Wayne Mardle on the Grand Slam of Darts: Wade in on James to go all the way

James Wade like this format and can go well at 20/1 says Wayne Mardle
James Wade like this format and can go well at 20/1 says Wayne Mardle

Wayne Mardle was in sensational tipping form during the last televised contest, tipping Robert Thornton at 80/1 to win the World Grand Prix. Can our man follow up with another tournament winner when the Grand Slam of Darts commences this weekend?


"Wade has been performing with confidence and a pace that's conducive to playing well for a while now, I think things are about to get better for the seven-time major champ."

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Another weekend, another tournament for the guys. But this is different.

The best of the PDC will be taking on some of the best the BDO has to offer, it's a once-a-year event and everyone who take part is most definitely up for it.

The big news from the BDO is that three-time world champion Martin Adams plays in the event for the first time since its inception back in 2007, and 2004 BDO world champion Andy Fordham makes his return to the big stage. I for one am looking forward to watching the two compete.

Phil Taylor has ruled the roost in Wolverhampton, having won this super event on six occasions, but the 7/4 favourite this year is the world number one Michael van Gerwen.

There are many potential winners as you'd expect from what is such a competitive sport nowadays.

MVG has been so difficult to beat but he's not invincible. No one is a 1/3 pre-tournament shot like Taylor used to be on a regular basis, it's a good time to punt on darts with big price winners happening (Robert Thornton at 80/1 won the World Grand Prix, for example).

Some groups are tough, Group B, Ian White, Jelle Klassen, Steve Beaton and Martin Adams, good luck there. Group D, Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall, Mervyn King and Scott Mitchell. But some of the look easier to predict.


My selections

The way MVG is playing it's impossible to say he won't win it. This is the only PDC televised tournament that's eluded him so far, will he put that right or will it go south for him again?

Taylor (7/2) continues to play well but is finding a way to lose right now, not a trait associated with the greatest ever. No disrespect is meant but Phil has a pearler of a draw. In his Grup H are Rowby John Rodriguez, Robbie Green, and Martin Phillips, he's a certainty to win that, isn't he? Odds of 4/11 say he is.

We'll concentrate on outright's for now, and then daily sections once the tournament starts.

Before you punt on anyone outright you must have a look at the draw and the odds offered. With this information at hand I'm thinking it'll be James Wade v Taylor from the bottom half in the semi-finals and MVG v Peter Wright from the top.

Wade has been performing with confidence and a pace that's conducive to playing well for a while now, I think things are about to get better for the seven-time major champ.

His draw is potentially tough, with Gary Anderson or Raymond Van Barneveld in the way, then possibly The Power in the semi-finals.

But at 20/1 I think the price is good. Wade reached the final of the World Matchplay in July which has a very similar format once the group stages are dealt with.

I think the final will be those that contested in that Matchplay final, the aforementioned Wade and Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen. It's a format thing, both have reached the final here before, both are playing well and they both have a winner's mental strength.

There'll be a lot of drama and a few upsets, let's just hope it's not our guys getting upset.

Good luck and remember to look at the daily selections.


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