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Darts World Grand Prix 2021

(TV event 3 – 9th October 2021)

One of the fans favourite events of the year, the World Grand Prix, has yet another new venue for 2021. Leicester, the Morningside Arena, will be the host of this year’s event and will see a welcome return of thousands of dart fans. The unique event format is set to bring more surprises and upsets as the players have to hit a double to start and finish a leg. Not starting the leg within the first throw of three darts can mean the leg is lost, especially if the player is throwing second in a leg. But surprisingly, this event has also been filled with nine-dart legs and more than one in a single match.

The nine-dart leg in the World Grand Prix usually comes from a double twenty start followed by two treble twenties, hence why most players will tend to try and start a leg with this combination.

Players who favour double sixteen as their main target area to start the leg cannot win the leg within nine darts. If one of your favourite bets is a nine-dart leg, you should avoid players that start the leg with a double sixteen combination; otherwise, you might as well rip up your betting slip. A favoured player for this feat is James Wade. Although his nickname is the Machine, it used to be 009 because he hit nine-dart legs for fun and although he won the World Grand Prix back in 2010, he has still yet to win the biggest prize of all the World Darts Championships. However, James might be one of the players going under the radar and an earlier bet, while the odds are in the punters' favour might prove dividends. The best betting sites have odds on 2022’s World Championship, and these will change as the World Championships draws closer.

 

The Players

Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright are likely to be front runners to win the World Grand Prix. Peter, fresh from winning the World Cup of Darts with his substitute partner John Henderson, maybe one of the fans favourites to win the 2021 World Grand Prix title. Peter, however, has only made the final once in 2018, losing out to Michael van Gerwen, the young Dutchman that was until recently dominated the sport after the retirement of the legendary Phil Taylor.

 

Gerwyn Price

The former rugby star, Gerwyn Price, has shown some form of dominating the majors in the past 12-months, winning last year’s World Grand Slam, the 2020 World Cup for Wales with his darts partner Jonny Clayton, and the World Darts Championship. The defending World Grand Prix Champion is unlikely to give up his title easily. The earlier short format could be the only Achilles heel for the Welshman.

 

Michael van Gerwen

Lockdown has affected players. Some players have benefitted from the break and have spent the time well improving their averages and performance. However, as any player will tell you, there is nothing like match play to sharpen your game. Michael certainly was a player that had a good run before lockdown hit the world, but he has failed in recent months where he once dominated. Changing his trusted darts and flights to his new sponsored brand Winmau may be a mixed blessing. The new darts are made to his specifications, but not all change is good, as we have seen with Peter Wright.

 

Peter Wright

Peter, currently ranked No.2 by the PDC Order of Merit, can frustrate some fans with the constant change of equipment. Even when winning events, there is no guarantee Peter will use the same darts set up for the next event. Peter has also been known to change his dart mid-game!

Peter strives for perfection, and if he feels something is working correctly, he makes changes; that is not to say he won’t opt back to a previous setup. However, Peter seldom blames his darts equipment should he ever lose.

Fans usually wait to see how Peter performs in his opening few legs before deciding if Peter has the correct setup for the match before placing their bets but don’t put it past Peter to change his darts mid-game!

 

The Top Sixteen

The top sixteen by the PDC Order of Merit claim their automatic place in the World Grand Prix, and they will be ranked accordingly. A few dart fans are starting to take a bigger interest in some player's surge up the ranking table, and Dimitri Van den Bergh is one.

Dimitri is a form two-time World Youth Champion and the former 2020 winner of the World Matchplay. The young Belgium player is slowly working up his way the league table and is currently at No.5

 

Jose de Sousa

The player who decided to stay in the UK most of his time during the lockdown benefited late last year by winning his first major PDC title, the Grand Slam of Darts. Considered one of the most challenging events to win, the Grand Slam features qualifiers from different sides of the sport. PDC players are joined by the top-performing former BDO players and qualifying ladies, making the mix of the cream that darts offers. Jose could be a one to watch this year, and many punters are likely to consider him a fair bet.

 

PDC World Grand Prix - Previous Tournament Winners

Year

Winner

Score

 

Score

Runner-Up 

2020 Gerwyn Price
5
-
2
Dirk van Duijvenbode
2019 Michael van Gerwen
5
-
2
Dave Chisnall
2018 Michael van Gerwen
5
-
2
Peter Wright
2017 Darryl Gurney
5
-
4
Simon Whitlock
2016 Michael van Gerwen
5
-
2
Gary Anderson
2015 Robert Thornton
5
-
4
Michael van Gerwen
2014 Michael van Gerwen
5
-
3
James Wade
2013 Phil Taylor
6
-
0
Dave Chisnall
2012 Michael van Gerwen
6
-
4
Mervyn King
2011 Phil Taylor
6
-
3
Ireland Brendan Dolan
2010 James Wade
6
-
3
Adrian Lewis
2009 Phil Taylor
6
-
3
Raymond van Barneveld
2008 Phil Taylor
6
-
2
Raymond van Barneveld
2007 James Wade
6
-
3
Terry Jenkins
2006 Phil Taylor 
7
-
4
Terry Jenkins
2005 Phil Taylor
7
-
1
Colin Lloyd
2004 Colin Lloyd
7
-
3
Alan Warriner
2003 Phil Taylor
7
-
2
John Part
2002 Phil Taylor
7
-
3
John Part
2001 Alan Warriner
6
-
2
Roland Scholten
2000 Phil Taylor
6
-
1
Shayne Burgess
1999 Phil Taylor
6
-
1
Shayne Burgess
1998 Phil Taylor
13
-
8
Rod Harrington

 

 

 

 

 

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