2016 World Grand Prix quarters: Deadly Dutch duo MvG and Barney to seal semis spots
Holly Thackeray | 6 October 2016
2016 World Grand Prix
- Thursday, October 6th
- Session starts: 19:00 BST
- Citywest Hotel, Dublin
- Live on Sky Sports 3
Chizzy shoulders English hopes, awesome MvG odds
It’s squeaky bum time on the Emerald Isle, as we get down to the business end of the 2016 World Grand Prix on Thursday night.
There were giant killings galore in the opening rounds. But, what do Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall have in store for the quarter-finals?
Check out Coral’s MvG odds to take the tournament, as the Dutch dangerman faces The Wizard Simon Whitlock in his next Dublin duel. While, resurgent Barney battles darting upstart Benito van de Pas in another last eight encounter.
Chizzy, meanwhile, tackles prickly talent Daryl Gurney and is the last Englishman standing after top seeds Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and James Wade bowed out early.
If those tantalising ties aren’t enough to tickle your fancy, read on for our full World Grand Prix quarter-final preview also featuring world champion Gary Anderson, MvG odds and more…
Dave Chisnall v Daryl Gurney
Across the Irish Sea, England expects. Can Chizzy step up? Odds of 2/5 have England’s last World Grand Prix arrowsmith to sail through to the semi-finals.
Northern Irish representative Gurney will have something to say about that, however. SuperChin has conceded just one set so far from five, reflected by his 2/1 price to topple Chisnall.
Gritty Gurney tends to save his best for the big games, so the smart money could be on the 30-year-old to stun Chizzy. With a winning four to two record against the star name, there are odds of 11/2 for the Derry-born man to defeat Chisnall 3-2 in Dublin.
When it comes to set betting, you can snare a 9/5 price for over 4.5 to occur in the game.
Benito van de Pas v Raymond van Barneveld
In what could prove to be one of wrangles of the round, buoyant Barney (1/2 match favourite) battles Big Ben fresh from demolishing Jackpot 3-0 in his last outing.
Young compatriot Van de Pas (13/8) will surely offer more resistance than an out-of-sorts Lewis. His youthful exuberance is therefore a tempting 10/3 to force a 3-2 scoreline, but with veteran Van Barneveld ultimately the victor.
Mercurial fan favourite Barney is frustratingly capable of stunning Lewis and then falling to a lesser light. Yet, the Dutch great has looked dogged and has never lost to this opponent before.
Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock
The Dutch are invading Dublin, and MvG odds of 8/15 say he will take the trophy. Our Thursday evening specials are where Coral come into our own, however, with an awesome 3/1 on offer for Van Gerwen to score the highest checkout on the night.
It is cult hero The Wizard that next stands in Mighty Mike’s way. And, though there have been shocks galore in the World Grand Prix so far, Whitlock is a rather unlikely 13/2 outsider to slay Van Gerwen (1/12) on Thursday.
The green machine should romp to the semis, despite his Aussie opponent’s edging of Alan Norris in a previous 3-2 thriller. MvG is a different beast, with an odds-on 5/6 price to whitewash The Wizard and a more appealing 11/8 to be crowned King of the Oche.
If a flutter on a 170 checkout tempts, this could be the match, with MvG rated 7/1 to clock one up.
Gary Anderson v Kim Huybrechts
Could a last eight upset be on the cards here? Huybrechts has amazingly had the measure of world champ Anderson in all three of their last frays.
The Belgian is therefore value at 13/5 to overcome The Flying Scotsman after his 3-0 bashing of Stephen Bunting. Yet, erstwhile Anderson still holds a winning record over his quarter-final opponent and is a decent 9/4 shout for a 3-1 victory on Irish soil.
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