Peter Wright begins his quest for a maiden World Grand Prix title on Wednesday night when he takes on Ryan Joyce in the first round at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry (Wright 1/6, Joyce 4/1 – Match Betting).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament is behind closed doors and is being held away from the Citywest Hotel in Dublin for the first time since 2001 – the year Alan Warriner beat Roland Scholten in the final.
The venue may have changed but the goal of lifting the trophy is still the same for the field of 32, which has already seen fifth seed Rob Cross exit in round one on Tuesday at the hands of the ‘Flying Scotsman’ Gary Anderson (8/1 – World Grand Prix Outright).
Wednesday’s action gets underway at 18:00 when Brendan Dolan takes on Kim Huybrechts in the best-of-three sets encounter, before Jonny Clayton then faces off against Ian White.
The third match of the night should be a cracker as Dave Chisnall, who has lost in the final in 2013 and 2019, goes up against Glen Durrant, who topped the Premier League standings this year and will face Anderson in the semi-final on October 15 (Chisnall 13/10, Durrant 8/13 – Match Betting).
Seventh seed Daryl Gurney is next up against Joe Cullen, who has never gone past the last-16 stage of the tournament, and the 2017 champion is the firm 8/13 favourite to progress, while his English foe is a 13/10 chance.
Scotland’s Wright (11/2 – World Grand Prix Outright), a beaten finalist in 2018, then begins his quest for glory against Joyce, who lost in the opening round last year on his debut.
If ‘Snakebite’, who will take on Nathan Aspinall in the second Premier League semi-final on October 15, is anywhere near his best he should have no problem in advancing into the second round for the fifth time in his career.
Pantomime villain Gerwyn Price, seeded third, then goes toe-to-toe with Jermaine Wattimena (Price 1/4, Wattimena 3/1 – Match Betting) before Aspinall looks to overcome Gabriel Clemens.
Simon Whitlock takes on Chris Dobey in the penultimate match of the evening before Jamie Hughes and Jeffrey de Zwaan’s clash rounds off the action.