The 2016 Grand Slam of Darts reaches the knockout stage on Thursday, with 16 men progressing from the groups.
Michael van Gerwen, as expected, cruised through Group A and remains favourite to win the title here in Wolverhampton.
World Champion Gary Anderson and darts legend Phil Taylor are also safely through — but there was a huge shock for third seed Adrian Lewis, who finished bottom of Group H without a win to his name.
Grand Slam of Darts knockout rounds
The knockout stage behind with 16 men all vying for a quarter-final place. This second round is best of 19 legs, so first to 10. The quarters increase the match length to 31 legs, with the semis and final also first to 16.
Each group winner faces a runner-up from a parked group. So, Group C winner Peter Wright will go arrow-to-arrow with Group D second-place Darryl Fitton on the oche.
Grand Slam of Darts second round betting
There were some major shocks in the group stages, with seeded players Lewis and Mensur Suljovic knocked out. That leaves Raymond van Barneveld v Glen Durrant in one last-16 clash, and Jamie Hughes v Chris Dobey in another.
Van Barneveld will fancy his chances against Durant even though the pair have never met on the oche. The Dutchman is 1.67 favourite to win his second-round match and a good price at the considering he romped through Group F without a problem.
Hughes, meanwhile, proved his darting prowess with a stunning 5-1 victory over Dave Chisnall. Reaching the Grand Slam knockouts is the Englishman’s greatest career result and at 1.80 he is a good bet to beat Dobey, who beat Scott Mitchell to make the knockouts despite averaging just 92.74 over the match.
Grand Slam of Darts winning bets
Van Gerwen remains favourite at 1.61 to win the Grand Slam of Darts and is on course to do so. He demolished his group opponents, losing just four legs in three matches, and should have no problem up against Robert Thornton in the second round.
Peter Wright and Phil Taylor are projected to meet in the quarter-finals if they bypass Darryl Fitton and Jeff Smith respectively. Wright qualified top of Group C with a match to spare but Taylor endued a wobble with the shock 5-0 loss to Darren Webster in Group D. That defeat should send alarm bells ringing for darts betting fans, who should maybe avoid Taylor’s 7.00 to win the Grand Slam of Darts, seeing as he must also likely face Van Gerwen in the semis.
Life for Gary Anderson has been made a lot easier by Adrian Lewis’ early exit. In fact, the absence of any seeds until a projected semi-final meeting with James Wade is surely a great result for Anderson. The Scot topped an easy group, during which he managed to beat Nathan Derry 5-0 despite averaging below 90.
Anderson will have to be more clinical in the latter stages of this tournament but is worth backing all the same.