Grand Slam of Darts: Best bets for the Monday and Tuesday action

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James Wade has started the Grand Slam in great shape
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With the final Grand Slam of Darts group matches taking place over Monday and Tuesday evening, darts columnist Tom Beresford returns with his best bets and a suggested fourfold...

"James Wade has been fantastic in his opening two matches, and I fully expect 'The Machine' to see off Mark Webster in convincing fashion on Tuesday evening. Wade averaged 98.88 in his 5-0 demolition of Wesley Harms, and followed that up with a 104.71 average in an excellent 5-3 win over Keegan Brown on Sunday."

Cross to win well as he attempts to top group

Rob Cross v Ryan Searle
Monday, 19:00
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Although Rob Cross is already into the last 16, I fully expect the World Champion to come through this one convincingly. Cross was in great form in his recent 5-4 victory over Dimitri van den Bergh. Cross has been excellent on the doubles thus far in the competition as he's hit 10/19 (52.63%) of his doubles attempted, and I really can't see Searle pushing Cross all the way. Cross will be aiming to top group H with a convincing victory to set him up for the knockout phase of the competition. Back him on the 1.5 handicap at 4/7.

Expect Bunting and Mitchell to go the distance

Stephen Bunting v Scott Mitchell
Monday, 21:00
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I expect this one to go the distance. Both Bunting and Mitchell have been in superb form in their opening two matches, and with the pair sat on two points, a win is a must for both. Mitchell was excellent in his opening two performances, especially in the 5-1 victory over Germany's no.2 Martin Schindler. Mitchell averaged just under 100 as he sealed the win with a 12-darter. I fully expect both players to be averaging in and around the 100 mark in this one.

Bunting was absolutely faultless in his 5-3 win over Mensur Suljovic on Sunday afternoon as The Bullet fired in a 104.36 average to see off the Austrian, and with a checkout rate of 50% to go with that average, he'll beat anyone. The game is too close to call so over 7.5 legs is the play.

Bully Boy can conquer out-of-sorts Barney

Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld
Tuesday, 19:00
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Michael Smith has been exceptional so far with two wins out of two and I'm tipping 'Bully Boy' to find his way past an out-of-sorts Raymond van Barneveld. Smith produced a nerveless display on Sunday to edge out a tough competitor in Krzyzstof Ratajski. Smith's scoring power is up there with the best in World darts, and if his finishing is on point, then he's is a big each-way shout to win the event, as mentioned in my outright preview.

Smith's checkout rate over his first two matches was 10/28 (35.71%), but in his slender victory over Ratajski, he hit 5/7 of his doubles attempted. The St Helens man had a first nine-dart average of 105.85 in that victory and I feel that he will really take it to Van Barneveld. Barney was whitewashed 7-0 by Smith back in April in the Premier League event in Liverpool, and Smith should come through this one, and potentially eliminate the Dutchman from the competition.

Back the Machine to cruise past Webster

James Wade v Mark Webster
Tuesday, 21:00
Live on Sky Sports Action

James Wade has been fantastic in his opening two matches, and I fully expect 'The Machine' to see off Mark Webster in convincing fashion on Tuesday evening. Wade averaged 98.88 in his 5-0 demolition of Wesley Harms, and followed that up with a 104.71 average in an excellent 5-3 win over Keegan Brown on Sunday. Wade's not normally known for hitting plenty of maximums, but over his two matches he's hit six 180s, which highlights his fluency. Wade's finishing has also been exemplary, with an excellent checkout rate of 52.63% (10/19) and I fully expect Wadey to see off Webster, covering the 1.5 games handicap.

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