Gary Anderson should be backed to knock Rob Cross out of the World Grand Prix, says Dan Fitch as he previews Tuesday's first round matches.
"Cross is badly out of form and up against an opponent who he has only beaten once in 10 attempts (L9)."
World Grand Prix
Tuesday 6 October
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Dobey the rightful favourite
Adrian Lewis 5/42.26 v Chris Dobey 8/111.73
Start time 18:15
The tournament kicks off with an intriguing match between Adrian Lewis and Chris Dobey, with the latter made the favourite in this double-start event.
That's probably fair, with Lewis in poor form at the recent Autumn Series and Dobey having reached the semi-final of this competition last year. Back Lewis to score the most 180s and Dobey to win at 3/1 on the Sportsbook.
Noppert has the pedigree
Danny Noppert 8/111.73 v Ryan Searle 5/42.24
Start time 18:45
Noppert reached the semi-final of the German Darts Championship a couple of weeks ago and won both of his previous two matches against Searle. Both took place in 2019.
Those wins were narrow and this could be a close game. Noppert is 9/43.3 to win 2-1 in this best of three set match.
Suljovic faces favourite opponent
Mensur Suljovic 8/151.52 v Dirk van Duijvenbode 7/42.7
Start time 19:15
It's not a surprise to see Mensur Suljovic as such a big favourite here, as there's no player that he has a better record against than Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Suljovic has won all eight of their prior matches, with the most recent coming in this year's UK Open. Back the Austrian to win 2-0 at 6/42.5.
Petersen in best ever form
Jose De Sousa 11/102.08 v Devon Petersen 4/51.82
Start time 19:45
Perhaps better known to most as a TV pundit than for his success on the oche, Devon Petersen has hit great form over the past few weeks.
He reached the final of one of the Autumn Series events, losing narrowly to Gerwyn Price and then won his maiden PDC event with an 8-3 over Jonny Clayton in the German Darts Championship. Petersen is available at a good value price of 4/51.82 to progress.
King ruled over Wade in last encounter
James Wade 5/81.62 v Mervyn King 7/52.44
Start time 20:15
Mervyn King also had a successful campaign in the German Darts Championship, reaching the semi-finals of the tournament before losing to Clayton.
In the quarter-finals, King beat James Wade 6-2. With that match having taken place just over a week ago, it's worth taking a chance on King coming out on top again at odds of 7/52.44.
Anderson will defeat Cross once more
Rob Cross 11/82.34 v Gary Anderson 4/61.68
Start time 20:45
The pick of the first-round matches sees two former World Champions clash when Rob Cross meets Gary Anderson.
Cross is badly out of form and up against an opponent who he has only beaten once in 10 attempts (L9). Anderson has won two games against Cross this year and his price of 4/61.68 is better value than it might look.
MVG will be pushed
Michael van Gerwen 4/71.56 v Krzysztof Ratajski 7/42.74
Start time 21:15
Michael van Gerwen has been far from his best this year, but did win one of the Autumn Series events in September.
Krzysztof Ratajski was a beaten finalist on the closing day and could give MVG a tougher game than the odds may indicate. You can back both players to score two or more 180s at 6/4.
Smith will win 180s war
Michael Smith 8/111.73 v Dimitri van den Bergh 6/52.22
Start time 21:45
Dimitri van den Bergh pulled off a big shock to win the last major, when he lifted the World Matchplay in July.
It remains to be seen as to whether the Belgian can continue such form, which makes the result of this game against the favourite Michael Smith, a difficult one to predict. It makes more sense to back the prolific Smith to score the most 180s, with a generous price of 10/111.91 available.
Back Lewis to score more 180s than Dobey and lose at 3/1
Back Noppert to beat Searle 2-1 at 9/43.3
Back Suljovic to win 2-0 against Van Duijvenbode at 6/42.5
Back Petersen to beat De Sousa at 4/51.82
Back King to beat Wade at 7/52.44
Back Anderson to beat Cross at 4/61.68
Back Van Gerwen and Ratajski to both score two or more 180s at 6/4
Back Smith to score more 180s than Van den Bergh at 10/111.91