The World Matchplay moves onto round two this evening with four more scintillating tungsten tussles at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Gary Anderson’s clash with Raymond van Barneveld is the highlight of the night, but the Ladbrokes News Team have you covered for every game with our best bets and tips…
Dave Chisnall v Michael Smith (7:15pm)
It took a while for Dave Chisnall to get going in his first round match against Keegan Brown. He won’t get that same luxury against the in-form Michael Smith.
Bully Boy posted the third-highest average during the first round of matches and is sure to improve off the back of his recent tournament win in the Shanghai Masters.
The St Helens man can get the better of Chizzy, who has failed to win more than one match in each of his last seven straight knockout tournament appearances.
Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen (8:15pm)
Cats may have nine lives but Daryl Gurney has eleven. That’s how many match darts the Northern-Irishman survived to eventually beat Steve West in the first round.
SuperChin won’t be as charitable against Joe Cullen, who had the whole package in his success over Gerwyn Price.
The Rockstar has form for putting in rock n’ roll performances before falling flat straight away in the next round. Case in point, his 4-0 defeat to Adrian Lewis in the 2016 World Championships.
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Adrian Lewis (9:15pm)
Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan provided the shock of the first round by beating 1/25 shot Michael van Gerwen with a dominant doubling performance.
He’ll need to be on his game again tonight to upend a record of one win in eight against Adrian Lewis. Jackpot wasn’t at his best against James Wilson. But the Stoke native got the job done.
Neither player was particularly proficient hitting the lipstick in the first round, sharing just three 180s between them. It’s 4/6 for there not to be a First Leg 180 tonight. Under 10.5 180s is the same price.
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld (10:15pm)
Given the size of this heavyweight encounter, the only surprise is that Eddie Hearn hasn’t been booked as the promoter.
Both players looked assured in their first round victories, although it was Anderson who was given the tougher test against Stephen Bunting.
That performance will hold Ando in good stead. So too will his record of five wins in his last six matches against Barney over the extended format.
The Scotsman looks better equipped to win through in terms of fitness and consistency, although RVB’s record of having failed to make the third round since 2011 could help too.
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