World Grand Prix betting preview: Price is right for Gerwyn to win

The Iceman has a great chance to win his third tournament on the bounce, especially with the draw opening up for him.

Gerwyn Price is the only big name remaining in the 2021 World Grand Prix following the shock eliminations of Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright.

Five-time champion Van Gerwen was knocked out by Danny Noppert, while Wright tasted defeat to ex-world champion Rob Cross.

Former winners Gary Anderson and James Wade have also bowed out, clearing the path for Price to claim the title for a second time in Leicester.

Price - the favourite to retain the trophy - must first come through a clash with Dave Chisnall. Price defeated Chisnall in the semi-final of the 2021 World Championships before going on to become the first Welsh player to win it.

Price reached the last eight with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Mervyn King, while Chisnall also produced a comeback to beat Ross Smith.

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When: October 7, coverage starts at 7pm BST.

Where: Morningside Arena, Leicester.

Best bet

Gerwyn Price to beat Dave Chisnall, most 180s and highest checkout.

Head-to-head record

Meetings: 7

Gerwyn Price wins: 3

Dave Chisnall wins: 4

Price unstoppable?

The stats above suggest Chisnall has Price's number but don't be fooled. Despite four wins over the Welshman, only one has been at a ranking event. However, he did defeat Price at the 2019 edition of this tournament, going on to finish runner-up.

Price is a red-hot favourite to make it three wins in his last four meetings against Chisnall and, on current form, you have to back him.

He became just the seventh man in the competition's history to hit a ton-plus average (100.82) in the double-start format in his first-round thrashing of world No. 9 Michael Smith.

"Everybody is out there to beat me and I don't blame them. I am playing really well and I thrive in these situations. Under pressure I'm playing some good darts," Price told Sky Sports after his win on Sunday.

Price followed up his first-round win with a 93.65 average in his second-round tie. Chisnall has averaged a more modest 84.37 and 91.79 but did raise his game in the third set of his comeback win against Smith, averaging 104.

The world No. 1 comes into the World Grand Prix on the back of victories in both the Hungarian Darts Trophy and the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

Victory over Chisnall - ranked eighth in the world - would put him well on the way to a hat-trick, with a semi-final against the unseeded Stephen Bunting or Ryan Searle next up.

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