BoyleSports World Grand Prix 2022 Preview

Joint second favourite Michael van Gerwen (15/2) has been handed the toughest possible start to his BoyleSports World Grand Prix campaign (3-9 October) after drawing two-time world champion Gary Anderson in the first round. 

The 'Flying Scotsman' (50/1) sits ninth in the PDC Order of Merit, with only the top eight seeded for the competition - held in Leicester’s Morningside Arena. The eight seeds are as follows:

  1. Gerwyn Price    
  2. Peter Wright
  3. Michael van Gerwen
  4. Michael Smith
  5. James Wade
  6. Jose de Sousa
  7. Jonny Clayton
  8. Rob Cross 

 

The field for the unique 'double start' 32-player tournament was only confirmed just over a week ago when Ross Smith qualified having reached the second round of the Belgian Darts Open. Smith has been drawn against unseeded Andrew Gilding, a surprise finalist in Belgium.

Gilding was beaten 8-6 in that final by Dave Chisnall, another big name who finds himself on the same side of the draw as van Gerwen - a five-time winner of the World Grand Prix. The other seeds in MVG’s half are 2021 World Grand Prix and Premier League winner Jonny Clayton (seeded seven but fourth favourite at 14/1), reigning world champion Peter Wright (8/1) and Jose de Sousa (50/1).

The draw has perhaps been kindest to fifth seed James Wade (best price 40/1), who has drawn debutant Martin Lukeman in the first round and avoided the ‘big three’ of Gerwyn Price (5/1), Wright or van Gerwen in his quarter. Should he prevail against Lukeman, he would play Gilding or Smith in the second round before a possible showdown with Michael Smith or Nathan Aspinall.

BoyleSports World Grand Prix 2022 First Round Draw

  • (1) Gerwyn Price vs Martin Schindler
  • Joe Cullen vs Damon Heta
  • (8) Rob Cross vs Daryl Gurney
  • Madars Razma vs Ryan Searle
  • (4) Michael Smith vs Nathan Aspinall
  • Danny Noppert vs Gabriel Clemens
  • (5) James Wade vs Martin Lukeman
  • Ross Smith vs Andrew Gilding
  • (2) Peter Wright vs Kim Huybrechts
  • Callan Rydz vs Krzysztof Ratajski
  • (7) Jonny Clayton vs Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Dave Chisnall
  • (3) Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson
  • Brendan Dolan vs Stephen Bunting
  • (6) Jose de Sousa vs Adrian Lewis
  • Chris Dobey vs Luke Humphries

 

BoyleSports World Grand Prix Betting Tips & Predictions

Betting Tip: Gerwyn Price to reach the final

The player whose chances we favour the most among the ‘big three’ is Price. The ‘Iceman’, winner of the event in 2020, takes on another of the three debutants Martin Schindler in the first round. 

A tricky looking second room looms against either Masters champion Joe Cullen (12th in the Order of Merit) or Australia's number one Damon Heta, but with Rob Cross (eight) the highest seed in his quarter – Smith and Wade are in his half – we fancy him to at least reach the final at 13/5.

We probably wouldn’t put you off backing pre-tournament favourite Price to win the whole thing at 5/1 given the tough draw for MVG - beaten in the first round last year by Danny Noppert – but also the fact Wright has struggled at this event.

In fact, the Scot’s best performance was a run to the final in 2018, when he was beaten 5-2 by van Gerwen. Wright has only got past the first round on one occasion in the subsequent three years.

Outside Pick: James Wade to reach the final

This might appear counter-intuitive having backed Price on the same side, but we know that Wade has been handed a friendly looking draw for the first two rounds. And should tournament Price fall foul of an early upset, the next highest ranked players on Wade’s side have poor records at this event.

Despite his lofty ranking of four, Smith has made nine appearances at the World Grand Prix and won just two matches. Aspinall, like Smith, has lost in the first round in each of the last two years. 

Wade, himself, has disappointed in recent editions of the event but is a five-time finalist and two-time winner of the event. We tipped the ‘Machine’ to make the final at 18/1 as our outside pick, but he has since shortened into a best price 10/1 (15/2 worst).