Dan Fitch is backing Gerwyn Price to beat Kim Huybrechts but is expecting it to be close, as he previews Friday's second round matches in the World Grand Prix.
"Price won 2-0 against Jermain Wattimena in the first round, but it was not as easy as the score suggests. In both sets Price had to come from behind to win 3-2 on legs."
World Grand Prix - Second Round
Friday 9 October
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Chisnall unplayable in first round
Ryan Joyce 11/53.2 v Dave Chisnall 4/111.38
Start time 19:15
Dave Chisnall was essentially unplayable as he beat Glen Durrant 2-0 on Wednesday. Recording the highest first-round average of 102.85, it looks as if he will have another good run in a tournament in which he has twice been a beaten finalist.
No one has a better checkout percentage in the last 12 months than Chisnall and that's a great advantage in this 'double-in, double-out' format. Ryan Joyce also played very well as he knocked out Peter Wright and he's unlucky to have to face another daunting opponent.
Based on pedigree in this tournament we have to back Chisnall, who is 13/8 on the Sportsbook to win the match, score the most 180s and hit the highest checkout.
Match will go long
Gabriel Clemens 4/61.67 v Jeffrey de Zwaan 5/42.28
Start time 20:10
Jeffrey De Zwaan entered the tournament as a late replacement for Stephen Bunting, who tested positive for Covid-19. The Dutch player made the most of the opportunity and overcame Jamie Hughes 2-1 in the first round.
Gabriel Clemens had a tougher match against Nathan Aspinall and overcame the world number six to win 2-0. Now Clemens is the favourite in this match, but everything points to the fact that the odds should be closer. De Zwaan has won both of their previous two games and there's a lot of similarities in their stats for scoring and finishing. This could go long, with over 4.5 sets available at 7/4.
Clayton and Cullen hard to separate
Joe Cullen 1/12.02 v Jonny Clayton 4/51.8
Start time 21:05
This looks like another potentially close match, with Jonny Clayton rightfully the slight favourite. Clayton ranks third in the last year for checkout percentage, but Joe Cullen is not far behind in sixth. Cullen has won four of the six matches between the pair, but it's Clayton who has won the last two, both of which took place this year.
They've both come into this tournament in good form, having been beaten finalists in tournaments within the last month. Let's go for Clayton to edge this 3-2 in the correct score market at 7/24.7.
Price will steal victory
Gerwyn Price 2/91.23 v Kim Huybrechts 7/24.5
Start time 22:00
Gerwyn Price won 2-0 against Jermain Wattimena in the first round, but it was not as easy as the score suggests. In both sets Price had to come from behind to win 3-2 on legs.
The 'Iceman' will have to be a lot better against Kim Huybrechts, who holds a 5-3 advantage in past encounters and came through a similarly tight first round match against Brendan Dolan. Price's odds are much too short in a game that could easily go long. Price is 9/25.5 to win 3-2.
Dan Fitch World Grand Prix P/L 2020
Staked: 14.00 pts
Returned: 19.88 pts
P/L: +5.88 pts
Back Chisnall to beat Joyce, score more 180s and highest checkout at 13/8
Back over 4.5 sets between Clemens and De Zwaan at 7/4
Back Clayton to beat Cullen 3-2 at 7/24.7
Back Price to beat Huybrechts 3-2 at 9/25.5