WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith previews the action on Monday 25th October, and has found 4 EW selections across three cards.
|Gerwyn Price||5/1||Ante Post
World Matchplay Darts 2021
Date of Tips: 13/07/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (11:47 13/07/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
World Matchplay Darts 2021
The World Matchplay will return to its traditional Winter Gardens home after being staged behind closed doors in Milton Keynes last year, with 32 of the world’s best battling it out for the Phil Taylor Trophy from July 17-25. There could be as many as eight debutants among the list of Pro Tour qualifiers, with UK Open finalist Luke Humphries, World Grand Prix runner-up Dirk van Duijvenbode and PDC title winners Devon Petersen and Damon Heta all almost assured of sealing qualification. SkyBet places the three debutants at Humpries 66/1, Van Duijvenbode 33/1, Peterson 66/1, and Heta 80/1.
The competition amongst the seeded players will also be fascinating. There are 12 PDC major winners among the provisional 16 seeds, which enhances the prospect of some intriguing second-round contests. At present, world No 1 Gerwyn Price would face his compatriot and Premier League champion Jonny Clayton in the last 16. The Welsh world cup winners are great friends and would not want to meet at such an early stage of the competition. You can get Price to win at 5/1 and a Clayton tournament victory at 14/1 from bookie Bet365.
Matchplay qualifiers – Order of Merit
Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Jose De Sousa, Nathan Aspinall, Glen Durrant, Krzysztof Ratajski, Daryl Gurney, Joe Cullen, Jonny Clayton.
Provisional Matchplay qualifiers – Pro Tour
Devon Petersen, Damon Heta, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Brendan Dolan, Danny Noppert, Mensur Suljovic, Luke Humphries, Mervyn King, Gabriel Clemens, Vincent van der Voort, Ross Smith, Ian White, Callan Rydz, Ryan Searle, Jermaine Wattimena, Madars Razma.
Current Format since 2016;
First Round: First to 10 legs (match must be won by 2 clear legs; sudden death leg at 12–12)
Second Round: First to 11 legs (match must be won by 2 clear legs; sudden death leg at 13–13)
Quarter-Finals: First to 16 legs (match must be won by 2 clear legs; sudden death leg at 18–18)
Semi-Finals: First to 17 legs (match must be won by 2 clear legs; sudden death leg at 19–19)
Final: First to 18 legs (match must be won by 2 clear legs; sudden death leg at 20–20)
Despite his recent time off and missing the Premier League, it is difficult to write off the World Champion. Gerwyn Price will be rested, fresh, and more determined than ever to make an impression and maintain his world no 1 status with another major. You can back Gerwyn Price @ 5/1 with William Hill.