Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen won the Grand Slam of Darts title in Wolverhampton over the weekend, defeating James Wade 16-8 in the final, to continue his remarkable year, with the world number one winning his 24th PDC title of 2016. Despite Van Gerwen being in scintillating form throughout the week, the Dutchman started the final on Sunday in mediocre fashion, before rallying to eventually run out a comfortable winner. As a result of his latest success, Van Gerwen is now the firm favourite in the darts betting odds among the bookmakers to win the World Championships for a second time.
The 2014 Champion defeated Peter Wright in the semi-final in Wolverhampton in a superb fashion by 16-10, averaging 111.17, the sixth best in the competitions history. With the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace just a matter of weeks away now, Van Gerwen’s betting odds for the title are now at just 8/11 on with bookmakers Coral, with the likes of Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright all among the outsiders.
Meanwhile, despite beating Anderson 16-14 to reach the Grand Slam of Darts final, Wade is seen as the rank outsider for the World Championship, with darts betting odds of 33/1 at Coral. However, having briefly looking like causing an upset against van Gerwen in the final having been 3-1 up, Wade may well be the man to back, with his previous best performance coming back in 2013 when he reached the semi-finals.
Wade, who beat world champion Gary Anderson 16-14 in his semi-final in Wolverhampton, opened up a 3-1 advantage over Van Gerwen in the final before the Dutchman won 10 of the final 13 legs.
Before the iconic event kicks off, Van Gerwen will head to Minehead hoping to win his third Players Championship Finals trophy this weekend, before the World Championship begins in London on December 15th. Unsurprisingly given his form over the past twelve months, the Dutchman is the favourite for the Players Championship with Coral.
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