Grand Slam of Darts tips: Dolan monster value to take John a-Part

Dolan has the quality to see off John Part in round two.

After an epic Thursday night at the Grand Slam of Darts - where Jaymes Monte picked out a win for Michael van Gerwen over Phil Taylor - our man looks forward to Friday's fixtures...

"The head-to-head record between these two players reads as 4-1 in Dolan’s favour."

Back Dolan to beat Part @ 1.9210/11

There may not have been a trophy at stake last night, but Michael van Gerwen won more than any piece of silverware in his annihilation of Phil Taylor. The Dutchman took the mantle of 'the one they all need to beat'. For the rest of this tournament and going into the World Championships next month, it is Van Gerwen who players will want to avoid in the draw. Not The Power.

The king is dead. Long live the king.

Moving on to tonight's action and I have to refer back to my outright preview where I talked about Brendan Dolan being underestimated, even disrespected, by punters and bookmakers. Although the Northern Irishman couldn't win Group F, he did justify our backing him to qualify ahead of Paul Nicholson. And despite emphatic victories over The Asset and Barrie Bates punters continue to underrate him.

John Part hasn't been doing a great deal on the circuit lately and I was both surprised and delighted to see Darth Maple progress from the group stages. I like Part. Everyone likes Part. But I'm sure that even he would admit that he is a long way from throwing his best darts at the moment.

The Canadian's immense battling qualities were enough to see him progress from a tough group. But battling is all well and good over a short best-of-nine format, now in the second round, over 19 legs, you need more than to battle.

Part had the fourth lowest tournament average (81.45) after the group stages, with only Ted Hankey, who had that embarrassing 59.67 average in his final match against Van Gerwen, and Jan Dekker and Barrie Bates, who didn't win a match and only won five legs between them, below him. The Canadian isn't playing well, and is slightly fortunate to still be in the event.

As mentioned in my outright preview, Dolan has reached the semi-final of the last two Majors, and I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see him make that a third this week. The head-to-head record between these two players reads as 4-1 in Dolan's favour and by my reckoning he should be around about the 1.51/2 mark to win this match.

But he's not; he's a 1.9210/11 shot. And that makes him an outstanding punt and one worth investing heavily in.

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Back Dolan to beat Part @ 1.9210/11

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