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Grand Slam of Darts Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
The Grand Slam of Darts is a hugely popular and much anticipated tournament because it brings together the best of the PDC and the BDO, the rival professional organisations. 2017 will be the 11th staging of the event and will once again be hosted at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. The winner will be walking off with over one-hundred grand in prize money and looking to defend his title for the second successive season is Michael van Gerwen who is trading as the odds-on favourite at William Hill to collect the title.

Qualification

The PDC puts in twenty players to the 32 man draw for the Grand Slam of Darts. Any winner of one the top thirteen ranking events across the course of the season all get a place in the Grand Slam of Darts draw. They will be joined by the runners up of any of those 13 ranking tournaments, who didn’t qualify as a winner from one of them. If that list produces less than fifteen players then the reserve list is made of winners from the European Tour and that comes into play this season with Michael Smith, who won the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on the European Tour, gets the fifteenth spot. Eight more players from the PDC get to the tournament through a qualifying event. The BDO qualifiers are a lot more straightforward. Three spots are up for grabs from the winners of the BDO World Darts Championship, the World Masters and the BDO World Trophy. If a player wins more than one of those, then the runners-up spots get opened up. The remaining spots to make up the eight will be non-qualified players from the BDO invitational Rankings.

Grand Slam of Darts 2017 Draw

The Grand Slam of Darts is split into Pools for the first round of action. There are eight girls and from that, the top two players from each will move ahead to the knockout stage. The winner of Pool A will face the runner up of Pool B in the second round and vice-versa. That works through the draw with Pool C qualifiers facing a Pool D opponent and so on. All group stage matches are the best of nine legs, the second round goes up to the best of 19 legs while the final three rounds, the quarters, the semi and the Final itself are all contested over the best of 31 legs. Each of the eight seeds for the tournament will be split over the eight Pools. Each Pool consists of a seeded player, two PDC qualifiers and a BDO qualifier.

Seeds

Michael van Gerwen (1) Peter Wright (2) Gary Anderson (3) Daryl Gurney (4) Phil Taylor (5) Mensur Suljović (6) Dave Chisnall (7) Raymond van Barneveld (8)

Grand Slam of Darts 2017 Winner Odds

Michael van Gerwen 4/5, Gary Anderson 11/2, Peter Wright 7/1, Phil Taylor 8/1, Rob Cross 22/1, Daryl Gurney 28/1, Mensur Suljovic 28/1, Raymond van Barneveld 40/1, Corey Cadby 50/1, Dave Chisnall 50/1, bar 66/1

Group A

Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Joe Murnan, Ross Montgomery Well, this should be a stroll in the park for top seed Michael van Gerwen who is looking for his third straight title. He recently got back to winning ways with a win at the European Championships, his first title since the Premier league darts triumph. There was some unusual slips from him such as his failure to get out of the group stage at the Champions League of Darts. This should be a much easier task ahead of him though. Rob Cross, the recent runner up to Van Gerwen at the European Championship will be favourite to follow him through.

Group B

Raymond van Barneveld, Gerwyn Price, Steve Lennon, Jamie Hughes This is one of the groups where the seed (van Barneveld) is probably worth opposing in the group winner outright. The man to do that would be Gerwyn Price who was runner up at the UK Open this year and hit the last sixteen of the recent European Championship. It has been a great season from the Dutchman and can therefore be taken on. Welshman Price will be out for some revenge too after losing the World Cup Final to the Dutch this year. The other two aren't likely to really challenge too much.

Group C

Phil Taylor, James Wade, Robbie Green, Peter Machin This should be a competitive group which is headed up by the seeded Taylor. With his retirement set for after the 2018 World Championship, this will be Taylor’s last appearance in this event. With such a stunning career behind him, he has, of course, won it before, six times, in fact, his most recent coming in 2014. Along with James Wade in the group, Peter Machin from the BDO is in there and will be competitive after winning the BDO World Trophy this year. Machin is the variable in this one but Wade should just about be able to handle him.

Group D

Daryl Gurney, Darren Webster, Mark Webster, Danny Noppert The rise of Daryl Gurney has been fantastic this season, having shown up well on the European Tour and winning the World Grand Prix recently, his first major televised title. He is up in the top five of the PDC Order of Merit for the first time ever and was runner up at the US Darts Masters this year. Mark Webster is a handy threat on his day, but the BDO’s Danny Noppert, who was the runner up of the BDO World Championship looks the value bet to qualify. He made a big impact on his Grand Slam debut twelve months ago in reaching the knockouts.

Group E

Peter Wright, Alan Norris, Corey Cadby, Glen Durrant This should be a pretty straightforward group. The seeded Peter Wright is the front runner and should have no trouble getting through but there will be a challenge for the top spot from the BDO’s Glen Durrant. Duzza won the 2017 BDO World Championship and the 2016 World Masters, two of the three BDO qualifying tournaments. Still, Wright has been in good form in the last couple of months and should just have enough to win it.

Group F

Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Scott Mitchell Dave Chisnall can be pretty happy with the draw which should see him sail through to the next round. He hasn’t been a major force in the game at all this season and his best effort was a runners up spot at the Shanghai Darts Masters where he was pummeled 0-8 by MVG. He has the experience to squeeze through here as well and it’s an absolute crap shoot as to who joins him.

Group G

Mensur Suljovic, Michael Smith, James Wilson, Mark McGeeney It’s been a great season for Austria’s Suljovic after his big PDC breakthrough win at the Champions League. He also had a good semi final at the World Grand Prix too this season and he shouldn’t have any problems in making it through to the next round. There’s not a great deal of challenges to come in this group for home and Smith looks the safest bet to join Suljovic in the next round.

Group H

Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, berry van Peer, Cameron Menzies A comfortable draw for third seed Anderson who has every chance of going on and winning the tournament outright. Whitlock actually produced a good solid tournament recently as he got to the final of the World Grand Prix and lost there. That was easily his best effort for the entire season so the Wizard should have qualification appeal in this group. The lack of experience from the other two in the group, Dutch youngster van Peer and debutant Menzies, should see Anderson and Whitlock through.

Grand Slam of Darts 2017 Prediction

You can kind of see who is going to be separated out into the draw and can sort of plan a route for the players. The top half of the draw is where all of the main threats are really aside from Gary Anderson and Peter Wright and that makes the two Scotsmen huge threats here. Anderson was a losing semi finalist at the Civic Centre last year. Wright was also a semi finalist last season and is carrying good form at the moment. Anderson is a 13/8 quote to reach the final, while Wright is a 3/1 poke. Anderson has appeal. Just because of recent form, Daryl Gurney is a great dark horse threat in the field. But then there is, of course, Michael van Gerwen at 4/5 odds-on favourite. What to do with him? He is the class act in the entire field and his win at the European Champions recently will have boosted his confidence. But just because he hasn’t won quite as much as he would have expected to have done lately, go and consider the 10/11 price on 'The Field' in Van Gerwen v The Field at William Hill.
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William Hill offer 6/4 odds on Ronaldo to score and Portugal to win

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It is the turn of the one of the greatest players in the world to make his entrance on to the Euro 2016 stage when Portugal take on Iceland on Tuesday. Will the great man be able to open his account and fulfil many punters hopes of landing the Euro 2016 Golden Boot? With Portugal having won their two previous encounters with Iceland pretty comfortably, the Real Madrid man should get some chances on the board. Ronaldo will be at the forefront of everything that the Portuguese do as an attacking unit at Euro 2016 and his input is likely to help his country to a win in this one. Ronaldo is outright favourite in the First Goalscorer and Anytime Goalscorer market while the Portuguese are odds on favourites to win the match. So if you put those two things together then you jump on a big enhanced odd offer at online betting site William Hill. Open an account with them and then you will be able to pick up a huge bonus offer of 6/4 enhanced odds on Ronaldo to score and Portugal to win! After opening your account by using the promo code F20, place a £10 sports bet on the account and you will get two £10 free bets coming back to your account as a welcome bonus. The first stake must be single/cumulative odds greater than 1/2 and a minimum £10 each way wager (£20 stake) also qualifies.
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How to back the twenty-four teams at Euro 2016

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There can be only one winner of Euro 2016, although there are plenty of side bets to be enjoyed away from the outright market. The bookmakers have bets available for each and every team and we consider how to make money from any of the countries that will be participating at the European Championships.

GROUP A

FRANCE to reach semi-finals @ 5/6 with Paddy Power The French have been handed a brilliant group featuring Romania, Albania and Switzerland, with Les Bleus heavily likely to make home advantage count and enjoy a favourable last sixteen tie against a third-placed team. Victory in that game would then see them play a group runner-up for a last four spot. SWITZERLAND to finish second in Group A @ 3/2 with Sky Bet The Swiss are a better team than Albania and Romania, with an opening victory against the former putting them in control of qualifying for the last sixteen. However, it’s hard to see them getting the better of France when it comes that particular showdown. ROMANIA to be eliminated in L16 @ 7/4 with bet365 The Romanians will be dour and defensive. This could be enough to see them scrape the points needed to claim a qualifying berth in the last sixteen although defeat at that stage would then be highly probable. There’s a lack of attacking clout for this modest outfit. ALBANIA to be lowest-scoring team @ 6/1 with William Hill The Albanians are fortunate to be appearing at Euro 2016, with that controversial tie against Serbia allowing them to accumulate enough points. However, they could be massively out of their depth here and will struggle to score any goals.

GROUP B

ENGLAND to win Group B @ 5/6 with bet365 Worth putting your faith in a Three Lions team who should have the beating of Russia, Wales and Slovakia. England no longer rely on Wayne Rooney, with Dele Alli and Harry Kane set to shine after a strong season for Spurs. Jamie Vardy could yet be the surprise package for the Three Lions. RUSSIA to be eliminated in L16 @ 13/8 with bet365 The Russians are good enough to qualify for the last sixteen, although they could end up facing Portugal or Austria which would be tricky for them to make further progress. They have good attacking quality although remain vulnerable defensively. Gareth Bale to top score for WALES @ 5/4 with BetVictor It’s an obvious bet but slightly surprising that the Real Madrid man isn’t odds-on to score the most goals for the Welsh. Bale is at the heart of everything his team does, with the main danger being Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey. SLOVAKIA to finish third @ 21/10 with Paddy Power Slovakia are no mugs as they demonstrated when finishing second behind Spain in qualifying and they beat La Roja too. For some reason, the bookies rate them lower than Wales which doesn’t make a lot of sense and this bet gives you great mileage if Russia flop at Euro 2016.

GROUP C

GERMANY to beat Poland in a straight forecast @ 2/1 with Ladbrokes This looks a great bet. Germany should coast to a Group C victory, although Poland can follow them home and have the advantage of playing Northern Ireland in their opening match. The Germans are world champions and have Marco Reus in the squad this time which adds guile to the team’s attack. POLAND to reach quarter final @ 9/4 with Sky Bet We’re keen on the Poles doing well and they could end up playing Switzerland at the last sixteen stage which is essentially a pick ‘em. However, having Robert Lewandowski could swing the tie in their favour and sitting on a 9/4 bet at that stage would represent tremendous value.
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UKRAINE to be eliminated at L16 @ 11/8 with bet365 They’re not a bad side and should get the better of Northern Ireland which means a point against the Poles or Germans could see them reach the knockout stage. But their opponents would be difficult and Ukraine over-rely on two excellent wingers to make things happen. NORTHERN IRELAND to finish bottom @ 4/6 with BetVictor The Northern Irish did magnificently to top their qualifying section although they have been dealt a tough section and Michael O’Neill only has modest resources available. It could be a tough slog for a squad made up of largely lower-league players.

GROUP D

SPAIN to beat Croatia in a straight forecast @ 13/5 with bet365 Perhaps they are a cut above Turkey and Czech Republic, both of whom are defensively uncertain and followed Iceland home in qualifying. Spain should demonstrate their quality but the Croatians are battle-hardened and their midfield dynamos should help them to second. CROATIA’s Mario Mandzukic to win Golden Boot @ 40/1 with bet365 Group D looks set to be open, with Czech Republic and Turkey both attack-minded and that could see plenty of goals being scored. Mandzukic has done well for Croatia in previous tournaments and still has the knack of finding the net. Backing him each-way could see some kind of return. TURKEY to finish third @ 2/1 with Paddy Power The Turks finished the qualifying phase like a train and might have too much for a Czech Republic team who have seen better days. Turkey boast the excellent Ardal Turan in midfield and there’s a possibility that they could even get something against a Croatia side whose defence is not strong. CZECH REPUBLIC to exit at Group Stage @ evens with Coral Points could be hard to scrape together and even the tussle with Turkey looks no gimme for a side who are lacking quality all over the pitch. With the exception of goalkeeper Petr Cech who could have a busy time of things. Even third place might not be enough to go through.

GROUP E

BELGIUM to exit at quarter-final stage @ 3/1 with Ladbrokes The Red Devils are missing Vincent Kompany but they should qualify from Group E and reach the last sixteen stage. It could be a potential clash against Croatia although Germany or England could then lie in wait and 3/1 looks a knocking price. Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne should play starring roles for Belgium. ITALY to exit at quarter-final stage @ 3/1 with Paddy Power We’re happy to have the same bet on the Azzurri, with Antonio Conte’s side set to go through from Group E considering they are better than Republic of Ireland or Sweden. However, they would be certain to get a tough last eight opponent. SWEDEN to finish bottom @ 15/8 with Sky Bet To say this team massively relies on Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an understatement. There is little else to write home about and that was reflected in a qualifying campaign where they chased home Austria and Russia. An opening clash against the Republic could be their best chance of any points. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND to exit at L16 stage @ 11/4 with Ladbrokes It’s plausible that Ireland can get something against any Group E opponents. A win against the Swedes in their opener would mean another point could be enough against either Belgium or Italy.

GROUP F

PORTUGAL to finish second @ 9/4 with Sky Bet The Portuguese are a difficult team to back at major tournaments. Like Sweden, they rely heavily on a particular player and Cristiano Ronaldo often struggles to carry the can for his less-effective team-mates. Portugal are no bankers to win Group F despite their seeded status. Austria or Iceland could pip them to top spot and they often thrive as underdogs rather than the top team. AUSTRIA to win Group F @ 23/10 with bet365 The Austrians look a more complete team than Portugal and we fancy them to edge this section, with Iceland a rookie team at this major tournament and Hungary potentially set to struggle after finishing behind Northern Ireland in qualifying. David Alaba should inspire the team to a Euro 2016 adventure. ICELAND to finish third @ 15/8 with Sky Bet It may or may not be enough to qualify for the last sixteen although we think that Iceland can do more than Hungary in this section, with the tiny nation surpassing all expectations when topping a qualifying group that featured Netherlands, Turkey and Czech Republic. HUNGARY to finish bottom @ 11/10 with Ladbrokes This is a Hungary side who have reached a major tournament for the first time since 1986 and they’ll be determined to enjoy themselves. However, there is a real dearth of quality and a defeat against Austria in their opening game could spell a bottom spot in this group. They were fortunate to overcome Norway in the play-offs although their luck is set to run out here.
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Messi 12/1 to score in both halves of Bayern Munich v Barcelona betting

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Back to UEFA Champions League betting for your midweek football action, and a big night out in Germany kicks it all off on Tuesday night as Bayern Munich v Barcelona gets the semi final second leg action back underway. Pep Guardiola’s Bayern have a mountain to climb after losing the first leg 3-0 at the Nou Camp. After putting in so much good hard work during the game, Bayern Munich were ultimately undone by a couple of minutes of brilliant from Lionel Messi. His class was the difference between the two sides, and now Barca have one big foot in the final. William Hill punters can back Messi to score first and Barcelona to win for a price of 7/1. Messi is a 25/1 quote to net a hat trick in the game, while is at 12/1 to score in both halves. What can Bayern do about the deficit? Big ask for them to get the job done now and they are just going to need to come out and attack. There’s nothing to lose for them now, and you only have to look back to the previous round, where the Germans lost the first leg of their quarter final clash at FC Porto, before banging six past the Portuguese back in Munich. Can they pull off the seemingly impossible?

Bayern Munich v Barcelona William Hill Odds

  •          Lewandowski to score and Bayern Munich 7/2
  •          Messi to score 1st and Barca to win 7/1
  •          Messi to score in both halves 12/1
  •          Messi to score a hat-trick 25/1
Real Madrid v Juventus on Wednesday night sees the second semi final finely balance. Juventus were head and shoulders the better team in Turin and took a 2-1 lead. But Real do have that away goal and only need a 1-0 win to progress. You are always going to have a chance when you have Cristiano Ronaldo in your side. Madrid were poor in the first leg, so can Ronaldo drag them back to the UEFA Champions League final? Big nights for two of the best players on the planet. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be in focus again and William Hill are offering a great price of 9/1 on Barcelona & Real Madrid to win and Messi and Ronaldo Both to Score (90 mins only) 9/1. What twists do the semi final second legs have up? Hopefully there will be plenty of goals, with Real Madrid having to have to in search of one against Juventus, while Bayern Munich need to produce something huge. At William Hill this week, you can pounce on Barcelona & Real Madrid to win and All 4 Teams to Score (90 mins only) 16/1
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