Latest World Matchplay Headline Treble boosts the big players

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Last night’s action drew a close to the first round of the World Matchplay. But there’s no rest for darts’ best as the remaining 16 players will go again over the next few days, starting with Dave Chisnall and Robert Thornton this evening.

A Chizzy win would see the first leg of our Headline Treble come in, with the St Helens arrowsmith, Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen all to progress to the quarter-finals priced up at  6/5.

Given that this is unfamiliar territory for Thornton – having never reached the second round of the World Matchplay in seven previous efforts – it’s hard to envisage anything but a comfortable Chizzy win.

He’s beaten the Thorn in five of their last seven meetings including a 7-0 whitewash earlier on this year in the Premier League.

While 2/5 on a Chizzy win may seem too short to back, he’s 4/5 to win with a -2.5 handicap, which offers more value.

Elsewhere, it’ll be alright on the night for Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright against Ian ‘Diamond’ White as the world number five looks to improve on last year’s semi-final exit in this event.

These two love a good scrap with each other and you can expect White to be right in this one until the final dart, although Snakebite should have enough in his locker to see off his opponent in the latter stages of the game.

But following White’s demolition job over Daryl Gurney in the first round, he’s going to be no pushover, making 10/11 on over 18.5 legs in this one a tempting bet.

The final leg of our treble concerns Mighty Michael van Gerwen, who is yet to drop a leg at this year’s Matchplay.

Don’t expect that run to continue tonight, though, as he’s up against Kyle Anderson and the Australian knows how to beat MVG.

Tonight could be a late one as this pair finish off proceedings, and evens for over 16.5 legs looks like great value.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.