World Grand Prix Reaches Semi-Finals In Dublin

The Grand Prix in Dublin has reached the semi-final stage and things are beginning to look familiar.

Last week’s pick, Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson, is just two wins from tournament victory; the first of these must come tonight against Raymond van Barneveld.

Two-time world champion Anderson has never won here and last night made hard work of overcoming Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts, eventually closing the game out 3-1.

Anderson did reach the semi-final stage two years ago but will need to up his game against Barney, after falling behind early on last night before turning things around and winning eight of the next ten legs to book his place in the last four.

His opponent tonight again demonstrated his recent return to form dispatching countryman Benito van de Pas three sets to zero. He hasn’t dropped a set all week.

Van Gerwen en route to a third title

Unsurprisingly, another Dutchman in the shape of Michael Van Gerwen is also in the final four after beating Australian Simon Whitlock 3-1.

It wasn’t the cleanest performance from the Dutch master who is enjoying a magnificent 2016. Mighty Mike has already banked the Premier League, UK Open and World Matchplay titles this calendar year and if he wants to add the Grand Prix to this year’s honours list, he will need to go one place better than last year’s final in Dublin, his third final in the last four years, having claimed the event in both 2012 and 2014.

The semis will be completed by Dave Chisnall who beat Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney 3-1 and now plays Van Gerwen. It was an impressive performance for Chizzy who hit a 90.54 average, taking out 55% of his doubles.

Grand Prix Betting Tips

Sticking with Gary Anderson, the best price on the Scotsman can be taken at Bet365 where he is available for backing at 7/2 for the outright tournament win.

That said, his opponent Barney has shown real performance recovery recently and is yet to drop a set so far which makes his 9/1 price at both Bet365 and Betway tempting.

SkyBet’s 2/5 is the best Van Gewen’s would-be backers can hope for while Dave Chisnall is 14/1 in the same book.

The World Grand Prix semi-finals get underway tonight at 20:15 with coverage starting on Sky Sports 1 at 19:00.