Grand Slam of Darts: Five terrific group tips for oche excellence

Holly Thackeray | November 4, 2015

Coral’s five great Grand Slam of Darts tips

The Grand Slam of Darts returns this weekend, with a number of high-profile darting duels between top-drawer tungsten superstars. Though this tournament has a twist: both BDO and PDC players will compete for the crown.

So, to celebrate this exciting event, Coral present five fantastic group stage tips for customers ahead of the weekend’s oche action.

Punters can also take a gander at the full Grand Slam of Darts pool draw, or glance over a schedule of upcoming winter competitions.

Jelle Klaasen to come out tops

Darts - World Championships - Quarter Finals - Alexandra Palace
Cobra Klaasen has been in deadly form of late, striking to claim several impressive scalps and reach two successive televised quarter-finals, and his composed finishing style means the revived arrowamith is a cracking shout at 2/1 to win Group B.

Veteran Ian White is the determined Dutchman’s biggest rival for pool bragging rights, but the Cobra has proven a venomous opponent for Diamond before, winning their past two duels by decent margins. As the in-form player of the two PDC pool favourites, this price is too good to miss.

Andy Fordham to fight back

DARTS World final trophy
Cult hero The Viking’s comeback has attracted much attention, as fan-favourite Fordham has returned to the sport following health problems.

Has the former BDO World Championship and World Masters winner still got what it takes? In a sport that often favours an underdog, Fordham could prove a fruitful punt. Odds of 8/1 are enticing for the Viking to at least slay some of his group stage opponents and secure passage from Pool C to the second round.

The decorated darting legend told press recently “It’s been a long road, incredibly tough at times, and of course you wonder if you will ever get back to playing on stage in one of the Majors. I never gave up hope.”

Peter Wright to scale heights

Wright is available at 6/4 to win Group D ahead of Dave Chisnall, Mervyn King and Scott Mitchell; a price punters should pounce on quickly.

Snakebite has had a sensational few seasons to become ranked fourth in the world by the PDC and, ending as UK Open runner-up plus finishing in the semi-finals of the World Matchplay and European Championship in 2015, shows the Scot has substance as well as style.

Scott Mitchell to shock qualifying

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Speaking of Pool D, it’s looking quite perilous for Chisnall, who has flattered to deceive of late. Instead, we look to BDO world number one Mitchell to take advantage of Chizzy’s recent troubles and qualify ahead of his fellow Englishman at odds of 2/1.

With the BDO 2015 World Championship under his belt, Scotty Dog certainly has the pedigree to surprise his PDC peers.

Keegan Brown to beat off The Bullet

Darts - 2014 William Hill World Darts Championship - Day One - Alexandra Palace
Last but not least, rising star Brown has a great shot at 3/1 to claim Group F spoils. Having almost given giant Michael van Gerwen a fright at the recent World Grand Prix, defeated Robert Thornton 10-7 in the World Matchplay and claimed his first senior professional title by stunning Adrian Lewis in the 2015 Players Championship final, there is clearly spades of potential here.

Armageddon always appears fearless despite his young age of 22 and, with his main competition an inconsistent James Wade, the Durham-born darts starlet and 2014 Under 21 World Championship winner has every opportunity to make a name for himself.


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