World Grand Prix Tips: The Welsh continue to dominate

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Jonny Clayton favourite to reach the final

We have our World Grand Prix semi-final line-up, the only seed remaining is the reigning champion Gerwyn Price and Abigail Davies is predicting an all-Welsh final...

"The Iceman celebrated like he was on a pogo stick when he took out 104 on tops to take a 2-0 lead, he knew how significant a moment that was."

Gerwyn Price remains favourite to lift the trophy for a second year running at 8/11, with Premier League and Masters champion Jonny Clayton at 9/4. If you fancy someone other than a Welshman to be crowned champion, Danny Noppert is 8/1 and Stephen Bunting is a rather appealing 9/1.

Ferret is on fire

Danny Noppert and Jonny Clayton are into the semi-final of this event for the first time and have both had to show a lot of mental strength and resilience to still be in contention.

Dutchman Noppert has noticeably grown in confidence and is playing the best darts I've ever seen from him in a televised tournament.

Confidence, coupled with the talent we already knew he possessed, has led to a consistent week and a deep run at the Morningside Arena.

The second quarter-final had it all. A classic Ferret miscount, double-in trouble and some sensational combination finishes.

Not many players could come back from the error that cost Jonny Clayton set number 2. A miscount which saw him bust 134 and left him reeling at the break.

Somehow, Ferret didn't let it impact his game further and came through against Krzysztof Ratajski in what was an incredible encounter between two of the greatest players in the world.

Noppert and Clayton have met just once before, Noppie came through 6-4 in a Players Championship event earlier this year.

I'm backing the in-form Welshman to reach the final with an alternate handicap of -2.5 at 15/8.

Price will need A-game in semi-final

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Gerwyn Price did what he needed to without unleashing his a-game on Dave Chisnall to win 3-0.

The Iceman celebrated like he was on a pogo stick when he took out 104 on tops to take a 2-0 lead, he knew how significant a moment that was.

It could have been a different story. A below-par performance from Gezzy, and Chizzy had multiple opportunities to see out legs but 3 out of 20 on doubles allowed Price all the time he needed to get the job done.

The defending champion next faces Stephen Bunting who kept his nerve to come through quite an edgy affair with Ryan Searle.

Heavy Metal did have a bit of double trouble and cut a hugely frustrated figure at times but The Bullet remained composed throughout and dealt with the pressure moments better.

Price leads their head-to-head 7-4 but Bunting did win their last meeting three months ago. It is also, of course, a repeat of the World Championship semi-final which The Iceman won with a 101 average.

The bet that stands out to me in this one is Price to win 4-2 at 10/3.

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