Grand Slam of Darts enters the knockout stage

Grand Slam Of Darts

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Published: 12/11/2014

With the Grand Slam of Darts now entering the knockout stages, things really start to get exciting, with no second chances for players like during the group style format of the previous round.

The first section of second round matches features world number one and tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen. The Dutchman finished off the group stage of the event with a convincing 5-0 victory over Jan Dekker. Admittedly, van Gerwen did not look at his best in his first group match against Darren Webster but he still came through it with a win and has gone from strength to strength and, according to the man himself, his best is yet to come. His opponent in the second round is Terry Jenkins, a man famed for reaching many finals but struggling to get over the finishing line. Jenkins met van Gerwen recently in the final of the European Championship in Germany and lost 11 4 in what ended up being a comfortable victory for the Dutch player. The Bull, as Jenkins is known, turned over some tough opponents in his group games and came through with 4 points from his three games, however, this match will be a step up in class and it`s highly unlikely that Jenkins will defeat van Gerwen, who is 1/5 with BetVictor to win the match and 10/11 with bet365 to be leading after 4 legs. Considering their latest result, handicap betting could be worth a look here, with Michael van Gerwen 5.5 at 13/8 with paddypower.

Another Dutchman in action tonight is Raymond van Barneveld, who is always a crowd favourite wherever he seems to play. He came through his group undefeated, having recorded 3 wins from 3 games and this will provide the confidence that van Barneveld seems to require if he is going to do well at a tournament. His opponent in the second round, Keegan Brown, is the current World Youth Champion and will also be entering this match with great confidence having defeated Adrian Lewis during the group stages. Barney is favourite for this match at 3/10 with ladbrokes but if Brown can get a good start and rock the fragile confidence of his opponent he has a decent chance and can be backed at 3/1 with betfred.

Dave Chinsall, who recorded consecutive 5-1 victories in his group before losing his final match to Adrian Lewis, comes up against a man he knows well, Robbie Green. Chisnall can be excused for losing his final group match to Lewis having already qualified, averaging over 100 in the two previous matches in his group. Green qualified in spectacular fashion, hitting a 170 checkout in the deciding leg of his final match against Vincent van der Voort but Chisnall should have too much for him in this match and is 1/3 with stanjames to take the victory with Green priced at 11/4 with bet365.

With little value around in the first group of second round matches, a treble featuring Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall is available at evens with Coral and given the big match experience of these three players, it`s a difficult bet to turn down.

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