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Here is our preview of the darts action coming up from Blackpool!

2015 World Matchplay

Posted: 16.07.15 in Tournament Analysis Blog category

Here is our preview of the darts action coming up from Blackpool!

Blackpool is the focus of darts fans from Saturday night when the PDC World Matchplay kicks off at 7pm. If ever an event summed up what is great and what is not about the PDC then this is it. One man has dominated this tournament, (some of you will already be stifling yawns) yes Phil “The Power Taylor has won the event 15 times. It has only been held 21 times!

Taylor is an incredible player but for too long he was left alone by the rest of the players to win virtually everything he played in. This is the good and bad I was referring to, on one hand there is this immense talent, on the other sport was meant to be competitive, for way too long the PDC lacked that competitive edge.

But things have changed now! Anderson, MVG, Lewis and even Barney have all defeated The Power in recent times. They will still have to contend with not just Taylor but some amazing records and stats, such as: the last time Phil lost in Blackpool was in 2007! Taylor holds the record for the highest average in the final, in 2013 defeating Lewis he banged in a 111+ average. And my favourite, Taylor in unbeaten in the last 35 games he has played at the Matchplay!

Can Taylor repeat the trick again in Blackpool? In his side of the draw he may have to overcome Chizzy or Barney. Anderson or maybe Wade could be waiting next and then MVG or Lewis to take the title is a hypothetical but potential scenario for The Power. The bookies aren’t taking any chances, they have him at a measly 7/2.

Other than Taylor attempting to prove the value of a successful history at an event the other special feature of the Matchplay is the winning by 2 clear legs rule. This rule was tweaked slightly a few years ago and it allows for 5 extra legs to be played to determine a winner and then the 6th additional leg is sudden death!

The first round games and odds are as follows: 

2015 BetVictor World Matchplay
Saturday July 18
Evening Session (7pm – 11pm)
First Round
Simon Whitlock 10/11 v Jelle Klaasen Evens
Peter Wright 4/7 v Kim Huybrechts 11/8
Michael van Gerwen 1/12 v Benito van de Pas 7/1
Adrian Lewis 1/12 v Joe Murnan 7/1

Sunday July 19
Afternoon Session (1pm – 5pm)
First Round
Mervyn King 4/6 v Andrew Gilding 6/5
Ian White 5/4 v Stephen Bunting 8/13
Justin Pipe 4/9 v Jamie Lewis 7/4
Michael Smith 2/7 v Gerwyn Price 11/4



Evening Session (7pm – 11pm)
First Round
Brendan Dolan 10/11 v Vincent van der Voort 10/11
Terry Jenkins 4/9 v Mensur Suljovic 15/8
Gary Anderson 1/8 v Steve Beaton 5/1
James Wade ¼ v Kyle Anderson 3/1

Monday July 20
Evening Session (7pm – 11pm)
First Round
Robert Thornton 4/6 v Keegan Brown 6/5
Dave Chisnall 2/7 v Jamie Caven 11/4
Phil Taylor 1/20 v John Henderson 9/1
Raymond van Barneveld 1/5 v Andy Hamilton 7/2


Outright Odds

MVG 15/8

Taylor 10/3

Anderson 6/1

Chizzy 14/1

Lewis 14/1

Wright 25/1

Wade 25/1

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