Grand Slam of Darts Odds
Who wins Grand Slam of Darts 2020?
Grand Slam of Darts 2020
The Grand Slam of Darts is an invitational PDC ranking event that also features players invited to take part from the BDO. This year’s edition will be the 3rd consecutive to be held at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton and will take place between the 14th and 22nd of November. The prize money remains the same as last year, with a total pot of £550,000 and the winner taking home a cool £125,000.
The lack of action in the BDO due to the Covid-19 pandemic has meant a change in qualification requirements on previous years. The BDO will have just 2 players in this year’s tournament, down from 8, with the extra 6 being filled by the PDC. In reality, this should not have a great effect on the outcome of the tournament, with only one winner ever coming from the BDO (a shock win for Scott Waites in 2010).
With a lot of big-name players struggling for form in the first matches post lockdown it would be easy to say again that this is a wide-open tournament. However, with this event being 3 months away, with two other major events happening between now and then, it is highly likely that the current top 12 players will shake off any rustiness they might be experiencing.
With that in mind then we will initially look at the players who historically perform well here. The only two previous winners likely to qualify for this year’s tournament are 3-time world champion Michael van Gerwen and Welshman Gerwyn Price. Barring any major emergence of players in red hot form over the next few months, these two will go into the tournament as favourites to add to their titles.
Gerwyn Price, who automatically qualified as winner of last year’s tournament, has burst onto the scene of late and has won the last two editions of this tournament. His impressive average of 107.86 in last year’s final is the second highest average ever seen in the final of a Grand Slam. Over the past 5 years Price has shown that he has true class, and many will be backing him to shrug off some rustiness and go all the way again in this year’s event.
Before the emergence of Price, it was Michael van Gerwen who dominated this event. MVG won 3 Grand Slams in a row (2015, 2016 and 2017) in an era where he truly dominated the world game. Although he has not dominated in the same way since 2017, the Dutchman is still undoubtedly the best darts player in the world. If there is one player who you can count on to shake off the post-lockdown blues, and start winning tournaments again by the end of the year its MVG.
Two players that will also fancy their chances to win their first ever grand slams are the ever-present Scots, Peter Wright, and Gary Anderson. The two world champions have been runners up in the event in recent years, Wright in 2017 and 2019 and Anderson in 2018.
Out of these two you’d have to say the Scot with the biggest chance has to be the reigning world champion Peter Wright, who has been in prolific form over that last couple of seasons, whereas Anderson hasn’t hit his 2015/16 world championship peak for quite some time.
The Grand Slam also offers places to the winner and runner-up of the PDC World Youth Championships with this year’s places going to Luke Humphries and Adam Gawles. The latter will be competing in his first pro event and will be eager to show he is worth a spot on the pro circuit.
As for Humphries, it is another chance to show his worth on the big stage as he is bidding to build on two shock World Championship quarter final appearances in 2019 and 2020. Do not be surprised if the young lad from Berkshire, England goes deep into this event and takes some big scalps along the way.
Another young lad looking to build on recent success is 2019 World Youth Champion and 2020 World Grand Prix Champion Dimitri Van der Bergh. ‘The DreamMaker’ qualified for this event last year but exited at the round robin stage, his recent form suggests he could go further this year.
The two hopefuls carrying the BDO flag are men’s BDO World Champion Wayne Warren and women’s BDO World Champion Mikuru Suzuki. Warren has only ever won one major BDO championship and faces a huge uphill battle to make an impression at this tournament. Suzuki will likely be the only woman at this year’s Grand Slam and will therefore receive a lot of support as a result. However, she also faces an uphill battle to make an impression and would do well to progress through the round robin.
This years Grand Slam promises to be a stellar competition with the worlds best darts players going toe to toe at the oche. It is widely expected that an experienced, more well-known name will win this year’s event. However, there are a few youngsters present who may well upset the odds.