World Grand Prix, Second Round
Thursday 8 October
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Van den Bergh suited to the big time
Dimitri van den Bergh [1.4] v Dirk van Duivenbode [3.3]
Start time 19:15
Since winning the World Matchplay in July, the form of Dimitri van den Bergh has been pretty unremarkable. Then on Tuesday he was back on the big stage against Michael Smith and produced the second highest average of the night to knock out the world number four with a 2-0 victory.
Van den Bergh was sporting a knee brace after a recent injury, but seemed completely unaffected by it. This cool, considered young player looks like he has the temperament to continue winning major tournaments and should easily beat Dirk van Duivenbode, who scraped through the lowest quality match of the night against Mensur Suljovic. Based on their performances in the last round, Van den Bergh looks value at [3.1] to beat Duivenbode 3-0.
Game will be tighter than odds suggest
Gary Anderson [1.4] v Danny Noppert [2.88]
Start time 21:05
Gary Anderson came through a potentially tricky first-round tie against Rob Cross with relative ease and is now a big favourite to progress to the quarter-finals. There is however, every reason to think that Danny Noppert can give Anderson a tougher game than the odds indicate.
The pair are tied 2-2 in past encounters, with Noppert winning the most recent match last year. Noppert reached the semi-finals of the recent German Darts Championship and has a slightly better checkout percentage in the last year (37.76% to 37.50%). Back on there being over 4.5 sets at 15/8 on the Sportsbook.
In-form opponents will test each other
Michael van Gerwen [1.36] v Devon Petersen [3.2]
Start time 22:00
Devon Petersen is in the form of his life and this will be a real test of his progress. The South African won his first PDC title a couple of weeks ago, when he lifted the German Darts Championship and has been tipped to make an impact in this tournament. In the first round Petersen overcame Jose de Sousa 2-0, despite the Portuguese player recording the third highest average of the night.
The highest average of 98.64 was recorded by Michael van Gerwen, who looked the best that he has for some weeks, as he defeated Krzysztof Ratajski. After changing darts this year, Van Gerwen has returned to the tried and trusted arrows with which he has previously won three world titles. MVG was far more relaxed and, with the pair in-form, both players to score three or more 180s, should land at 8/11.