The second-most prestigious tournament in the darting universe screeches into its third evening of fun and games with another serving of tantalising darts to accompany the smell of burnt rubber.
Here’s what the news.bwin.com/en/ darts dossier reveals about the tonight’s action:
Peter Wright to beat Stephen Bunting @ 3/5
The Bullet’s profile is a shade higher than when he dumped his rival out of the UK Open 9-1 as an amateur entrant last year but ‘Snakebite’ is in the kind of venomous nick that makes revenge a formality.
Scotland’s Wright comes bounding into the Matchplay on the back of victory in the PDC European Darts Open and handed out four-leg beatings to regular Premier Leaguers Simon Whitlock and Andy Hamilton in landing that particular gong.
By contrast Bunting has won consecutive matches outside of qualifiers just once in his last 11 oche outings.
Kim Huybrechts to beat Mervyn King @ 3/5
The King comes into the Blackpool bonanza in sickly form, tossing his way to a demise in four of his last five outings.
Huybrechts is more than capable of dispatching his ailing opponent here, having prevailed in three of their last four tussles.
Jamie Caven (+2.5 legs) to beat Gary Anderson @ 9/10
Leicester boy Jabba has been scalping the big dogs left, right and centre of late, with darters of the ilk of Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor falling under the wheels within the last month.
Anderson ranks not far below those foes in terms of stature, but he’s failed to beat an adversary by more than three legs in his last five matches and may have to settle for squeaking past his dangerous opponent here.
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