A bumper day of darts action will be beamed live into living rooms around the globe this Sunday direct from the Winter Gardens as the World Matchplay cranks up the bombast to knee-knocking levels.
The fixtures are crammed into day two’s action and what better way to supplement your afternoon’s viewing than with an accumulator?
You can’t think of one, can you? We thought as much. And in preparation for this eventuality, in true Blue Peter stylee, here’s one we made earlier.
Three short-price favourites and a hometown underdog compile this fourfold but, at 9/2, it’s well-worth a dabble and here’s the rationale as to why we’re championing this quartet.
Dave Chisnall to beat Dean Winstanley @ 9/20
Chizzy’s rollercoaster career seems to have plateaued satisfactorily in the top ten of the rankings.
He faces a foe whose lost to each of the previous top-20 opponents he’s faced inside his last 24 matches in Over The Top Winstanley, whom he’s bested in five of their seven encounters.
Andy Hamilton to beat Wayne Jones @ 3/10
Few players epitomise the ‘doubles for dough’ adage better than no-frills Hamilton.
The man hailing from darting Mecca (that’s Stoke to those not in the know) is in excellent knick, beating six of the previous seven adversaries at the oche and Jones has only ever won three matches in this tournament.
Brendan Dolan to beat Richie Burnett @ 9/20
The Prince of Wales has only won successive matches once across his last 12, which is very unimpressive given that his opponents included Ross Smith, Steve Grubb and James Richardson in that spell.
Unfortunately for him, he was victorious on his last outing so defeat looms against the History Maker, who snapped his five-match losing streak against this foe when they last squared off.
Ronnie Baxter to beat Wes Newton @ 29/20
A Lancashire grudge match pits Fleetwood against Blackpool and with the home crowd roaring the Rocket on he can upset the odds in this first-round match.
Newton’s record at the Winter Gardens is far from laudable; he’s won just once here since reaching the quarter-final in 2011 and he’s facing up with an on-song opponent whose won ten of his previous 14 outings.