World Matchplay of Darts Preview and Betting Tips

Russ Yershon

Monday, July 15, 2019 4:02 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 15, 2019 4:02 PM UTC

Will Michael van Gerwen continue his domination of major darts events?

<div><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/NcntvPYcp_I\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Michael van Gerwen won the World Championships in January followed by the Premier League of darts so has a firm grip of the main tournaments so far this year.</p><p>However van Gerwen hasn’t won the World Matchplay since 2016 so will be desperate to get his hands back on the trophy. Now fully fit, can Gary Anderson be the man to stop van Gerwen and retain his World Matchplay crown?</p><h2>World Matchplay darts 2019</h2><p><strong>Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th July – Winter Gardens, Blackpool</strong></p><p>Michael van Gerwen is clear favourite to win the World Matchplay of darts at 2.62 (13/8) but faces a tough battle to make it a hat-trick of major event wins this year. On the back of the World Championships in January 2019, then the Premier League of darts in May 2019, van Gerwen is going for the hat-trick as he attempts to win the World Matchplay.</p><p>However, van Gerwen hasn’t won this title since 2016 and over the past few years hasn’t been convincing in Blackpool which is shown by van Gerwen’s price of 2.62 (13.8) when it’s usually odds on for a tournament win.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://www.sportinglife.com/images/news/1350x759/082c26dc-3a47-4f08-89ef-430ea2a192cf.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p><p>Gary Anderson is defending Champion and fully fit after a lay-off earlier this year. He combined well with Peter Wright to win the World Cup of darts and this confidence can take him a long way in this competition. However he is in the same side of the draw as van Gerwen.</p><p>On the other side of the draw to van Gerwen and Anderson are Rob Cross and Peter Wright. Both of them are worth a bet ante-post to win the Tournament at odds of 9.0 (8/1) and 17.0 (16/1) as you’re getting 1/3 the odds on them each-way on getting to the final.</p><p>With van Gerwen having to play the likes of Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Gary Anderson to reach the final, I would want longer odds than 2.62 (13/8) with Ladbrokes to back him with full confidence.</p><p>Rob Cross and Peter Wright themselves have tricky opponents in Gerwen Price and Daryl Gurney, but baring those two, the experience and quality of the top seeds should see them through to a semi-final match up.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/4/590x/World-Cup-of-Darts-Rob-Cross-959881.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p><p> </p><p><strong>World Matchplay of darts 2019:</strong></p><ul> <li><strong>Best Bet: </strong>Rob Cross each-way 1/3 1-2 to win World Matchplay of darts 9.0 (8/1) with Skybet</li> <li><strong>Best Bet:</strong> Peter Wright each-way 1/3 1-2 to win World Matchplay of darts 17.0 (16/1) with BetViktor</li></ul><p> </p><h2><strong>Alternative Markets</strong></h2><p><strong>Name the Finalists in World Matchplay of darts 2019</strong></p><p>With Gary Anderson coming into this tournament fresher than other players and keen to defend his title, we’re tentatively putting up Anderson to make the final from the top half of the draw. In the bottom half, we favour Rob Cross to come through here and set up a mouth-watering final between England v Scotland (Anderson v Cross) 26.0 (25/1) with Betfred</p><p>Lean: <strong>Name the finalists: Gary Anderson v Rob Cross <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Betfred">26.0 (25/1) with Betfred</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=162&amp;a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0005/1349915/Biggest-Ever-Bet-Boost-1280x480-English-UK.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>World Matchplay of darts first round matches preview and tips</h2><p><strong>Saturday 20th July</strong></p><p>The opening night of the World Matchplay always delivers a fantastic atmosphere. The crowd come out on a Saturday and make a huge amount of noise. For the top players it’s important to get off to a good start and the longer format of the World Matchplay usually suits the higher ranked player. It’s important to know that the first round of the Tournament is the best of 19 legs.</p><p>With this in mind and the top players on show, we’re tipping up a favourite’s acca to get punters off to a good start.</p><p>Young Nathan Aspinall kicks things off when he faces veteran Mervyn King. Next up is Gerwyn Price against Stephen Bunting who has fallen down the rankings. The final two matches are Gary Anderson up against inexperienced Danny Noppert, then Rob Cross lines up against Chris Dobey.</p><p>Combining Aspinall, Price, Anderson and Cross all to win has odds of <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Betfair"><strong>2.6 (8/5) with Betfair</strong></a></p><p><strong>Best Bet: </strong>Aspinall, Price, Anderson and Cross all to win their first round matches on Sat 20th July <strong>2.6 (8/5) with Betfair</strong>.</p></div>
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