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Grand Slam of Darts: Plenty of cash to be made from group stage

| 11.11.2014

The group stages of the Grand Slam of Darts often throw up a few potential mismatches as the gulf in class between the PDC and the BDO is made clear for all to see.

However, while such match-ups mean short prices, there is still money to be made by backing the favourites and avoiding any potential banana skins.

Ladbrokes News thinks it has done just that, with a fourfold of banker bets returning a none-too-shabby 2/1.

Stephen Bunting to beat Dean Winstanley @ 4/11

As the 2013 BDO world champion The Bullet has done more to raise the BDO’s profile than any player for a long time by more than holding his own since joining the PDC.

Victories over Phil Taylor and a record of 83 wins to 33 losses this year see Bunting made odds-on despite a 4-0 losing head-to-head record against Over The Top. The advice here is to go with the current form.

Mervyn King to beat Jamie Caven @ 4/6

The imaginatively-nicknamed King showed he can still mix it up at the top with a second place finish in this year’s Masters and with an 11-4 record over Jabba he’ll be confident of a win here.

With a 2014 three-dart average of 91.97 to Caven’s 89.81 you should be too, especially with Mervyn playing 113 matches to his opponents 84.

James Wade to beat Tony O’Shea @ 1/3

O’Shea, known by fans as Silverback, was a BDO World Championship finalist in 2012 and 2013, showing he is among the best in that organisation.

This tie will show how much better the PDC is, however, with the Machine winning more than 100 matches this year and throwing an average of 93.65.

Wade lost 5-4 to King last timeout but expect a result closer to his 5-1 mauling of Caven on day one in this meeting.

Gary Anderson to beat Wesley Harms @ 3/10

Dreamboy is playing near his best with a 2014 three-dart average of 98.41 (three points above his career average) and around five 180s per match.

Harms has two titles to his name this year – the BDO Dirksland and England Opens – but will find Anderson a step in class too far in Wolverhampton.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.