A week long of darting action gets under way in Dublin tonight, and defending champion Phil Taylor heads the betting at a best price of 9/4 to retain his crown with William Hill.
Taylor won his 11th title last year defeating Dave Chisnall 6-0 in a spectacularly one sided final. This year Taylor opens his defence against Steve Beaton tonight, where he is heavy odds on favourite at a best price of 1/8 with Skybet.
As for Steve Beaton, the Lakeside World Champion in 1996, if you fancy him to cause an upset tonight, he can be backed at a best price of 13/2 with Paddy Power (£50.00 Free Bet for new customers).
Taylor V Beaton is due to be the 6th match on stage tonight. Live coverage of the whole Grand Prix Darts tournament can be found on Sky Sports 1, starting at 7pm. The full running order for tonight’s 1st Round matches is…..
Darren Webster V Andrew Gilding
Robert Thornton V Justin Pipe
Michael Mansell V Ian White
Kevin Painter V Andy Hamilton
James Wade V Andy Smith
Phil Taylor V Steve Beaton
Gary Anderson V Brendan Dolan
Adrian Lewis V Daryl Gurney