Jaymes Monte has gone through the opening night matches of the World Grand Prix darts and picked out his best bet...
"Thornton was in sparkling form at the weekend in Ireland, reaching the final of the first Players Championship event, and then beating Anderson in the final of the second."
Having gone through each of tonight's matches one-by-one, I came back to the first match of the night for my best bet. And to be honest, I think I knew all along that I would.
Robert Thornton was in sparkling form at the weekend in Ireland, reaching the final of the first Players Championship event, and then beating Gary Anderson in the final of the second. 13 matches, 12 victories, one ranking title.
A notorious scrapper who fights for every leg, the Scot showed all his battling qualities by winning three of his matches in the latter stages of the two tournaments in a deciding leg. Now to add to those terrier-like attributes, Thornton also has the belief that comes with being a Major title holder. A dangerous combination.
In Dublin tonight he kicks off against Mark Walsh, a player slipping in the opposite direction down the rankings. Now out of the world's top 16 and defending some last-16 prize money this week 'Special Brew' has cause for concern.
Although the head-to-head record is tipped dramatically in favour of Walsh (7-1), Thornton's one win did come earlier this year and they have yet to meet in front of the television cameras. The double-in format in Dublin places a much greater emphasis on form, and for that reason we should take a big slice of the 1.84/5 being offered about The Thorn progressing to round two for a potential UK Open final re-match with Phil Taylor.
Back Thornton to beat Walsh @ 1.84/5