Dan Fitch is expecting a high scoring match between Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen, as he gives his predictions for the World Grand Prix quarter-finals...
"Whitlock scored eight 180s in his second round win over Mervyn King."
World Grand Prix - Quarter Finals
Saturday 10 October
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Anderson will hit another high average
Dirk van Duijvenbode 9/25.3 v Gary Anderson 2/91.22
Start time 19:15
Van Duijvenbode pulled off a surprise win over the World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh in the last-16. This is the furthest he's ever gone in a major tournament and we have to expect that this will be the end of the road, against the in-form Anderson.
Anderson was the runner-up in the Home Tour during lockdown and then after it reached the final of the World Matchplay. Next week he will compete in the play-offs of the Premier League and there really is no sign of the 49-year old slowing down. Anderson averaged 92.82 as he beat Danny Noppert in the last round and can be backed at 10/111.9 to average over 90.5 tonight.
Chisnall can take advantage of Cullen fatigue
Dave Chisnall 5/81.62 v Joe Cullen 7/52.42
Start time 20:10
Chisnall was magnificent in the first round, but in the second against Ryan Joyce he had to dig deep to claim victory. Two sets down at one point, Chisnall fought back to win 3-2. His first round average of 102.85 remains the highest of the tournament so far and if he can get back to that sort of standard, he's going to be very hard to beat.
Cullen also came through a five set thriller, as he edged past Jonny Clayton 3-2. While Chisnall had to fight back, Cullen let a two set lead slip, before just getting over the line. He looked very tired by the end of the match and Chisnall could be fresher. You can back Chisnall with -1.5 in the handicap market at 5/42.3.
MVG and Whitlock will break 180s total
Michael van Gerwen 2/111.19 v Simon Whitlock 9/25.5
Start time 21:05
Whitlock knocked Van Gerwen out of the World Matchplay back in July, but the Dutchman looks in much better form now. MVG has come through two tough games against first Krzysztof Ratajski and then Devon Petersen, and is scoring and finishing well.
Whitlock has done very well to reach this stage having come into the tournament as a late replacement for Adrian Lewis and his first round performance was one of the best that we've seen so far. Van Gerwen is the rightful favourite, but these odds should be closer really, in what promises to be a competitive game. Over 6.5 total 180s can be backed at 10/111.88, despite the fact that Whitlock scored eight in his second round win over Mervyn King.
Price destined for final four
Gerwyn Price 30/1001.3 v Jeffrey de Zwaan 3/14.0
Start time 22:00
Price really stepped up a gear in his 3-0 second round win over Kim Huybrechts. He hasn't got a great record in this tournament, but if he can keep up this level of performance then he should reach the last four.
De Zwaan is another player who was drafted in as a late replacement and has flourished. In the second round he beat Gabriel Clemens 3-0, but at his best, Price represents a much stiffer challenge. Back Price to win and score the highest checkout at 5/6 on the Sportsbook.
Dan Fitch World Grand Prix P/L 2020
Staked: 22.00 pts
Returned: 21.64 pts
P/L: -0.36 pts
Back Anderson to average over 90.5 against Van Duijvenbode at 10/111.9
Back Chisnall -1.5 against Cullen at 5/42.3
Back over 6.5 total 180s between Van Gerwen and Whitlock at 10/111.88
Back Price to beat De Zwaan and score the highest checkout at 5/6