Michael van Gerwen will start his bid for a World Grand Prix title in the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin with the field set to be verified following this weekend Players Championship double-header.
The distinctive event will indicate the beginning of an action-packed climax to the darting period on Sky Sports, which comprises the Grand Slam of Darts along with also the 2020 World Championship in Alexandra Palace.
Van Gerwen defeated Peter Wright to scoop his Grand Prix crown though’The Green Machine’ because clinching a fifth Premier League title has been nowhere close to his classic best.
Second-seed Rob Cross is currently aiming to win his first match at this championship, having endured exits from Steve Beaton in each of the past couple of decades.
Daryl Gurney will be hoping to replicate the world along with his own 2017 success No 3 is defined to become one of three former winners in the field – together with winner and Van Gerwen James Wade.
‘The Machine’ has procured a career-equalling five PDC ranking titles thus much, yet the winner has suffered four successive defeats on Irish soil since reaching the final.
Gary Anderson continues his return from injury, while World Matchplay finalist Michael Smith, a year’s finalist Wright along with Grand Slam winner Gerwyn Price finish the seeds.
The top 16 players in the PDC Order of Merit will be joined in Dublin by 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit, with just two events.
Three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant will headline the listing of debutants in 2019, which also includes former World Masters champion Krzysztof Ratajski and also Czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes.
Although the Belgian’s qualification is not yet secure two-time World Youth winner Dimitri Van den Bergh can also be in line to make his Dublin bow as one of the 16 Pro Tour qualifiers.
It is not very long to wait patiently until darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets under way on Sunday, October 6 in Dublin’s Citywest Arena and seven times of coverage continues until the final on Saturday, October 12.