The 2020 BoyleSports World Grand Prix is here.

Two months on from the last ranked TV event, the Betfred World Matchplay, big time darts is back on our screens.

Here, we’ll let you know:

  • where it will take place
  • who’s involved
  • the favourites for the title
  • the schedule of play
  • how you can follow it with us

Where’s it taking place?

The 2020 BoyleSports World Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

It will be the first time since 2001 that the event will not be held at the Citywest near Dublin since 2001. This is due to the venue being used as a field hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

The PDC still want fans to be part of the event though. They’ve asked them to submit videos to be part of their video wall. They will also play crowd noise inside the venue as well on the TV broadcast.

Fans can also download their own 180 card.

The Ricoh Arena in Coventry will host the 2020 BoyleSports World Grand Prix

Who will be playing?

The field is made up of the top 16 from the:

after the second Euro Tour event in Hildesheim.

The top eight seeds are:

  • Michael van Gerwen
  • Peter Wright
  • Gerwyn Price
  • Michael Smith
  • Rob Cross
  • Nathan Aspinall
  • Daryl Gurney
  • James Wade

The unseeded eight players from the Order of Merit are:

  • Gary Anderson
  • Dave Chisnall
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Ian White
  • Glen Durrant
  • Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Mensur Suljovic
  • Adrian Lewis

The top 16 Pro Tour qualifiers are:

  • Devon Petersen
  • Danny Noppert
  • Jose De Sousa
  • Brendan Dolan
  • Joe Cullen
  • Jonny Clayton
  • Ryan Searle
  • Jermaine Wattimena
  • Gabriel Clemens
  • Mervyn King
  • Stephen Bunting
  • Ryan Joyce
  • Jamie Hughes
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Chris Dobey
  • Kim Huybrechts

What’s the prize money and what are players defending?

Michael van Gerwen will defend £100,000 on his Order of Merit ranking, after winning this title in 2018. He beat Peter Wright in the final, and Snakebite will be defending £45,000 in Coventry this time around. Even if Wright goes further than Van Gerwen this year, the Green Machine will still comfortably be top of the PDC Order of Merit at the end of the week.

Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic will be defending £23,500 on their rankings. They both made the semi finals in Dublin two years ago.

The prize fund remains at £450,000 as in 2019. It’s broken down like this:

  • Winner – £110,000
  • Runner up – £50,000
  • Semi finalists – £25,000
  • Quarter finalists – £16,000
  • Second round – £10,000
  • First round – £6,000

What’s the schedule of play?

The draw was made for the tournament on Monday 28 September.

Here is the schedule of play for the 2020 BoyleSports World Grand Prix. All start times are UK time:

Tuesday October 6 (1800 BST)
8x first round

Adrian Lewis v Chris Dobey
Danny Noppert v Ryan Searle
Mensur Suljovic v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jose De Sousa v Devon Petersen
James Wade v Mervyn King
Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Wednesday October 7 (1800 BST)
8x first round

Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts
Jamie Hughes v Stephen Bunting
Jonny Clayton v Ian White
Dave Chisnall v Glen Durrant
Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen
Peter Wright v Ryan Joyce
Gerwyn Price v Jermaine Wattimena
Nathan Aspinall v Gabriel Clemens

Thursday October 8 (1900 BST)
4x second round

Friday October 9 (1900 BST)
4x second round

Saturday October 10 (1900 BST)
Quarter finals

Sunday October 11 (1900 BST)
Semi finals

Monday October 12 (2000 BST)

Who are the favourites for the title?

Michael van Gerwen is the favourite to lift the title, however his odds are drifting. He’s currently 17/4 with title sponsors BoyleSports, just ahead of Gerwyn Price at 5/1.

The World Champion Peter Wright is third favourite at 11/2, with Nathan Aspinall at 12/1 as fourth favourite.

Gary Anderson is 14/1, while Glen Durrant and Michael Smith are 18/1 and 23/1 respectively.

View the full BoyleSports outright market. 

How can I follow it?

The BoyleSports World Grand Prix will be live on Sky Sports in the UK. You can also watch it outside the UK via the PDC’s broadcast partners, such as RTL or DAZN.

You can also live stream the event. Find out more here.

We’ll have you covered here at Online Darts, with reaction with every winner of every game direct from Coventry. Head over to our YouTube channel and hit subscribe so you don’t miss a video. You can watch our preview show now below:

We’ll also produce the Grand Prix Daily. This round up show will feature reaction, news and debate from every day of the tournament. It will be available across our podcast channels the morning after play.

Plus, we’ll be giving regular updates across our:

Follow all the drama of the World Grand Prix with us at Online Darts.