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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Chizzy looks the business in absence of big-name players

Thornton looked a cocktail of nerves in his curtain-raiser

Dave Chisnall has a big title chance in Ireland
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Day three
Sky Sports Action, 7pm Monday

No-shows and upsets have left the World Grand Prix in Dublin wide open and nobody goes into round two in better form than Dave Chisnall.

Once upon a time Chizzy would have been the first player punters put a red line through at the Grand Prix given his well-chronicled issues when it came to hitting doubles.

But he made a massive break­through when he reached the final in 2013, was a semi-finalist again last year and in the absence of Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis he'll have his eyes on the trophy.

On Tuesday night he takes on Robert Thornton and Chisnall gets a massive thumbs-up. The St Helens 180 machine is a 4-11 shot but he's well worth backing at 4-5 giving up 1.5 sets, meaning he can afford to drop a set in the race to three.

Chisnall was outstanding when beating Jelle Klaasen 2-0 on Sunday night. His doubling at the start of the legs was good, his doubling at the end of the legs exemplary – he finished six out of six with a trio of ton-plus finishes – and he ended up with a 101 average, an amazing number in this format.

Thornton has been in a lull for a while now and looked a cocktail of nerves and uncertainty when seeing off Kim Huybrechts in his opener.

That the 2015 champion got over the line with a last-leg break showed commendable courage given that at no stage of the match had he looked particularly comfortable, but he is likely to meet his match in Chisnall.

John Henderson, who stunned Van Gerwen in the shock of night one, has an atrocious record on big stages so that success against the world number one and pre-tournament odds-on favourite will have done him the power of good.

Don't expect him to be blown away by Alan Norris, who was given a fair old working over by Justin Pipe in round one.

Recommendations
D Chisnall -1.5 sets
2pts 4-5 Coral
J Henderson +1.5 sets
2pts 5-6 Betfred


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Against Klaasen, Chisnall's doubling at the start of legs was good, at the end of legs exemplary and he ended up with an amazing 101 average
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