Beginning this Monday, the 16th annual World Grand Prix of Darts gets off to a bang in the Irish capital of Dublin with Michael van Gerwen hoping to defend his 2012 title.
Between 2005 and 2011, Phil Taylor and James Wade exchanged victories in the competition before Dutchman van Gerwen intervened last year.
Will this year see one of the former Grand Prix bastions reclaim a familiar title, or can an outsider once again stage an upset of their own?
Looking ahead of the week-long competition, read on for a breakdown of the Round 1 draw and more.
|Round One Match Number||Round Two Match Number||Quarter-Final Match Number||Semi-Final Match Number||Final|
|1. Phil Taylor vs. Jamie Caven|
|2. Paul Nicholson vs. Robert Thornton||1. Winner of Round One Match 1 vs. Winner of Round One Match 2|
|3. Wes Newton vs. Peter Wright||1. Winner of Round Two Match 1 vs Winner of Round Two Match 2|
|4. Gary Anderson vs. Jelle Klaasen||2. Winner of Round One Match 3 vs. Winner of Round One Match 4|
|5. James Wade vs. Steve Beaton||1. Winner of Quarter-Final 1 vs. Winner of Quarter-Final 2|
|6. Connie Finnan vs. Terry Jenkins||3. Winner of Round One Match 5 vs. Winner of Round One Match 6|
|7. Simon Whitlock vs. Michael Mansell||2. Winner of Round Two Match 3 vs. Winner of Round Two Match 4|
|8. Ronnie Baxter vs. Colin Lloyd||4. Winner of Round One Match 7 vs. Winner of Round One Match 8|
|9. Michael van Gerwen vs. John Part||Winner of Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner of Semi-Final 2|
|10. Stuart Kellett vs. Raymond van Barneveld||5. Winner of Round One Match 9 vs. Winner of Round One Match 10|
|11. Dave Chisnall vs. Ian White||3. Winner of Round Two Match 5 vs. Winner of Round Two Match 6|
|12. Wayne Jones vs. Mervyn King||6. Winner of Round One Match 11 vs. Winner of Round One Match 12|
|13. Andy Hamilton vs. Kim Huybrechts||2. Winner of Quarter-Final 3 vs. Winner of Quarter-Final 4|
|14. Kevin Painter vs. Richie Burnett||7. Winner of Round One Match 13 vs. Winner of Round One Match 14|
|15. Adrian Lewis vs. Brendan Dolan||4. Winner of Round Two Match 7 vs. Winner of Round Two Match 8|
|16. Justin Pipe vs. Andy Smith||8. Winner of Round One Match 15 vs. Winner of Round One Match 16|
Round 1 Favourites
Adrian Lewis vs. Brendan Dolan
A player looking to continue his ascendancy through the hierarchy of the darts world, Adrian Lewis is looking to add to what has already been a successful 2013.
Earlier this year, the 28-year-old won the first European Championship of his career before finishing as runner-up to former mentor, Phil Taylor, in the final of the World Matchplay.
That being said, having visited the final of the last two major tournaments, Lewis is in a rich vein of form, despite exiting the German Darts Masters very early on in September.
However, the Stoke-on-Trent native is looking to transform his pattern at the World Grand Prix, having exited in the early rounds of the last two competitions since making the final in 2010.
Opposite Lewis is Brendan Dolan, who also managed a runners-up finish at the World Grand Prix, in 2011.
The Northern Irishman has appeared in six ranking finals but is yet to win one of his own, the last runners-up finish coming against none other than Lewis, against whom he let slip a 3-0 lead to eventually lose 6-4 at the Players Championship in May.
Michael van Gerwen vs. John Part
Can Van Gerwen retain his World Grand Prix title?
The reigning World Grand Prix of Darts champion, Michael van Gerwen, will open his title defence against Canada’s John Part, a player regarded as the best to have come out of North America based on tournament wins.
While that may be the case, Part is in a barren period and hasn’t won a ranking tournament in almost six years, his last being the 2008 World Darts Championship.
Van Gerwen heads to Ireland with fond memories of the first major title he ever claimed, and one that he won’t be eager to lose hold of anytime soon.
Since triumphing in this tournament 12 months ago, the Dutch starlet has also won a Premier League of Darts title and is set to pose the most likely challenge to Phil Taylor’s No. 1 seed.
Phil Taylor vs. Jamie Caven
The evergreen Phil Taylor will be as determined as ever to win the World Grand Prix this year, having seen the title taken away from him by van Gerwen last season.
“The Power” is hoping to add an 11th World Grand Prix championship to his cabinet, but compatriot Jamie Cave is the first obstacle standing in the veteran’s path.
This will be the Leicester man’s fourth appearance in the last 32 of a World Grand Prix, with none of his previous three attempts going past this phase of the tournament.