World Matchplay Darts Tips
Barry Hearn, the chairman of the PDC, never rests in his goal of expanding darts throughout the world.
The PDC have recently held tournaments in the Far East and the USA but this week it’s back to the PDC’s bread and butter with the World Matchplay held at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Top Betting Tips
It’s going to be a long time before the bookies don’t install Michael van Gerwen as the favourite for a PDC tournament.
The Dutchman is far and away the best darts player on the planet and has been for some time. MvG added another title to his collection last weekend with victory over Daryl Gurney in the US Darts Masters and he is the two-time defending World Matchplay champion.
After initially struggling for his best game at the Winter Gardens, van Gerwen has found his groove on the stage and remains the man to beat at a best price of 4/5 with Sportingbet.
Blackpool is the latest stop on Phil Taylor’s year long lap of honour. The Power is retiring after the World Championship in January and would dearly love to once again win the tournament at which he’s triumphed 15 times before and where he hit the first nine dart finish to be broadcast live on British TV.
Unfortunately, Taylor’s tough draw makes his chances of winning very small. In fact, with Raymond van Barneveld his most likely second round opponent, Taylor could exit after just two matches, an outcome you can back at 2/1 with Betfred.
James Wade has a very good record at the World Matchplay. The Machine has only won the title once but he’s made it to the final five further times.
This year, Wade’s been placed in the opposite half of the draw to van Gerwen and will, therefore, be confident about his chances of another run to the final.
Therefore, an each-way bet on Wade could well pay dividends at 50/1 with Bet365 who are paying half the odds for the place, unlike many bookies who are only paying one-third of the odds.
If Wade is to make it to the final he will likely have to beat the dangerous Peter Wright. The Scottish international has been playing some stunning darts for a while but Wade has what it takes to edge him out at the Winter Gardens.
So, have a bet on Wright to be eliminated in the quarter-final (which is where the two would meet) at 10/3 with Betfair.
To keep darts interesting and competitive throughout the year, the PDC regularly change the format of their biggest events.
The World Championship, for example, is a set play tournament while in the World Matchplay it’s much simpler. Each match has a maximum number of legs and the player who wins the most legs wins the match.
The 32 competitors are drawn from the top 16 in the PDC Order of Merit and 16 qualifiers from the ProTour. They are then seeded and drawn in one big bracket. As the rounds progress, the number of legs required to win increases with the final played over the best of 35 legs.
- The 2017 edition of the World Matchplay is the 24th time the tournament has been held
- In that time, Phil Taylor has won the most titles with 15 which is 13 more than both Michael van Gerwen and Rod Harrington
- There have only been six winners of the World Matchplay
- The 2017 prize fund has been increased to £500,000 with £115,000 going to the winner
- The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens has always played host to the World Matchplay