Anderson Targets First Dublin Title

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Anderson Targets First Dublin Title

GARY ANDERSON is targeting a fifth televised title of the year at the Unibet World Grand Prix, as the Dublin event gets underway this weekend.

Fresh from his Champions League of Darts triumph in Brighton on Sunday, Anderson will look to add to his impressive 2018 trophy haul at the double-start event which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Anderson was a finalist in the 2016 tournament where he lost out to this year's favourite Michael van Gerwen, but was absent from the 2017 event due to the birth of his second child.

The two-time World Champion is aiming to make up for lost time at the Citywest Hotel from September 30-October 6 but knows it will be a tough test to clinch the £100,000 top prize.

"I missed it last year and it will be great to get back there," said Anderson, who has also won the UK Open, World Matchplay and US Darts Masters in 2018.

"I'd love to win it and I always enjoy playing in Ireland.

"It will be a very hard game against Jonny Clayton. He's probably the best Welsh player at the moment, he's a nice bloke and class on the board.

"He's impressed me in the last couple of years and if he plays the game he can play he's one of the best."

Following his victory on the south coast on Sunday, the Scot is now planning to spend time with family and relax before flying out to Ireland.

"I'm looking forward to having a few days at home - my little man [son Tai] will love this trophy!" Anderson added.

"I'm over the moon to win the Champions League, it was a hard weekend and I struggled at times but came good in the end.

"I just turn up and play my game but it's going alright so far this year."

The Unibet World Grand Prix will take place at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin from September 30-October 6 and will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Tickets for the Unibet World Grand Prix are still available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ie or by calling 0818 903001 (Ireland), 0333 321 9996 (NI & UK) or 00 353 818 903001 (International Customers).

2018 Unibet World Grand Prix
Draw Bracket
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Steve Lennon
Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall (8) v Max Hopp
Ricky Evans v Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney (5) v John Henderson
Ron Meulenkamp v Joe Cullen
Gary Anderson (4) v Jonny Clayton
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Kim Huybrechts
Peter Wright (2) v Steve West
Jermaine Wattimena v Mervyn King
Simon Whitlock (7) v James Wilson
Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis
Mensur Suljovic (6) v James Wade
Josh Payne v Ian White
Rob Cross (3) v Steve Beaton
Danny Noppert v Gerwyn Price

Schedule of Play
Sunday September 30 (7pm)
First Round

Jeffrey de Zwaan v Kim Huybrechts
Ron Meulenkamp v Joe Cullen
Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting
Ricky Evans v Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall v Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney v John Henderson
Michael van Gerwen v Steve Lennon
Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton

Monday October 1 (7pm)
First Round

Jermaine Wattimena v Mervyn King
Josh Payne v Ian White
Danny Noppert v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Steve West
Rob Cross v Steve Beaton
Mensur Suljovic v James Wade
Simon Whitlock v James Wilson
Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis

Tuesday October 2 (7pm)
Second Round

Chisnall/Hopp v Evans/Van Barneveld
Anderson/Clayton v De Zwaan/Huybrechts
Gurney/Henderson v Meulenkamp/Cullen
Van Gerwen/Lennon v Webster/Bunting

Wednesday October 3 (7pm)
Second Round

Suljovic/Wade v Payne/White
Cross/Beaton v Noppert/Price
Wright/West v Wattimena/King
Whitlock/Wilson v Smith/Lewis

Thursday October 4 (7pm)
Quarter-Finals

Friday October 5 (7pm)
Semi-Finals

Saturday October 6 (8pm)
Final

Preceded by Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay final (Approx 7.10pm)
Kevin Burness v Mick McGowan

Format
First Round - Best of three sets
Second Round - Best of five sets
Quarter-Finals - Best of five sets
Semi-Finals - Best of seven sets
Final - Best of nine sets
All sets are the best of five legs, and all legs must begin and end with a double.