Monday, September 20, 2021

2021 Darts World Matchplay Betting Tips And Predictions – 17/07/2021

The draw has been made, the players are ready, and Peter Wright has changed his darts, it must be time for a major darts event.

Yes, after six weeks without any televised darts, it is great to be able to say that the 2012 Darts World Matchplay gets underway this weekend.

One of the biggest – and loudest – tourneys on the PDC tour, this event is also one of biggest with only December’s World Championships at the Ally Pally ranking higher.

What is even better though is that fans will be in attendance and the event is being held at its spiritual home at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool rather than the MK Arena in Milton Keynes which had become something of a HQ for darts over the past year or so.

It is the PDC’s intention to house a reduced capacity for the first two days – Saturday and Sunday – before allowing a full house to enter from Monday July the 19th onward.

As for at the oche, a field of 32 made up from 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit, who are all seeded for the event, plus 16 qualifiers from the ProTour Order of Merit are the guys in contention.

The action gets underway on Saturday the 17th of July and runs all the way through to Sunday the 25th of July when we will find out who will be lifting the Phil Power trophy this year.

World Matchplay Betting Tips

10/1 shot and defending champion Dimitri ‘the Dream Maker’ Van den Bergh was a shock winner last year of the PDC’s second longest running major which was first staged in 1994.

The Belgian is part of a new European wave of darting talent as darts’ appeal stretches further and further abroad and we are seeing more winners coming from places other than the UK or the Netherlands, which is great for the game of darts.

See also, Jose De Sousa of Portugal who was the shock winner of last year’s Grand Slam and also made the final of the Darts Premier League.

The Special One has been installed as the third favourite for the outright win and it is easy to see why.

The pair ahead of him in the betting are, as you would expect, Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price.

It has been a funny old year for Michael van Gerwen. The normally imperious Dutchman hasn’t won a title all season.

But all the same, he is the greatest darter since Phil Taylor and it’s always hard to back against such a dominant force. Mighty Mike is the favourite to win what would be his third World Matchplay.

He is struggling for form though and is in trapped in a dry spell, but you still have that feeling that his incredible form can return at any time and when it does it will spell trouble for his opponents. Hence why he is the short priced co favourite at 9/2.

As for world number one Price, he will be keen to spring out of the traps and make up for lost time after he tested Covid positive on the eve of the Darts Premier League and was forced to miss out at the last minute.

The Iceman’s record in this event is less than impressive, however. He has never made it past the quarter finals and that came in his debut back in the summer of 2015.

He made it as far as the second round a year later but has fallen at the first hurdle ever since.

Because he missed the Darts Premier League which preceded a six week gap in the schedule we haven’t seen the world number one for quite a while now and it is hard to know what kind of form he is in. Either way, you can get 9/2 on the World Champ nailing his second major of the season.

While Price has been away, his fellow Welshman and World Cup winning partner Jonny Clayton has thrust himself into the limelight.

At the start of the year Go Go Jonny won his first televised PDC title when he took down the Darts Masters his first solo televised title and qualified for the Premier League of Darts.

He then went on win the DPL to cap an incredible breakout season which may not be done yet hence the 12/1 price on his head.

Clayton and Price both feature on opening night, taking on Matchplay debutant Dirk van Duijvenbode and Jermaine Wattimena (here, as replacement for the sick Mensur Suljovic), respectively.

Peter Wright will start his campaign on Sunday when he takes on Danny Noppert. Snakebite is another out of sort performer and it’s hard to not to think that the absence of fans hasn’t played its part in his drop off.

At the start of last year, he was going great guns, following up his world championship win with victory in the Darts Masters.

Then lockdown came along, and this colourful character seemed to dim, and we haven’t seen him again.

Hopefully, the reintroduction of fans will address this. Novibettors can get 15/2 on a Snakebite win.

Saturday’s first match gets underway at 19:00 UK time when Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall faces Vincent van der Voort at the oche, prior to Go Go Jonny Clayton facing Dirk van Duijvenbode before Price steps out against Wattimena.

Opening night then concludes with defending champion Dimitri van den Bergh going up against South Africa’s Devon Petersen. Round one continues on Sunday when Rob Cross, James Wade, Michael Smith and Peter Wright all step out, while Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson all feature in Monday night’s fixtures.

Bet on the 2021 Darts World Matchplay here

World Matchplay Darts At Novibet

Michael van Gerwen 9/2
Gerwyn Price 9/2
Jose De Sousa 7/1
Peter Wright 15/2
Dimitri Van Den Bergh 10/1
Jonny Clayton 12/1
James Wade 16/1
Gary Anderson 22/1
Nathan Aspinall 25/1


World Matchplay Darts Daily Schedule

Saturday July 17

First Round (best of 19 legs)

  • Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort
  • Jonny Clayton v Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Gerwyn Price v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Devon Petersen

Sunday July 18

First Round (best of 19 legs)

  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Brendan Dolan
  • Glen Durrant v Callan Rydz
  • Rob Cross v Ross Smith
  • James Wade v Luke Humphries
  • Joe Cullen v Chris Dobey
  • Michael Smith v Ryan Searle
  • Peter Wright v Danny Noppert
  • Jose de Sousa v Gabriel Clemens

Monday July 19 (1900 BST)

First Round (best of 19 legs)

  • Daryl Gurney v Ian White
  • Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King
  • Michael van Gerwen v Damon Heta
  • Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting

Tuesday July 20 (1900 BST)

Second Round (best of 21 legs)

  • Cross/R Smith v Durrant/Rydz
  • Wade/Humphries v Ratajski/Dolan
  • Price/Wattimena v Clayton/Van Duijvenbode
  • Van den Bergh/Petersen v Chisnall/Van der Voort

Wednesday July 21 (1900 BST)

Second Round (best of 21 legs)

  • M Smith/Searle v De Sousa/Clemens
  • Anderson/Bunting v Aspinall/King
  • Van Gerwen/Heta v Gurney/White
  • Wright/Noppert v Cullen/Dobey

Thursday July 22 (1900 BST)

Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • 2 x Quarter Finals

Friday July 23 (1900 BST)

Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • 2 x Quarter Finals

Saturday July 24 (1900 BST)

Semi-finals (Best of 33 legs)

  • 2 x Semi Finals

Sunday July 25 (2030 BST)

Final (Best of 35 legs)

  • Winner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-final 2


Venue: Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dates: July 17 – July 25

Format: Best of 19, 21, 31,33 and 35 legs

Current Champion: Dimitri Van Den Bergh

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: (13:00 and 1900 UK)

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