Keith Deller correctly predicted the two semi-final results on Sunday at a combined 120/1 and is backing Luke Humphries to edge Sunday's Grand Slam of Darts showpiece in Wolverhampton.
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Luke Humphries v Rob Cross
Luke Humphries to win 16-13 @ 9/1
Over 27.5 Legs @ 4/5
Over 16.5 180s @ 4/5
Luke Humphries Over 10.5 180s @ 6/5
Bullseye finish in the match @ 1/1
So, here we are - the final! After two fairly edgy semi-finals I am going to be backing Luke Humphries to capture his second televised major in a heavier scoring affair between the two best players in this year's Grand Slam of Darts. I know first hand that there is pressure that comes with playing in a major final, but I actually feel that the shackles will come off both Luke and Rob in what should be a very high quality affair. Whilst I see Luke lifting the trophy, I do feel it will be a close game, hence liking the 9/1 on offer for a 16-13 victory in his favour and the 4/5 price for Over 27.5 Legs. Luke has incredible scoring power and I think we will see him hit in excess of 10 maximums this evening which gives my two chosen 180 market tips plenty of appeal. Finally, we saw Rob Cross land a bullseye checkout earlier this afternoon against Stephen Bunting and I fully expect there to be three or four opportunities tonight. I was right with my two scoreline predictions this afternoon, so let's hope we can strike gold for a third time today with my 9/1 16-13 pick.
James Wade v Luke Humphries
Luke Humphries to win 16-10 @ 10/1
Luke Humphries to be leading after 8 Legs @ 10/11
Over 15.5 180s @ 5/6
James Wade has done brilliant to reach another televised semi-final, but Luke Humphries' scoring power will be enough to help secure him a first Grand Slam final on Sunday evening. Luke has been coming out of the traps pretty quickly, with the exception of his match against Gary Anderson of course. But I do fancy him to race away this afternoon and pile the pressure on Wadey with some big scoring and good finishing. I expect him to be 5-3 or even 6-2 ahead after eight legs. In terms of 180s, well I don't expect a replica of what we saw between Luke and Gary Anderson, where they fired home 23 - but I do still think we will see a handsome amount. Luke will put away 10 or 11 himself, and if James can chip in with five or six himself, which he will expect to, then I think Over 15.5 maximums carries plenty of appeal too.
Stephen Bunting v Rob Cross
Rob Cross to win 16-13 @ 10/1
Over 27.5 Legs @ 8/11
Bullseye finish in any leg @ 4/6
This is a toughie, but I just feel that Rob Cross is playing the better of the two. He has been solid throughout and averaging around 97 for the tournament, but that doesn't mean anybody should underestimate a very determined Stephen Bunting. He has been impressive himself - especially with his finishing - but I will be backing Rob Cross to get over the line this afternoon and tee-up a final against Luke Humphries. I expect this to be close - we won't be seeing a walkover like we saw in the two quarter-finals on Saturday, so Over 27.5 Legs looks a solid enough shout for me. I also really like the bullseye finish in any leg at 4/6. Both of these will have opportunities to win legs on the bullseye - and we all know how good these top players are at landing that dart too.
Stowe Buntz v Stephen Bunting
Stephen Bunting to win 16-9 @ 17/2
Under 26.5 Legs @ 1/1
A repeat of the group stage game in which Stowe Buntz won. This time the game has an entirely different ending however. It was such a short format in the group stages - best of nine - but this is a totally different proposition for Stowe. To beat a bang in form Stephen Bunting in a race to 16 legs is going to be incredibly difficult, and I just can't see how he can pull it off. Stephen is full of confidence, he will be incredibly relaxed and I feel he is going to win this in very comfortable fashion. I expect him to come out of the traps early, build up a nice cushion and race away from Stowe. The two matches on Friday were incredibly close - we saw 61 of a possible 62 legs, but we won't be going near the distance in this one.
Damon Heta v Rob Cross
Rob Cross to win 16-12 @ 9/1
Over 14.5 180s @ 8/13
This will be closer than the opening game I feel, but still, for me, there will be a pretty comfortable winner - and that will be Rob Cross. Yes, Damon Heta has done exceptionally well this week; he beat Michael van Gerwen last time out so will be full of confidence. But Michael hasn't been anywhere near the levels we have come to expect of him. Rob on the other hand has been winning matches and winning them well - he was exceptional against a very good Nathan Aspinall on Thursday night and I just feel he is going to be too strong for Damon. I like the look of Over 14.5 180s in this game. They can both hit that treble 20 bed and whilst I don't envisage there being a glut of maximums like in the Luke Humphries v Gary Anderson game last night, these two should hit in excess of 14.5.
James Wade v Josh Rock
James Wade to win 16-13 @ 11/1
Over 27.5 Legs @ 8/11
Over 14.5 180s @ 6/5
So the first of the four quarter-finals, and one that is a real contrast in styles. We all know that Josh Rock likes to just get on with the game in a fast manner, whereas James Wade is the more methodical player and will dig deep into his book of tricks to ensure he has the advantage. Josh has been superb throughout the tournament and deservedly goes into the game as the favourite, but I just have a sneaky feeling that James will pull a rabbit out of the hat and book himself another semi-final appearance. There isn't a lot between the two in fairness, they can both score well and we can expect that treble 20 bed to be hit pretty frequently. Josh hit a 97.38 average in his last match, with James on 94.56. But, what it will come down to for me is the finishing, and that's where Wadey has that edge. He was 10 percent better on his finishing in the last 16 and I expect the stats to be similar in this game too.
Luke Humphries v Gary Anderson
Luke Humphries to win 16-13 @ 9/1
Over 21.5 180s @ 13/8
Luke Humphries Most 180s @ 4/5
This is a blockbuster showdown between and one that will produce fireworks. Gary was absolutely fantastic in his victory over Gerwyn Price earlier this week, whereas Luke Humphries is carrying an air of confidence where he genuinely believes he is the best player on the planet at the present moment. In fairness to him, he is probably right, and I will be backing him to edge out Gary in a thriller. We are going to see plenty of 180s and 140s - Luke nailed nine 180s in 17 legs with Ryan Searle in the last 16 and Gary Anderson fired home six in his 16 legs with Gerwyn. These two will fire each other up, and I really like the value of 13/8 for 22 or more maximums to be scored. We are going to have legs where they both hit them, and I wouldn't be surprised to see one of these guys follow one 180 with another. Luke could easily hit 12 or 13 on his own if we get the legs we expect in this game, so I'd certainly be looking at the 180 markets.
Andrew Gilding v Stowe Buntz
Andrew Guilding to win 10-6 @ 7/1
Under 5.5 180s @ 5/6
Andrew Gilding saved his best performance of the group stages until last to secure qualification, and I just think he will see this as a real opportunity to get to another major televised quarter-final. Stowe Buntz went off the boil a little in his final group game with Dave Chisnall. Andrew is the player with far more experience on the big stage and given this is now a best of 19 format, I just think the American underdog will struggle to maintain the standards he set in those shorter format games. I don't expect it to be a pulsating, heavy scoring affair - neither are prolific - so I like the look of Under 5.5 180s.
Danny Noppert v Stephen Bunting
Stephen Bunting to win 10-8 @ 15/2
Over 130.5 Checkout @ 5/6
Danny Noppert had it fairly easy to qualify from his group, and he will be the first to admit that he hasn't been pushed at all. That will change on Thursday however given the form Stephen Bunting has been showing. He has a bit more match sharpness under his belt given the games he has had already, against the likes of Peter Wright and Chizzy, and I just feel that his game is in better shape than Danny's at this moment in time. Stephen's finishing was outstanding last time out, and it's an element of his game he take huge pride in. There will be some nice combination finishes from these two players, and I am fairly certain that one of, if not both, will land a high scoring finish over 130.5.
Michael van Gerwen v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen to win 10-7 @ 13/2
Bullseye finish in the match @ 11/8
MvG didn't look anywhere near as up for his final group game against Martijn Kleemaker as he will be for this second round showdown. It's win or bust now - the business end of the tournament, and this, historically, is where Michael comes good. Damon Heta will be thanking his lucky stars he is even in the second round because things could have panned out very differently against Beau Greaves on Tuesday. That 180 and 164 finish in the fifth leg turned the game in his favour - it was outrageous stuff. He's a very good solid player, but I just think Michael will have too much for him. I also like the look of that bullseye finish... Heta landed it last time out and we all know how Michael attacks those 170 leaves.
Nathan Aspinall v Rob Cross
Rob Cross to win 10-8 @ 7/1
Over 9.5 180s @ 10/11
Nathan is the seeded player here but it's Rob Cross who comes into the match as the favourite. I agree with that too, because he has been playing some very good stuff as of late, and I thought his win over Fallon Sherrock the other night was really classy. I expect him to be right at it again on Thursday and I do fancy him to get the better of Nathan. Rob groups his darts exceptionally well too, and when he is on his game - as he seems to be now - he can really hammer those 180s home. Over 9.5 maximums looks a really good value bet to me.
Keith Deller's Thursday Accumulator
Andrew Gilding to beat Stowe Buntz
Stephen Bunting to beat Danny Noppert
Michael van Gerwen to beat Damon Heta
Accumulator pays @ 5/2
Josh Rock v Krzysztof Ratajski
Josh Rock to win 10-7 @ 7/1
Over 16.5 Legs @ 8/11
Over 7.5 180s @ 1/2
The first last 16 game of this year's tournament will see the return of Josh Rock, as he takes on Krzysztof Ratajski over 19 legs. Josh is full of confidence but he will know that Krzysztof is absolutely no mug. He will give absolutely nothing away so I like the look of this match to certainly go beyond 16.5 legs. I do feel that Josh will have that little bit more about him to get over the line though, especially with his power scoring. I fancy him to hit five or six 180s over this format, and Krzysztof will chip in with a couple too, so I like the look of eight or more maximums being scored.
James Wade v Chris Dobey
Chris Dobey to win 10-7 @ 15/2
1 or more bullseye finishes in the match @ 13/8
Over 7.5 180s @ 8/13
James Wade was superb in dispatching the reigning Grand Slam champion, and World Champion, Michael Smith in his final group stage game, but I think he will come up just short against Chris Dobey on Wednesday night. When Chris is around I always look at that bullseye market - he just loves to take them on. He took out a 170 in the Premier League, and he's had a fair few bullseye finishes on the floor too. 13/8 for a bullseye checkout in any leg looks superb value to me. Chris is also one of the best players in the game for grouping his darts - if that first one lands in the treble 20 bed, then more often than not, arrows number two ands three follow suit. He should land more maximums than Wadey, but between them both, over 7.5 in total looks a solid shout.
Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson
Gerwyn Price -2.5 Legs @ 6/5
Gerwyn Price to lead after four legs @ 6/4
Over 10.5 180s @ 8/13
What a belter this could be! Gezzy and Luke Humphries are on a different level at this moment in time, and I am backing Gerwyn to end Gary Anderson's hopes in the last 16. The Iceman hit 112 and 107 averages in the group stages, and he will be in excess of 100 again here. He has been racing out of the blocks, piling the pressure on his opponents and he will be determined to do exactly that against Gary. These two are huge 180 hitters, and you can take on whatever market you fancy in this one, but me personally, I like the look of the 8/13 on offer for over 10.5 180s.
Luke Humphries v Ryan Searle
Luke Humphries to win 10-6 @ 7/1
Luke Humphries to land the most 180s @ 1/2
Luke Humphries Over 6.5 180s @ 5/4
Let's not discount Ryan Searle from the equation, especially after his sensational nine-darter on Monday, but Luke Humphries is the best player on the planet right now. He is playing with real confidence, and I expect him to win this game in relatively comfortable fashion. Luke is scoring massive averages - I fancy him to his seven or eight maximums alone, if we get the legs in this game. He certainly has the scoring power to land more 180s than Ryan, who is quite a heavy scorer himself. I am just really excited to see Luke toe that oche once more because his game is in a really good place.
Keith Deller's Wednesday Accumulator
Josh Rock to beat Krzysztof Ratajski
Chris Dobey to beat James Wade
Gerwyn Price to beat Gary Anderson
Luke Humphries to beat Ryan Searle
Accumulator pays @
Danny Noppert v Brendan Dolan
Danny Noppert to win 5-3 @ 4/1
Danny Noppert to win & the most 180s @ 21/20
Baring a disaster, Danny Noppert should be sailing through to the last 16. He's taken maximum spoils from his opening two group games and I expect him to round off the round-robin stage with another success. He has overcome Andrew Gilding and Haruki Muramatsu 5-3, landing five 180s in the process, and I am backing him to do the exact same against Brendan Dolan, who has the added pressure of having to win the game. Noppert to win 5-3 and score the most maximums is where the value lies.
Peter Wright v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright to win 5-3 @ 9/2
Peter Wright 2+ 100+ checkouts @ 8/1
Now, we'd have got long odds on Stowe Buntz securing a qualification spot and Dave Chisnall being dumped out after two matches - but that's exactly what has happened. It means that Peter Wright and Stephen Bunting face a straight nine leg shootout to join the American outsider in the last 16. Neither have been at their best this week, despite Bunting narrowly missing that nine-darter in his last match. They have both been inconsistent and I think this one could be edgy. I will be backing Peter Wright to just about get the win though courtesy of some impressive combination finishes.
Rob Cross v Fallon Sherrock
Rob Cross to win 5-3 @ 15/4
Rob Cross to win & the highest checkout @ 4/5
Fallon Sherrock has already reached the knockout stages of this tournament a couple of years ago, and her destiny is in her hands once more as she looks forward to her third and final group game. Unfortunately for her it's coming against Rob Cross! The former world champion should have rubber-stamped his progression against Michael van Gerwen on Sunday, but was made to pay for his missed match darts, and whilst Sherrock held her nerve to see of Martijn Kleermaker in a dramatic final leg decider, she will find the going a lot tougher against an opponent who looks in far better form. She has to up her scoring power if she is to have any chance.
Damon Heta v Beau Greaves
Damon Heta -1.5 Legs @ 4/5
Damon Heta to win & the highest checkout @ 11/10
Beau Greaves was absolutely superb in her win over Ricardo Pietreczko at the weekend, firing a 96 average as she demolished the in-form German 5-1. With Nathan Aspinall already guaranteed a second round spot, it's down to greaves and Damon Heta to do battle for the second slot. Heta beat Pietreczko in a decider but was hammered by the Asp. He is a confident player though and I just think he will rise to the occasion and squeeze through to the knockout stages by bursting Beau's bubble.
Keith Deller's Tuesday Acca:
Danny Noppert to beat Brendan Dolan
Peter Wright to beat Stephen Bunting
Rob Cross to beat Fallon Sherrock
Damon Heta to beat Beau Greaves
Accumulator pays @ 7/2
Gerwyn Price v Gian van Veen
Gerwyn Price to win 5-2 @ 4/1
Gerwyn Price -2.5 Legs @ 6/4
Gerwyn Price fired in a ridiculous 110 average on Sunday, and even despite that, you still felt there was another gear he could click into. He's scarily good at times and I just don't see how his form and ruthless nature doesn't continue against the World Youth finalist Gian van Veen. The youngster has been disappointing this week, and whilst he will be determined to sign off with a victory, Price will be too powerful for him.
Gary Anderson v Steve Lennon
Gary Anderson to win 5-3 @ 15/4
Gary Anderson to win & the most 180s @ 5/6
Gary Anderson is far too experienced and care free to allow his 5-1 defeat against Luke Humphries on Sunday night to affect him. The Flying Scotsman has been playing some outstanding stuff on the floor, and Luke was just too good for him on the big stage last night. He will bounce back emphatically from that defeat however, and give himself the best opportunity of progression with a solid win over Steve Lennon.
Michael Smith v James Wade
Michael Smith to win 5-2 @ 9/2
Michael Smith to win the match, the most 180s & highest checkout @ 13/5
Michael Smith has four points on the board after edging out Kzrysztof Ratajski on Sunday, and I am backing his incredible winning run in the Grand Slam to extend to 19 matches against the Machine. It's been six years and a day since he last tasted defeat in the group stages in Wolverhampton, and despite Wade knowing he needs to win this game to have any chance of qualifying, Smith is simply playing at a higher level - despite looking subdued last night - and will get the job done in style.
Jonny Clayton v Chris Dobey
Chris Dobey to win 5-4 @ 5/1
Over 8.5 Legs @ 9/4
This is a straight shootout for the final qualification spot in the group. Jonny was hugely underwhelming in his loss to Josh Rock, whilst Chris Dobey just had enough to see off Berry van Peer. Neither of these players have been anywhere near the top of the game over the weekend, but they both know progression to the knockout stages is in their own hands. It will be edgy, tense and dramatic, but I am backing Chris to inflict more anguish upon Jonny, who has been below his best for a little while now, and sneak the win in the deciding leg.
Keith Deller's Monday Acca:
Gerwyn Price to beat Gian van Veen
Gary Anderson to beat Steve Lennon
Michael Smith to beat James Wade
Chris Dobey to beat Jonny Clayton
Accumulator pays @ 9/2
Gian van Veen v Nathan Rafferty
Gian van Veen to win & the most 180s @ 4/5
Gian van Veen to land the most 180s @ 4/6
Gian van Veen will still be wondering how he lost his opening game on Saturday against Ryan Searle. He was 4-0 up and missed match darts to secure the spoils, so he will be reeling on the back of that. Nathan Rafferty on the other hand was hammered 5-1 by Gerwyn Price, and I don't think his luck will change here either. Van Veen should have far too much about him to get those points on the board and put his qualification chances back in his own hands.
Chris Dobey v Berry van Peer
Chris Dobey to win the match, the most 180s & highest checkout @ 11/4
Chris Dobey was surprisingly well below par in his 5-2 defeat at the hands of Josh Rock, whilst poor finishing cost Berry van Peer dearly in his loss to Johnny Clayton. Berry scored a higher average than Chris in each of their first games on Saturday, but I am backing the Englishman to bounce back in style on Sunday. I am expecting to see his average pushing towards three-figures after dropping below 90 in his first game.
Gerwyn Price v Ryan Searle
Gerwyn Price to win 5-3 @ 15/4
Gerwyn Price to win & the most 180s @ 21/20
The winner of this one will secure themselves a spot in the knockout rounds and, for me, it will be Gerwyn Price - the tournament favourite. He was comfortable in his victory on Saturday and whilst I think the going will be slightly tougher against Ryan Searle, I still don't see any way in which he doesn't get the to points on offer. He landed the most 180s in his win over Nathan Rafferty and I will be backing him to complete the same double against Ryan.
Nathan Aspinall v Damon Heta
Nathan Aspinall to win 5-4 @ 9/2
Over 7.5 Legs @ 8/11
Nathan Aspinall was pushed all the way by the superb Beau Greaves on Saturday afternoon and I fully expect another real battle for the Asp against Damon Heta too. The Australian edged a cracker with Ricardo Pietreczko 5-4 - the same score that Nathan overcame Beau by - and I see another nine-legger in store here. I'm backing Nathan to hold his nerve though and secure his last 16 berth.
Johnny Clayton v Josh Rock
Josh Rock to win the match @ 1/1
Over 8.5 Legs @ 9/4
Another game that could very well go to a deciding leg. Johnny Clayton has had a quiet time of things of late, so will be delighted to have got up and running with a win on the opening day. Josh will have been equally as pleased with his result too, and even more pleased by his performance. He dispatched of an in-form Chris Dobey in ruthless fashion and I fancy him to get over the line - just about - in a nail-biter with Johnny.
Stephen Bunting v Stowe Buntz
Stephen Bunting to win the match & highest checkout @ 13/10
Over 7.5 legs @ 5/6
Stephen Bunting was superb in his success over Dave Chisnall on Saturday and will fancy his chances of securing himself a last 16 spot. However, Stowe Buntz was outstanding as he caused the upset of the tournament to date in thumping Peter Wright. The American is a real flair player, but I am backing Stephen to burst his bubble on Sunday night.
Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen to win the match & most 180s @ 13/8
I thought Michael was tremendous in the way he maintained his composure and focus in his win over Fallon Sherrock. Fallon didn't do much wrong at all; Michael was just on another level. Rob Cross was good in spells and average in others as he got the points on the board in his first game, but I just think MvG has that real focus to his game this week, and I don't see him slipping up in this one.
Luke Humphries v Gary Anderson
Luke Humphries to win the match @ 8/11
Over 5.5 180s @ 5/4
Now what a way to round off Sunday's action; this could be a belter! Gary has been flying on the floor tournaments and Luke has been doing likewise on the big stage! I always say the same thing with Gary, if he can nail those doubles, he's a danger to anybody. His finishing stats weren't great on Saturday and I don't expect them to be much different against Luke either. Because of that, I will be on Humphries to win a high-scoring match.
Two players struggling for form, and, for me, two players who could very well bow out of the Grand Slam in the group stages. Victory is a must in this one for either player to have a chance of qualifying, and whilst Andrew Gilding is the favourite, I would be backing the underdog, Brendan Dolan, to come out on top. I just think he has a bit more about him and is more rounded as a player.
Ryan Searle v Gian van Veen
Gian van Veen to win 5-4 @ 5/1
Ryan Searle Over 1.5 180s @ 8/13
Gian van Veen is a name we are going to hear a lot more about, and could he make another statement over the next week or so? He reached the last eight of the European Championship last month and will fancy his chances of another deep run in Wolverhampton. I really like Ryan Searle - he’s a monstrous scorer - but I’m not sure his constant hidings by Gary Anderson on the practise board is what he needs. A close game in store, but I fancy van Veen to nick it in a decider.
Chris Dobey v Josh Rock
Chris Dobey to win 5-4 @ 5/1
Chris Dobey to land first 100+ checkout @ 11/8
Another belting game to look forward to, and another that has every chance of going the full distance. Two very talented young lads who can hit 100+ averages for fun. I fancy a few maximums to be scored in this one, so it could be worth looking at the Over 3.5 and Over 4.5 180s markets, but I also like the look of Chris Dobey, who is a very deliberate thrower, to notch the first ton plus finish of the match. I also fancy him to make that little bit more experience tell and get the two points on the board.
Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall to win 5-4 @ 9/2
Over 4.5 180s in the match @ 4/5
Like so many of the players on the tour, Dave and Stephen are both massive scorers. Expect the treble 20 bed to be pulverised throughout this game, which means 4/5 for Over 4.5 maximums looks very appealing. The two players are best friends and they have served up some crackers in the past, and this won’t be any different. Given they have both been in good form, I’m expecting a real opening day treat. My money would be on Chizzy, who reached two floor tournament finals in the build-up to this event, getting the win in a deciding leg.
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson to win 5-3 @ 4/1
Gary Anderson to win the match & the most 180s @ 15/8
Few, if any, players have been performing better off the television than Gary Anderson over the past few months, He’s very much edging towards the very same form that took him to a couple of wold titles a few years ago, and if he can replicate that floor form on the big stage, then he’s a real livewire in Wolverhampton. Dirk is a superb player too, but he just loses his nerve on the double which causes him real problems. Gary will have just a bit too much and I like him to get that break of throw, score heavily, and claim the two points.
Luke Humphries v Steve Lennon
Luke Humphries to win 5-2 @ 3/1
Highest checkout - Over 102.5 @ 5/6
Luke is a different animal now he has that maiden televised major under his belt. He’s comfortable on the big stage, performs incredibly consistently and genuinely believes he can win every tournament he toes the oche in. He has a chance this week, and I expect him to get the job done in relatively comfortable fashion over the outsider in the group. Luke throws with authority and composure, and I like the look of him to land a checkout in excess of 102.5 at some point in the match.
Michael van Gerwen v Fallon Sherrock
Michael van Gerwen to win 5-1 @ 12/5
Michael van Gerwen -3.5 Legs @ 1/1
There will be a lot of eyes on this one, and rightly so! Fallon is a superb player, and let’s not forget she reached the quarter-finals in this tournament a couple of years ago. This is a tough, tough group tough, and MvG on the opening night is as tough as they come. Michael is my pick to lift the title next Sunday night and I just can’t see anything other than a heavy victory for the Green Machine.
Michael Smith v Nathan Girvan
Michael Smith to win 5-0 @ 6/1
Michael Smith to win match, most 180s & highest checkout @ 13/8
12/1 for the defending champion and current world champion to defend his crown… utter madness! But that shows how much quality there is on the tour at present. Michael can sometimes struggle over short formats; I’d like him in any best of 19 or best of 31 showdown, but even though this is the best of nine he will prove too hot to handle for the rookie, Nathan Girvan. A whitewash isn’t out of the equation and Michael to win the game, score the most 180s and land the highest checkout looks a solid bet.
Keith Deller’s Saturday Acca
Brendan Dolan to beat Andrew Gilding
Gary Anderson to beat Dirk van Duijvenbode
Nathan Aspinall to beat Beau Greaves
Peter Wright to beat Stowe Buntz
Luke Humphries to beat Steve Lennon
Michael van Gerwen to beat Fallon Sherrock
Accumulator pays @ 4.75/1
Michael Smith - Group Winner @ 4/6
Gerwyn Price - Group Winner @ 8/13
Danny Noppert - Group Winner @ 10/11
Treble pays @
Luke Humphries - Group Winner @ 1/1
Gary Anderson - Group Qualification @ 2/5
What a group this is - Luke Humphries, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Gary Anderson and Steve Lennon!
Luke captured his first televised major recently so will arrive in cracking form, Dirk is a superb player who is chasing a premier League place, Gary Anderson is back to his best - he's been incredible on the floor tournaments of late - and Steve Lennon, a good player in his own right, but the huge underdog here.
For me, Luke Humphries will progress as the group winner, he's playing so well in these big majors now and looks a good bet at even-money, and Gary Anderson will prevail over Dirk van Duijvenbode for the second qualification spot.
Peter Wright - Group Winner @ 6/5
Dave Chisnall - Group Qualification @ 2/5
Another intriguing group where at least one of Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall or Stephen Bunting will be sent packing early!
Peter Wright had been way below his best until capturing the European Championship title in Dortmund a week or two ago - a competition in which the number one seed Dave Chisnall was beaten in the first round in.
They will both arrive in Wolverhampton in different mindsets on the back of that, but I believe they will both secure spots in the last 16 with Stephen Bunting - Chizzy's best friend - and the talented American Stowe Buntz heading home before the knockout rounds.
Danny Noppert - Group Winner @ 10/11
Haruki Matsuyama - Group Qualification @ 11/2
No disrespect to any of these players but ask any player in the competition which group they would pick to be in, and this is the one!
Danny Noppert has had to qualify for the competition, but he's the top seed in the group and the big odds-on favourite to qualify. He came from 0-7 down to beat Gerwyn Price at the European Championship recently, a feat that won't be replicated for quite some time.
I expect him to secure his spot in the last 16 in relatively comfortable fashion. and 10/11 looks great value for him to win the group.
Andrew Gilding and Brendan Dolan don't fill me with much confidence because neither have been pulling up too many trees of late, but the one to watch out for in Group F is the Asian qualifier Haruki Matsuyama.
This lad can play darts - he is scoring big averages in the Asian Tour, which is ever improving - and I am backing him to defy his 11/2 odds and outshine Gilding and Dolan to snatch that second qualification spot.
Nathan Aspinall - Group Winner @ 5/4
Damon Heta - Group Qualification @ 4/9
Now this is a group where we could very much expect the unexpected...
That said, the two favourites - Nathan Aspinall and Damon Heta - for me, will just about see the job through.
Beau Greaves, the girl we know all about from the women's tour has been hitting three-figure averages left, right and centre, but this is a big ask for her! Could she take a scalp across the three games, absolutely, but do I see her qualifying... unfortunately for her, I think she falls just short.
Nathan and Damon should have a bit too much quality and experience to secure their spots in the top two, but with Greaves and the rapidly-rising talent of Ricardo Pietreczko desperate to make their marks on debut, it could well be the most enthralling group to keep tabs on.
Michael van Gerwen - To Win Outright @ 9/2
MvG priced up at 9/2 to win a title - madness!
12 months ago he'd have been even-money, but Michael hasn't been winning, and when that happens the odds get better for the punters!
Listen, Michael hasn't been playing badly; yes, he's not been at his best - and that's why he hasn't been winning - but he knows that we are right at the business end of the season now.
the World Championship is just around the corner, he will be practising hard and he is going to really sharpen up his game... I really believe that he is going to come good in Wolverhampton at the Grand Slam of Darts!
Michael Smith - To Win Outright (Each Way) @ 12/1
The world number one, the current world champion and the defending Grand Slam of Darts champion... Michael Smith at 12/1 carries plenty of appeal.
Do I think he will go all the way and successful defend his crown? No, I am backing MvG, but Michael Smith, at that price, especially from an each-way point of view, looks very appetising.
I expect him to fly through his group, and then when the tournament expends to the best of 19 and then best of 31, he has the game to really motor!
His outstanding scoring power will give him a great chance of success at the Grand Slam, and I really do expect him to go deep.