Van Barneveld will be favourite, but perhaps should not be given his opponent with the methodical, Liam Maendl-Lawrance who has enjoyed recent success on the European Tour albeit usually getting beat by Danny Noppert in the second round up first.
Maendl-Lawrance will split loyalties in the crowd who will be there to see Barney but also will cheer on their home hero who previously was a security guard on the European Tour and is now on the big stage aiming to cause another upset tonight.
Tournament centre 2023 European Darts Grand Prix: Schedule of play, all results, live stream and prize money breakdown
The evening session kicks off with a meeting between De Sousa and Nico Kurz, then Roman Benecky faces Adam Smith-Neale. For Daryl Gurney, a meeting with Dylan Slevin awaits, and Chris Dobey meets Graham Hall.
Former world champion Steve Beaton will battle Ricardo Pietreczko for a place in the last 32. Simon Whitlock plays Josh Payne, while the final match of the first round is between Gabriel Clemens and Lee Evans.
Where can I follow this tournament?
This year, for the first time, the Euro Tour tournaments will be broadcast by Viaplay. The afternoon sessions start at 12:00, while the evening sessions start at 18:00.
Furthermore, the European Darts Grand Prix can be watched via PDC TV. A subscription is required to access this live stream.
How much prize money is there to win?
During each Euro Tour tournament, £175,000 in prize money is distributed. All qualifiers are guaranteed £1,250, while the top-16 seeded players on the European Darts Grand Prix will receive £2,500 anyway. However, these 16 players must win their first game in the second round for the prize money to actually count towards the world rankings and other rankings.
Per win, the prize money earned increases. Thus, the finalists already get a minimum of £12,000. The winner of the tournament goes home with the top prize of £30,000.
Schedule 2023 European Darts Grand Prix
Friday 26 May
Evening session (from 18:00)
Jose de Sousa v Nico Kurz
Roman Benecky v Adam Smith-Neale
Dylan Slevin v Daryl Gurney
Graham Hall v Chris Dobey
Steve Beaton v Ricardo Pietreczko
Liam Maendl-Lawrance v Raymond van Barneveld
Josh Payne v Simon Whitlock
Gabriel Clemens v Lee Evans