While Price remains favourite to lift the trophy on Sunday at 3/1, defending champion and second favourite for the title, Peter Wright, was dumped out on the opening night by Florian Hempel, leaving the third quarter of the draw wide open. Michael van Gerwen is 5/1 to win the event for a fifth time.
Gawlas to claim debut win
The strength in depth in this sport, and the youngsters coming through at the moment is incredibly exciting and testament to the PDC development tour.
Whilst 19-year-olds Keane Barry and Lewy Williams failed to progress into round two, there's no doubt that we'll be seeing a lot more of them in televised tournaments over the next few years.
Tonight it's the turn of Czech teenager Adam Gawlas who comes up against the experienced Joe Murnan.
Murnan had a bad case of double trouble when we last saw him in action, in the second round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, and there's no disputing that he'll need to be at his best to make it through to round two in Salzburg.
I am firmly placed in the Adam Gawlas fanclub. I think he will go on to win multiple major PDC titles and is a future top 10 player; I also think we'll see him come through this encounter either 6-4 or 6-5 at 11/4.
King of the Euro Tour to triumph again
World Champion Gerwyn Price was victorious in the only two Euro Tour events of 2021, producing some sensational darts along the way.
The Iceman had to withdraw from the Nordic Darts Masters due to the recurrence of an elbow injury and in the latter stages of the World Grand Prix, said he felt the injury flare up again but even in a tournament where he looked subdued, managed to reach the final.
Emphatic on the Euro Tour, Price showed last week in Leicester that he has developed the ability to find a way and grind out results when not at his best.
He reached the final of this tournament in 2019 but was beaten by Rob Cross. He's in a section of the draw littered with talent but I am backing Price to beat Ritchie Edhouse and come through his quarter at 11/10.