Anderson to Repeat Blackpool Heroics

Michael van Gerwen

A stellar field will assemble at the wonderful Winter Gardens in Blackpool for the 2019 edition of the World Matchplay. World Champion Michael van Gerwen will, as always, be the man to beat. The Dutchman is struggling for form though and we fancy Gary Anderson to retain the trophy.

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2019 World Matchplay Dates

Saturday 20th July to Sunday 28th July

2019 World Matchplay Darts Draw

Quarter One

(1) Michael van Gerwen v Steve Beaton
(16) Adrian Lewis v Glen Durrant
(8) James Wade v Jeffrey de Zwaan
(9) Mensur Suljovic v Jermaine Wattimena

Quarter Two

(5) Michael Smith v Jamie Hughes
(12) Dave Chisnall v Max Hopp
(4) Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert
(13) Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King

Quarter Three

(2) Rob Cross v Chris Dobey
(15) Darren Webster v Krzysztof Ratajski
(7) Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
(10) Ian White v Joe Cullen

Quarter Four

(6) Peter Wright v Vincent van der Voort
(11) Simon Whitlock v John Henderson
(3) Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
(14) Jonny Clayton v Keegan Brown 

Format

The first round is the best of 19 legs. This increases each round with the final being a marathon best of 35 legs. All games must be won by two clear legs. 

Gary Anderson

Analysis and Betting Tips – The Main Contenders

Michael van Gerwen takes his customary role as the favourite, at +150 . Tight as this price is it signals a small drift over the last few weeks. The Green Machine has been in poor form over the last few months. He did win the Premier League in May but was not very convincing along the way. He hasn’t won any of the last five events he has entered and has suffered early defeats in the US Masters and German Masters in the two weekends prior to the Matchplay.

His record at Blackpool is not fantastic either. He has two victories to his name but that is an unusually poor return for MVG. +150 doesn’t exactly scream value. 

Rob Cross is next best at +800 . The world number two is housed in the opposite side of the draw to both MVG and Gary Anderson and will fancy a good run. However, actually getting over the winning line is proving a problem for Voltage and it is nearly a year since he picked up a winner’s trophy. 

Gary Anderson won his first Matchplay last year. There are mixed signs as to whether he can repeat. He took the early part of the year off through injury but returned to win the PDC World Cup paired with Peter Wright.

He hasn’t done much since and exited early from the US and German Masters in the run-up to the Matchplay. This isn’t a huge worry with Anderson though, as he tends to be very selective about which events to try his hardest in.

His early draw looks fine with Danny Noppert and Dave Chisnall unlikely to trouble him.

Bigger challengers will await, and he may have to face MVG in the semi-final. But at +1000 he looks the best of the short-priced contenders.

TOP TIP! – Gary Anderson to win +1000

Peter Wright had a terrible time in the Premier League and looked to be on a downward career trajectory. He has made a decent recovery though with a win in the Dutch Masters at the end of May, and the German Masters last weekend. 

He also tasted victory for Scotland in the World Cup of Darts, along with Gary Anderson.

He has halved in price to as low as +1200 , and any value is long gone. Snakebite remains a dodgy betting proposition anyway. 

Gerwyn Price is an interesting contender at +2000 . His Grand Slam victory last year proved that he has the ability to win these events. However, he still looks to be a little below top-class and needs the best opposition to have an off-day or to be put off by his on-stage shenanigans.

Daryl Gurney has put some nice wins on the board over the last two years, including a £100K pot in the Players Championship last November. He continued that fine form into the Premier League, reaching the semi-finals with two victories over MVG in the league phase.

His number three seeding means he will avoid the big guns in the early rounds. He looks the one to be on in the bottom half of the draw at a nice +2500 . 

TOP TIP! – Daryl Gurney to win +2500

James Wade has six appearances in the final here, a fantastic record albeit with only one victory.

He clearly loves the venue and will always be ready to pounce on players who perform below their best. The draw hasn’t been too kind to him though. He has a terrible record against his likely opponent in the second round, Mensur Suljovic. 

Nathan Aspinall has had a brilliant 8 eight months. His run to the World Championship semi-final in December had a hint of ‘lucky draw’ about it at first glance. However, he put the doubters to bed in March with a £100K triumph in the UK Open.

His good form has continued with another win in the invitational US Masters in early July. He will head to Blackpool full of confidence. +2500 is very short though for a player making his Blackpool debut. 

Best of The Rest

Last year’s runner-up Mensur Suljovic has been written off at +4000 . He unique playing style makes him a difficult opponent that many players flounder against. He could go well again. 

Bully Boy Michael Smith has struggled to get over the disappointment of losing in the World Championship final last December. He will eventually rediscover some form but for the moment he is one to avoid. 

Ian White is a fine player who consistently struggles on these big stages in front of boisterous audiences. He has a couple of £25K wins already this year at the European Grand Prix and Dutch Darts Masters. These have moved him up to Number 10 in the world, but his dismal record in the TV Majors is off-putting. He has never been beyond the quarter-finals of any of the premium events. 

BDO Champion Glen Durrant is an exciting recruit to the PDC ranks. He has started off fine, but not well enough to indicate he could go deep here at his first attempt at +5000 .

Dave Chisnall has made an art-form of throwing matches away. Until he discovers how to close out matches he cannot be a reliable punt. 

Jamie Hughes has also recently come over from the BDO and has already won a £25K pot at the Czech Open. The Matchplay is a huge step up from that though.

Jackpot Adrian Lewis has started to rectify a slump which saw him slide out of the Top 16. He is still some way short of his best, reflected in odds of +8000 . His first-round tie against Glen Durrant will be one of the most eagerly awaited.

Jeffrey de Zwaan defeated MVG in the first-round last year and went all the way to the semi-finals. He hasn’t really pushed on from that though.

This is a high-class renewal with very few weak links. Players like Chris Dobey, Keegan Brown, Max Hopp and Danny Noppert all have the potential to be top players over the next few years. Rapid Ricky Evans has huge potential also but may have to slow his game down.

Amongst the old guard, Steve Beaton often threatens for a round or two, though he has MVG up first. Mervyn King and Simon Whitlock still perform to a high standard, and Whitlock was twice a semi-finalist here at the start of the decade.

2019 Darts World Matchplay FAQ

What is the 2019 World Matchplay darts schedule?

The action starts on Saturday evening 20th July from the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Nathan Aspinall and Mervyn King is the first game up. The action will continue each day until the final on Sunday 28th July. 

Is the event on TV?

All games will be shown live on Sky Sports. 

What is the prize money for World Matchplay Darts?

As the second biggest event in the calendar, the prize fund is huge. The winner will take home £150K, and even first-round losers will leave with a nice £10K cheque. 

Who will be 2019 World Matchplay winner?

Our tips are:

Gary Anderson to win +1000

Daryl Gurney to win +2500

Adrian Lewis
Chris Dobey
Danny Noppert
Darren Webster
Daryl Gurney
dave chisnall
gary anderson
Gerwyn Price
Glen Durrant
Ian White
james wade
Jamie Hughes
Jeffrey de Zwaan
Jermaine Wattimena
Joe Cullen
John Henderson
Jonny Clayton
Keegan Brown
Krzysztof Ratajski
Max Hopp
Mensur Suljovic
Mervyn King
Michael Smith
michael van gerwen
Nathan Aspinall
PDC World Matchplay Darts
peter wright
Ricky Evans
Rob Cross
Simon Whitlock
stephen bunting
Steve Beaton
Vincent van der Voort

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