Robert Thornton will begin the defence of his World Grand Prix title against former world champion Stephen Bunting on the tournament’s opening night, whilst world champion Gary Anderson and two-time Grand Prix winner James Wade will also headline Sunday’s line-up at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.
Gary Anderson will begin his assault for a maiden Dublin title when he takes on seven-time ranking winner Jamie Caven, whilst Wade takes on nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins, in a repeat of the 2007 final. The tournament’s opening match will be contested between two debutants, as Kyle Anderson meets Spanish star Cristo Reyes.
Ian White will take on Kim Huybrechts in a tasty encounter, before Gerwyn Price and Benito van de Pas both go in search of their first wins on the Citywest stage when they lock horns.
Elsewhere, third seed Adrian Lewis will take on Jelle Klaasen in the tie of the round, before the final tie of Sunday night sees 2012 finalist Mervyn King takes on five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, twice a finalist at the Grand Prix.
World number one Michael van Gerwen will begin his bid for a third World Grand Prix title against the veteran Steve Beaton, whilst 11-time champion Phil Taylor hopes to continue to build upon his Champions League of Darts triumph when he clashes with Steve West.
Dave Chisnall, a finalist back in 2013, takes on Dublin debutant Robbie Green, whilst former major winner Simon Whitlock takes on Joe Cullen. Meanwhile, eighth seed Michael Smith will aim to return to winning ways with a tie against former Lakeside finalist Alan Norris.
Mick McGowan will play the in-form James Wilson, whilst Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney makes his return from an injury on his throwing hand, with a tie against tournament dark-horse Mensur Suljovic. Finally, the first-round action concludes with a tie between fifth seed Peter Wright and home favourite Brendan Dolan.
Sunday’s winners from the bottom half of the draw will feature in Tuesday’s second-round action, whilst Wednesday will see Monday’s winners from the top half of the draw returning to the stage.
The quarter-finals will be held on Thursday, with the semi-finals on Friday before the tournament concludes on Saturday with the final.
2016 Unibet World Grand Prix
Sunday October 2 (7pm)
First Round x8
Kyle Anderson v Cristo Reyes
Ian White v Kim Huybrechts
James Wade (6) v Terry Jenkins
Gerwyn Price v Benito van de Pas
Adrian Lewis (3) v Jelle Klaasen
Robert Thornton (7) v Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson (2) v Jamie Caven
Mervyn King v Raymond van Barneveld
Monday October 3 (7pm)
First Round x8
Dave Chisnall v Robbie Green
Mick McGowan v James Wilson
Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith (8) v Alan Norris
Joe Cullen v Simon Whitlock
Phil Taylor (4) v Steve West
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Steve Beaton
Peter Wright (5) v Brendan Dolan
Tuesday October 4 (7pm)
Second Round x4
Wade/Jenkins v Price/van de Pas
Thornton/Bunting v White/Huybrechts
G Anderson/Caven v K Anderson/Reyes
Lewis/Klaasen v King/van Barneveld
Wednesday October 5 (7pm)
Second Round x4
Smith/Norris v Cullen/Whitlock
Wright/Dolan v Chisnall/Green
Taylor/West v Suljovic/Gurney
van Gerwen/Beaton v McGowan/Wilson
Thursday October 6 (7pm)
Friday October 7 (7pm)
Saturday October 8 (8.30pm)
Preceded by Irish Matchplay Final (approx 7.45pm, best of 11 legs)
Mick McGowan v Radek Szaganski