Wayne Mardle on the World Grand Prix: Back White to make it a good Monday night

Ian White looks a big price to win his first round match at the World Grand Prix on Monday night
Ian White looks a big price to win his first round match at the World Grand Prix on Monday night

The first round matches at the World Grand Prix in Dublin are spread over two days, and here with his selections for both Sunday and Monday is our resident darts tipster Wayne Mardle...


"White is currently at the very top of the finishing stats in world darts. In this event in recent years White has beaten Gary Anderson and Raymond Van Barneveld. 21/10, really!"

Back White @ 21/10 to beat Suljovic

Sunday


The short format dictates the prices, there's not much to like this evening. So, correct scores is possibly the way to make some cash.

I think Steve Beaton will cause the new sensation, Rob Cross, trouble.

I'm not sure it'll be a 2-0 job either way, so backing either to win 2-1 - by backing Over 2.5 Sets @ 11/10 - looks the bet. Steve's record here isn't great, he hasn't won a match in Dublin since 2012.

The same can be said for Alan Norris and Justin Pipe. Both have been slightly below their best. These two have had trouble winnings matches of late, so either winning comfortably seems unlikely, another 2-1 either way scoreline is the way to play.

With the real short format of just three sets maximum, AND the double start in operation, I like to play under on the 180s. Last year in the first round 20 of the 32 players failed to hit more than two in their first round matches.

Recommended Bets
Back Over 2.5 Sets @ 11/10 in Beaton v Cross
Back Over 2.5 Sets @ Evs in Norris v Pipe


Monday


Benito Van De Pas is a little out of sorts and won't be relishing a match with the ever improving Cristo Reyes.

With the format being different to what the guys normally play some of the head-to-head stats become irrelevant to some degree, this format is like playing a different sport. It's currently 2-2, out of interest.

The weakest part of Benito's game is his doubles, seeing as two are needed to win any leg I'm going to oppose him. Of course, we are relying on Reyes to perform.

Now, this is a price based punt, the odds are wrong, Ian White should not be 21/10 to beat Mensur Suljovic. We know Mensur is playing well, but White is clearly being underestimated here.

White is currently at the very top of the finishing stats in world darts. In this event in recent years White has beaten Gary Anderson and Raymond Van Barneveld. 21/10, really!

Just glancing over Gary Anderson's stats at the Grand Prix, some surprising outcomes (below) in my opinion. It supports my theory of going under the 180s that's for sure.

Anderson's 180 totals in the 1st round;

2013 - 0
2014 - 2
2015 - 2
2016 - 0

Astonishing for a man who holds most of the 180 records in world darts.

Recommended Bets
Back Reyes @ Evs to beat Van De Pas
Back White @ 21/10 to beat Suljovic


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