World Matchplay: Round One Betting
As ever in a tournament with only the top 16 players in the world being seeded there are some seriously tasty first round contests being thrown up at the World Matchplay and there will undoubtedly be some favourites tumbling out at the first hurdle in Blackpool.
The three favourites for the competition Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis probably are not any of the seeds that are going to struggle in round one although if the European Championship is anything to go by then Ronny Huybrechts should give Lewis a good game.
MVG takes on Colin Lloyd who has been in decent form but will lose, Taylor meets Stuart Kellett who has a bright future but won’t challenge the Power and Jackpot really should out-do the in-form Belgian.
On the first night of the competition there are a couple of lengthy prices that could definitely be worth having a punt on though. One of the form players on the PDC tour at the moment is Jelle Klaasen who has been beating plenty of the best players in the world over the last few months and was one of the unseeded players the all of the top 16 wanted to avoid. He takes on Simon Whitlock who did brilliantly to reach the European Championship final but is still prone to early exits despite his lofty world ranking. Klaasen is 2/1 to win the match with Bet365 and although it is fair he is second favourite this is a generous price and could easily pinch it.
John Part also takes on James Wade on night one and although it is no surprise that Wade is favourite, the huge 7/2 on a three time world champion looks very tempting indeed. Wade is something of an expert at this competition and is always tough to beat in Blackpool but if Darth Maple is on form then he can give anyone a game in a race to 10.
Day two sees some cracking contests including Kim Huybrechts facing Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall meeting Paul Nicholson in matches that could steal the show from more established names on the bill. One price that stands out on the Sunday is in the clash between Mervyn King and Gary Anderson with the former being the odds-against second favourite. Anderson has not been anywhere near his best for some months now and King has every chance of beating him in the form he is in. The King is at 13/10 with Boyle Sports and looks sensational value at that price.
The potential value on the final night could be another one of the form horses in the game Jamie Caven who takes on Wes Newton. The only thing limiting Caven’s chances is the morale crushing comeback Simon Whitlock performed on him in the Euro Champs quarter-finals; if it wasn’t for him he would definitely be worth backing but it does leave a cloud over him. Even so, his form has been so good he looks a good price at 11/10 to beat the Warrior with Ladbrokes.
• Taylor powers to 14th Matchplay title
• Taylor v Lewis: Power unbeatable in Matchplay finals
• Van Gerwen v Lewis: Classic semi-final in prospect
• Taylor v Wade: Machine can out-180 the Power
• Van Gerwen v Chisnall: Mighty Mike makes maximums
• Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot building up nicely
• Taylor v Pipe: Force to push the Power
• Wade v Whitlock: Wizard can Wade into semis
• Chisnall v Caven: On song Jabba to chop down Chizzy
• Wade v Anderson: In form duo could produce epic
• Lewis v Huybrechts: Rebel no walkover for Jackpot
• Van Gerwen v Lloyd: MVG a maximum machine
• Huybrechts v Wright: Expect maximums aplenty
• Whitlock v Klaasen: Matador can oust the Aussie
• Taylor hopes to prove he is still king of Blackpool
• Averages and nine-darter markets look profitable