World Grand Prix Tips: Ferret to dethrone The Iceman

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Jonny Clayton into his seventh final of the year

It's Gerwyn Price versus fellow Welshman Jonny Clayton in tonight's World Grand Prix final and Abigail Davies is predicting that we'll have a new name on the trophy...

"Whilst I think Clayton is the favourite based on performances up to this point, he often underperforms against Price and has lost their last eight meetings."

Welsh darting dominance continues as Gerwyn Price (8/13 on the Sportsbook to win) and Jonny Clayton (5/4) set up a mouthwatering clash in the final of the World Grand Prix and while The Iceman hasn't quite been at his blistering best in the last two rounds, the Ferret has continued to impress.

Confidence is key

There's been a lot of talk this week about how Danny Noppert has developed mentally and while that is abundantly clear, it's now easy to forget the player Clayton was before winning the World Cup of Darts.

We've become accustomed to seeing this confident, finger wagging Ferret up on stage but less than two years ago, he didn't have the on-stage demeanour that has now helped him reach seven finals this year.

We've not seen many Clayton miscounts over recent months but it's now two in two for the Welsh number two. It's something that clearly irks him but as we've seen on both occasions, he is now able to compose himself and put those moments behind him.

In the quarter-finals, Price didn't bring his A-game but wasn't punished by Dave Chisnall. Against Stephen Bunting he looked subdued, lethargic and lacked the fire and passion that usually spark him into life and Bunting pounced to race into a two set lead.

Disrespect needs to stop

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Price used to say that fans booing didn't bother him but I don't believe that's the case anymore.

For a while, his darting ability was able to win crowds over in a matter of minutes but when it is so relentless, it is bound to be deflating. He's World Number 1, World Champion and feels he deserves respect.

There is a worry that he is suffering with an arm injury again but in the end, Price found the perfect response to those booing in the audience - dig deep, start hitting everything and loudly celebrate booking a place in the final of the tournament.

While I think Clayton is the favourite based on performances up to this point, he often underperforms against Price and has lost their last eight meetings.

It's the first all Welsh PDC major final and at 6/1 I'm backing the Ferret to come through and win it 5-3.

Ferret ended his semi-final match with an average just shy of 95 and another bet that stands out to me for Saturday night is Jonny Clayton to average over 91.5 at 5/6.

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