Night two of the World Grand Prix sees the Matchplay Champion, Premier League Champion and the three-time World Champion all take to the Morningside Arena stage and Abigail Davies is predicting an upset when Callan Rydz takes on Jonny Clayton.
"It’s The Riot’s World Grand Prix debut and if he can start consistently producing darts of the ilk that saw him average over 110 in beating Peter Wright in Gibraltar last weekend, we will start seeing him in the business end of more and more televised events."
Rydz to cause a Riot
You may know by now that I always want to back Jonny Clayton to win tournaments. I'm a big fan of the Ferret's game, he's the nicest man on tour and I love his enthusiasm for darts - it's never a chore for Clayton, he derives so much pleasure from the arrows!
But his first round opponent here in Leicester, Callan Rydz, is one who should relish playing in this format.
It's The Riot's World Grand Prix debut and if he can start consistently producing darts of the ilk that saw him average over 110 in beating Peter Wright in Gibraltar last weekend, we will start seeing him in the business end of more and more televised events.
There are numerous players from Northumberland who have grown up playing double-in tournaments and as a result, are pretty handy when this event rolls around. I'm backing Rydz to come through this one at 15/8.
Clinical Ratajski Finishing
Mr consistent, Krzysztof Ratajski takes on Nathan Aspinall in the opening round. With runs to the quarter-final of the World Matchplay and the semi-final of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, The Asp seems to have refound his form and confidence recently and could go deep in this one - his mental strength and resilience are certainly required characteristics in this tournament.
The Polish Eagle's combination finishing has been a stand out feature of his game over recent months and for that reason, the bet that stands out in this one is Ratajski to have two or more 100+ checkouts at 7/2.
Convincing performance expected from 2018 runner-up
You need a clear game plan for this tournament and to believe in your approach. Some players love it and some loathe it.
Rob Cross is one player who probably falls into the second category. The former World Champion has won just one game in his four appearances in this tournament and whilst there have been glimpses of 2018/2019 Voltage over recent months, I struggle to see him getting past Peter Wright who has beaten Cross six of the last seven times the two have met. I'm backing Snakebite to have the most 180s and highest checkout of the match at 13/8.
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