World number one Michael van Gerwen (2/1 Fav – World Grand Prix Outright) will take to the oche on Thursday evening when he goes up against Devon Petersen for a place in the quarter-finals of the 2020 World Grand Prix.
There has already been thrills and spills over the first couple days of action at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, with second seed Peter Wright suffering a shock first-round exit at the hands of Ryan Joyce on Wednesday.
Nathan Aspinall also fell at the opening hurdle on the same night and, of the 17 seeds to have started the tournament, only six remain in what has been an enthralling and unpredictable tournament so far.
Top seed and defending champion Van Gerwen is still very much alive, having overcome Krzysztof Ratajski 2-1 in round one, and the Dutchman will face up against South African Petersen for a place in the last-eight stage.
‘MVG’ has won the previous two meetings against Petersen, running out a 10-5 and 6-0 winner, and the five-time World Grand Prix champion is the 2/5 favourite to progress, while his opponent is a 2/1 chance.
Thursday’s action kicks off at 19:00, when Dimitri Van den Bergh takes on Dirk van Duijvenbode in the best-of-five sets encounter, before Mervyn King goes up against Australian Simon Whitlock.
It is then the turn of Gary Anderson, who knocked out Rob Cross in the first round, as he faces off against Danny Noppert, who edged past Ryan Searle in his opener.
The ‘Flying Scotsman’ reached the final in 2016, losing out to Van Gerwen, but he will need to be wary of an opponent who thrashed him 6-1 the last time they met in 2019.
Source: Darts – Betfred