The face of darts on Sky Sports Dave Clark has given the Paddy Power Blog his hottest tips ahead of tonight’s second round knock-out action in the Grand Slam. The arrows tipster has gone through the card tonight and picked out a red-hot treble.
Dave Clark’s Treble
Phil Taylor, Dean Winstanley and Mervyn King to win: 15/8
Dean Winstanley v Aaron Monk
Dean Winstanley qualified averaging over 100 and knocked out Simon Whitlock which was really unexpected. He lost 5-4 to Kevin Painter in a nervy match but thumped James Hubbard 5-2. He’s a Lakeside finalist and he’s very very focused. You can tell he’s desperate to cause some damage on the PDC circuit after moving over from the BDO so 1/3 is a great bet on Winstanley to win. Monk is not prolific on the maximums either so Dean Winstanely to score more 180s at 1/2 is a great bet.
Mervyn King v Kevin Painter
Mervyn King topped his group and his form line is good. He was in the Grand Prix final in Dublin and then has cruised through Group D. He beat Jan Dekker 5-1, Aaron Monk 5-3 and James Wade 5-2. If you look at his averages as well, he averaged nearly 100 against Monk and nearly 100 against Wade, he looks very confident in the way he’s playing at the moment. Kevin Painter was the runner-up in Group C and is the outsider here. Given King’s good form and his determination 1/2 for him to win tonight is worth a bet. The King is focused on winning the Grand Slam.
Michael Van Gerwen v Phil Taylor
The longer format in this round will favour Phil Taylor here and the 2/5 looks like a great price. Michael Van Gerwen is a Grand Prix champion and has had three wins on the bounce beating Steve Beaton 5-2, averaging 103, he beat Rob Thornton 5-3 and Ted Hankey 5-0. But Phil Taylor has lost four group matches before and it’s never affected him because he’s gone on to be a four-time Grand Slam champion. Taylor will win what will be a fantastic game tonight. It’s going to be a humdinger but Taylor will edge it.
Scott Waites v Robert Thornton
This has got the Phil Taylor effect all over it. Scott Waites is the 2010 Grand Slam champion and is on a high after beating Phil Taylor 5-2. But the last nine people who’ve beaten Taylor in major competitions have lost their very next game. What happens when you beat Taylor is that you’re on a high, you don’t sleep properly and you think you’re unbeatable. You’re tired going into the next game.
Now Scott Waites has had a days break but I think the ‘Taylor effect’ will work in Robert Thornton’s favour. Thornton is the outsider at 13/10 but that is an outstanding price. He beat Hankey 5-0 and then lost 5-3 to Van Gerwen but that was a tight match. He then came through a nervy one with Steve Beaton to win 5-4 and qualify. But given the ‘Taylor effect’ is going to hit Waites it might be worth siding with Thornton.