Wayne Mardle: I think I've found a World Grand Prix banker

Will Nicholson progress?

Finding a winning bet at the World Grand Prix has been very hard work for Wayne Mardle so far, but he's confident about tonight's selection...

"If Paul Nicholson does not beat Colin Osborne I will be gobsmacked."

Back Nicholson to win 3-0 and 3-1 @ around 2.26/5

The going has been very tough at the World Grand Prix so far, but I've got a rock solid banker for tonight's action.

I thought the quality would come through in the second round but Phil Taylor was on the wrong end of a brilliant display from Robert Thornton and my whitewash win bet on the Power was nobbled once the underdog claimed the second set. The cherry on this particularly un-tasty cake came when Vincent van der Voort lost to Brendan Dolan.

It's been hard work finding winners and I really feel the double start format is responsible. The best players just haven't hit form and the upsets keep coming. Nobody said winning was easy but some of them have looked disinterested like they aren't even up for the grind. It's a little bit bizarre.

Onwards and upwards, however, and I'm so confident in tonight's bet that if he doesn't win I might have to give up the game.

Yes, if Paul Nicholson does not beat Colin Osborne I will be gobsmacked, flabbergasted and even discombobulated!

Osborne did beat Wade in the first round, but his opponent was not himself that night, and that was a rare win for Osborne in televised darts.

Nicholson is simply a better player and his first round performance was very good. A straight win on The Asset would count as my bet of the tournament, but I will try to grab bigger winnings by playing a pair of correct score options - splitting your stakes on Nicholson wins at 3-0 and 3-1 will pay at around 2.26/5.

Of the four games tonight it's the only one that appeals. I wouldn't touch Hamilton v Beaton; Lewis v Van Gerwen is a game to savour and I'm a little fearful for Wes Newton against Ian White.

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Back Nicholson to win 3-0 and 3-1 @ around 2.26/5

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