Wayne Mardle on the World Grand Prix: Gurney on for a comfortable night
The World Grand Prix continues with the second round in Dublin, and back to give us the best tips of the night is darts master Wayne Mardle...
"I'm going for a whitewash in sets here, 3-0 to Gurney. I thought the way he handled himself against a tricky customer like John Henderson was superb."
Gurney on for a whitewash
Daryl Gurney v Ron Meulenkamp
I know he's a big favourite for this match but Daryl looks a good thing to me.
Ron Meulenkamp was average at best against about an sorts Joe Cullen in the first round. Averaging 85 in the end, Meulenkamp actually rallied towards the end of the match.
If Gurney, who's the reigning champ by the way, can relax a play at his fluent best he should have way too much for the world ranked 45.
The double in, double out format clearly suits Daryl, while I wasn't convinced with Ron's finishing at all against Cullen.
I'm going for a whitewash in sets here, 3-0 to Gurney. I thought the way he handled himself against a tricky customer like John Henderson was superb. Being the current champion has it's struggles but Gurney just got in with it and looked assured.
Head-to-head, Daryl leads 3-1.
The Black Cobra can still bite
Gary Anderson v Jeffery De Zwaan
This won't be a coast for Gary, JDZ is too good to make it easy.
These two met recently in the World Matchplay semi-final, Gary won on that occasion 17-12.
Jeffery is a player on the up, an unscarred player. I believe this will be close, but I don't foresee JDZ winning, Gary is playing beautifully and I think the only player who can stop him in this event is Michael Van Gerwen.
The odds of EVEN money for Gary to win but lose at least a set is the bet.
De Zwaan will have the dart in at least one set, maybe more. He played so well in the first round, he looked comfortable, to play that well and look that comfortable against an in form Anderson would be something else.
Gary seems to have the upper hand over Jeffrey right now too, he's 5-0 up on the head to head stats.
These two both play their best on the big stage so it should be a belter or a match.