World Grand Prix: Can Michael van Gerwen retain his title at the Citywest Hotel?

Michael van Gerwen starts his quest for a World Grand Prix title against debutant Jamie Hughes on Sunday evening, asThe Green Machine wants to defend the Dublin title for the very first time in his profession.
Van Gerwen stormed into his first televised title at the event in 2012, courtesy of a remarkable comeback win against Mervyn King, which was the catalyst for the shocking dominance we have witnessed from him throughout the previous seven or eight decades.
He was defeated at a quarter-final timeless by Dave Chisnall in 2013, but recovered to reclaim his name in 2014.
Regardless of this, his eye-catching Dublin victory arrived in 2016, if the Dutchman awakened a staggering tournament average of 99.46 from the double-start structure – the greatest in Grand Prix history.
The fourth victory at the Citywest of van Gerwen came and four sets fell en route to glory, even though he was not in his blistering best.
Yet while the Grand Prix career of MVG has been littered with highs, he has also endured some heartbreaking defeats.
The world winner came agonisingly close to retaining his name in 2015, dropping out in a epic to Robert Thornton, although he suffered a shock opening-round defeat to John Henderson in 2017 – among the largest upsets in the tournaments history.
The World Grand Prix is the only name Van Gerwen is to successfully defend since Phil Taylor defeated Raymond van Barneveld in finals in 2008 and 36, and nobody has retained this title.
Van Gerwen made a flying start to 2019 – Premier League crowns and after his World Championship triumph up by retaining his Masters.
The world suffered a slump which culminated in an early exit at the World Matchplay.
Can he muster to retain his crown, although he has to return to his scintillating best, Though he arrested his slip with back-to-back World Series titles under?
Van Gerwen enjoyed the monopoly in events winning successive titles at the World Championship, Pros and Premier League.
Rob Cross ensured his first key title since his 2018 World Championship triumph that was extraordinary, defeating Michael Smith to win back the World Matchplay in July.
World No 3 Daryl Gurney lifted the Grand Prix name in 2017 and with also raised the Players Championship Finals last year, the Northern Irishman will probably be expecting to make it a hat-trick of all TV titles in as many seasons.
Gary Anderson has to rediscover his best form since returning from a protracted accident lay-off butThe Flying Scotsman is always a threat awarded Michael Smith his capability and exactly the exact same applies.
Bully Boy has left the final of World Matchplay, World Championship and the Premier League but hes still looking for his first title that was televised.
Peter Wright will aim to go one better after losing out to Van Gerwen in the showpiece of last year, while Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price bids to advance past the quarter-finals at Dublin.
Champion James Wade has not won a match in this event because reaching the final but with won a career-equalling high in five ranking titles in 2019,The Machine heads.
Mensur Suljovic has attained the semi-finals at the Citywest in 3 of the previous four decades, although Nathan Aspinall is one of three players to win an individual televised name in 2019.
Therell be six debutants and five of those created their World Matchplay debuts at the Winter Gardens back.
Three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant headlines the list of newcomers, with enjoyed a debut year on the PDC circuit.
Duzza reached the World Matchplay courtesy of successes on Van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and James Wade and hell be bidding to produce a showing.
UK Open winner Aspinall, who won this years US Darts Pros, makes his first appearance.
Premier League competition Chris Dobey and czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes make their Dublin bows, while World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh ensured the final qualification spot following the cut-off a fortnight ago.
Its not long to wait patiently till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets under way on Sunday, October 6 in Dublins Citywest Arena October 12, and seven days of policy continues until the closing on Saturday.
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