We’ll be posting our World Matchplay Darts predictions throughout the Blackpool event and have a near-4/1 Monday treble from the first-round matches.
The iconic Winter Gardens will once again stage this classic tournament and we’re hoping to hit the bullseye with these early selections.
Peter Wright to beat Vincent van der Voort @ 7/25
Wright arrives at the Winter Gardens in fantastic form after following up his German Masters triumph with back-to-back Players Championship titles in Barnsley. Snakebite – beaten by Phil Taylor in the 2017 final – thrashed van der Voort 6-1 last week and has prevailed against the Dutchman in seven of their 12 meetings. The Dutch Destroyer’s best performance in Blackpool was a quarter-final appearance in 2009 and he is easy to oppose in our World Matchplay Darts betting tips.
Daryl Gurney to beat Ricky Evans @ 12/25
Gurney, the 2017 semi-finalist, impressed on his way to the Premier League play-off semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Michael van Gerwen 10-7. But the Irishman’s form has been inconsistent since and was whitewashed 8-0 by James Wade in the recent German Masters quarter-finals. Evans has won three of his last four meetings with Gurney but lost 8-6 to Superchin in the German Championship final in March. Evans has also reached a Players Championship final this year but Gurney will find his form here.
John Henderson to beat Simon Whitlock @ Evens
Highlander enjoyed one of the best nights of his career when he was pitted against world number one Michael van Gerwen in the Premier League in Aberdeen as one of the ‘contenders’ and thrilled his home crowd by earning a 7-7 draw. Henderson’s best performance at Blackpool came in 2011 when he reached the last 16 before losing 13-11 to Andy Hamilton. Whitlock is a two-time semi-finalist in this event and the first meeting between these two for more than two years could go either way but we are plumping for Henderson to shade it.
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