By News Team
16th November 2020
The Grand Slam of Darts is one of the tournaments all the world’s best players want to win. It has taken place in Wolverhampton previously, but this time Coventry plays host.
Phil Taylor is the most successful player in the competition with six wins (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014) and he played out one of his greatest matches of all time in the 2013 semi-final against Adrian Lewis as well.
This year could produce more classic moments and here’s our look at the major contenders for the 2020 title.
The ‘Iceman’ is in the form of his life and is arguably playing the best darts on the circuit currently. Even if he won’t admit it, he’s probably the man to beat currently after winning the World Cup of Darts with Johnny Clayton last week.
Many fancy him for the World Championships already, and what better to warm up for that than by winning this for the third time on the bounce?
He’s currently the 3/1 favourite to win this year’s title and is a serious contender based on form. He’s only the third man to win the event multiple times so he knows what it takes to go all the way. He has also been successful in this year’s Belgium Darts Championship as well as going deep in more majors. Price is not one to overlook.
Michael van Gerwen
Mighty Mike’s woes continue this year as he looks for a major tournament win to ignite the killer spark that seems to have gone missing. He’s still the world number one but all the praise seems to be heaped on Price at the moment after MVG’s below-par 2020.
Van Gerwen and Danny Noppert were knocked out of the World Cup of Darts quarter-finals by the German team of Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp last week, with both not playing anywhere near their best. MVG almost pulled out of the tournament due to a long-standing back problem and it’s clearly an issue that is bothering the three-time World Champion.
The 31-year-old is 9/2 to win the competition but what shape will he be in come the off?
Snakebite will be ever popular with punters and the reigning World Champion will be ready to fire here after a period off. Both Wright and fellow Scot, Gary Anderson, withdrew from the World Cup of Darts due to travel complications so will be coming into the tournament fresh and hungry for success. Wright reached the semi-finals of the Premier League this year and that’s just one of a number of very strong showings in 2020.
Wright’s been the runner-up of this competition on two occasions in 2017 and 2019 but is favoured at 9/2 to go one better this year.
Duzza has taken the darting world by storm this year and has proved a match for anyone. Winning the BDO World Championship three-times on the spin, Durrant showed what a class player he is and he’s brought that to the PDC with several high-class showings.
He is the current Premier League champion having beaten Nathan Aspinall in the final and while he was firmly coined as the underdog throughout the year, Durrant is a fantastic darts player and has the ability and the mannerisms to climb right to the top. He is cool and collected under pressure and has enjoyed his most successful PDC year so far.
Durrant managed the semi-final of the Grand Slam last year, despite being drawn in one of the toughest and deepest groups and this year he’ll be hoping for a kinder draw in the early stages. The 49-year-old is available at 20/1.