gerwen take on unseeded John Henderson, while Gary Anderson goes head to head with Richard North and Peter Wright faces Stephen Bunting.
Bet live in play on darts at the Unibet World Grand Prix on every match taking place over the week.
The short-game format — it’s only three sets int elf first round remember! — means there’s little margin for error and also increases the chances of a massive upset on the oche.
Bet on Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen is of course the favourite to win the Unibet World Grand Prix. He is 4/5 to claim victory, which shows just how confident the darts betting community are in his talent. Van Gerwen is defending champion and also won this title in 2012 and 2014. The Unibet World Grand Prix is one of the biggest prizes in world darts and a trophy Van Gerwen won’t want to surrender lightly.
Van Gerwen plays Henderson in his opening match and the Dutchman is 1/20 to win. Those odds are ridiculously small and not worth your time with. Instead, it’s worth backing Van Gerwen to win 2-0 at 3/10. He has a 100 per cent record over Henderson from eight previous meetings and this match really is only going one way.
Bet on Unibet World Grand Prix
Other contenders for the Unibet World Grand Prix title are Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. Anderson is enduring a mixed season but did win the Perth Masters earlier in the summer and reached the Unibet Champions League of Darts final. It’s been almost a month since he was on a competitive oche and Anderson may be a little rusty.
Anderson faces North in the first round and, like Van Gerwen, is a heavy favourite at 1/12 to win. These men have never met in a competitive fixture before but the Scot is still worth backing to win 2-1 at 11/4.
As for Wright, the world No 3 is seeking a second major title after winning the UK Open back in March. Wright would surely have won more majors had Van Gerwen not been on the scene. His best performance at he World Grand Prix was back in 2014 when he reached the last-16. That is a surprisingly bad record for such a good darts player.
Wright can suffer in the short-form darts tournaments and the Unibet World Grand Prix is all about getting that first punch in before your opponent knocks you down. Wright has won his last seven games against first-round opponent Bunting and is 1/4 to win in Dublin. That’s a good in-play darts bet but don’t expect Wright, at 7/1, to go all the way.
Darts betting best odds
If you’re betting on a winner of the Unibet World Grand Prix and don't fancy Van Gerwen, Anderson or Wright then there are some great odds on the other contenders.
Mensur Suljovic won the Unibet Champions League of Darts this autumn much to everyone’s surprise. The Austrian was 40/1 to claim the trophy before the start of the tournament. He heads to Dublin as 20/1 fourth favourite to win the Unibet World Grand Prix. He’s 5/2 to reach the final.
Meanwhile, Raymond van Barneveld has reached the final of this competition twice, in 2008 and 2009. The Dutchman is 16/1 to make another final and last year recorded the highest check-out