The World Matchplay holder Dimitri van den Bergh is showing his class and Dan Fitch expects him to easily progress, as he previews Thursday's World Grand Prix action.
"This cool, considered young player looks like he has the temperament to continue winning major tournaments and should easily beat Van Duivenbode, who scraped through the lowest quality match of Tuesday night against Mensur Suljovic."
World Grand Prix, Second Round
Thursday 8 October
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Van den Bergh suited to the big time
Dimitri van den Bergh 2/51.4 v Dirk van Duivenbode 9/43.3
Start time 19:15
Since winning the World Matchplay in July, the form of Dimitri van den Bergh has been pretty unremarkable. Then on Tuesday he was back on the big stage against Michael Smith and produced the second highest average of the night to knock out the world number four with a 2-0 victory.
Van den Bergh was sporting a knee brace after a recent injury, but seemed completely unaffected by it. This cool, considered young player looks like he has the temperament to continue winning major tournaments and should easily beat Dirk van Duivenbode, who scraped through the lowest quality match of the night against Mensur Suljovic. Based on their performances in the last round, Van den Bergh looks value at 85/403.1 to beat Duivenbode 3-0.
Whitlock makes most of late opportunity
Mervyn King 6/52.2 v Simon Whitlock 8/111.76
Start time 20:10
Whitlock came into the tournament as a replacement for Adrian Lewis, who tested positive for Covid-19. It's fair to say that he handled the pressure of joining the tournament at such late notice, rather well. Whitlock beat Chris Dobey 2-0 and recorded an average of 101.12, which was the second highest of the first round games.
King continued his fine run of form with a win over James Wade, but his past record against Whitlock suggests that this might be as far as he goes in the tournament. In previous matches between the pair, Whitlock has won 22 to King's 16. That might not appear to be particularly dominant, until you take into account that Whitlock has won each of the last six games. Back the Aussie to claim victory again at 8/111.76.
Game will be tighter than odds suggest
Gary Anderson 2/51.4 v Danny Noppert 15/82.88
Start time 21:05
Gary Anderson came through a potentially tricky first-round tie against Rob Cross with relative ease and is now a big favourite to progress to the quarter-finals. There is however, every reason to think that Danny Noppert can give Anderson a tougher game than the odds indicate.
The pair are tied 2-2 in past encounters, with Noppert winning the most recent match last year. Noppert reached the semi-finals of the recent German Darts Championship and has a slightly better checkout percentage in the last year (37.76% to 37.50%). Back on there being over 4.5 sets at 15/8 on the Sportsbook.
In-form opponents will test each other
Michael van Gerwen 4/111.36 v Devon Petersen 11/53.2
Start time 22:00
Devon Petersen is in the form of his life and this will be a real test of his progress. The South African won his first PDC title a couple of weeks ago, when he lifted the German Darts Championship and has been tipped to make an impact in this tournament. In the first round Petersen overcame Jose de Sousa 2-0, despite the Portuguese player recording the third highest average of the night.
The highest average of 98.64 was recorded by Michael van Gerwen, who looked the best that he has for some weeks, as he defeated Krzysztof Ratajski. After changing darts this year, Van Gerwen has returned to the tried and trusted arrows with which he has previously won three world titles. MVG was far more relaxed and, with the pair in-form, both players to score three or more 180s, should land at 8/11.
Dan Fitch World Grand Prix P/L 2020
Staked: 14.00 pts
Returned: 18.88 pts
P/L: +5.88 pts
Back Van den Bergh to beat Van Duivenbode 3-0 at 9/43.3
Back Whitlock to beat King at 8/111.76
Back over 4.5 sets between Anderson and Noppert at 15/8
Back Van Gerwen and Petersen to both score three or more 180s at 8/11