The second round of the World Grand Prix concludes this evening, and with the bottom half of the draw looking wide open Abigail Davies is expecting Rob Cross to impress again...
"Voltage has a wonderful relationship with double 18 and they were very much on good terms on Monday night"
After the exit of two heavy favourites to lift the title in Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright, players in the bottom half of the draw will surely feel they have a fantastic opportunity to progress deep in this tournament.
World Champion Gerwyn Price is 2.265/4 favourite on the Exchange to win the title, but outside of him the market can barely split Jose De Sousa 8.27/1 and Johnny Clayton 8.415/2, while the likes of Ryan Searle, Dave Chisnall and Krzysztof Ratajski are all available at between 12.011/1 and 13.012/1.
Vintage Rob Cross
Rob Cross was back to his World Championship winning best as he dispatched 2018 Grand Prix finalist Snakebite Peter Wright.
He first amused the crowd by forgetting to take his darts up onto stage, before reminding us of the player who burst onto the darts scene in the 2018 World Darts Championship and claimed the Matchplay title in 2019.
Voltage has a wonderful relationship with double 18 and they were very much on good terms on Monday night.
Up next for Cross is Krzysztof Ratajski who was helped over the line by opponent Nathan Aspinall having trouble on the outer ring.
If the former World Champion can replicate his opening round performance, he could reach the quarter-final of this event for the first time.
Ratajski has won the last three meetings between the two players but I'm backing Cross to replicate what he did on Monday night and progress at 11/10.
Ferret to dump out The Special One
Jose de Sousa, who has been open about how his second covid jab has affected his muscle memory over recent weeks, came through his opening round match against Glen Durrant, without needing to be anywhere near his best.
He next takes on Jonny Clayton who I'm sure will cause The Special One more problems. The Ferret put in a dominant display against Callan Rydz, clinical on doubles and he even took out the biggest finish of all, a 170. I am backing him to hit more big combination finishes tonight.
The bet I am going for is Clayton to have 2 or more 100+ checkouts at 11/8.
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