World Matchplay Darts 2018: Draw, schedule, results, betting odds and TV coverage details

Last Updated July 18 2018, 15:05Darts
The Phil Taylor Trophy is on offer at the World Matchplay
The Phil Taylor Trophy is on offer at the World Matchplay

The full draw, schedule, results & odds from the 2018 BetVictor World Matchplay, which takes place in Blackpool from July 21-29.

The biggest darts event of the summer at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool is drawing ever closer although there will be no defending champion in the 32-player field.

Last year Phil Taylor marked his final appearance on his favourite stage with a 16th World Matchplay title, memorably beating Michael van Gerwen along the way.

This summer MVG is the hot favourite to get his hands on the renamed Phil Taylor Trophy but the likes of Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and many more will be out to stop him.

Here, you can follow the prestigious event unfold with the full draw and daily schedule, which will be updated with results and reviews as the action unfolds, while we also have details of the Sky Bet odds, prize fund and past winners.

World Matchplay Darts: Draw & Tournament Bracket

The 16 seeded players were paired with the 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

Seedings in brackets
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  • (1) Michael van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • (16) Adrian Lewis v James Wilson
  • (8) Dave Chisnall v Keegan Brown
  • (9) Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton
  • (5) Daryl Gurney v Steve West
  • (12) Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
  • (4) Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting
  • (13) Raymond van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson
  • (2) Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen
  • (15) Kim Huybrechts v John Henderson
  • (7) Simon Whitlock v Richard North
  • (10) James Wade v Jermaine Wattimena
  • (6) Mensur Suljovic v Steve Beaton
  • (11) Ian White v Max Hopp
  • (3) Rob Cross v Mervyn King
  • (14) Darren Webster v Steve Lennon

World Matchplay Darts: Daily Schedule & Results (July 21-29)

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* Each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth additional leg is sudden-death

Saturday July 21 (1900 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Adrian Lewis v James Wilson
  • Dave Chisnall v Keegan Brown
  • Michael van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton

Sunday July 22
Afternoon Session (1300 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Darren Webster v Steve Lennon
  • Ian White v Max Hopp
  • Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
  • Daryl Gurney v Steve West

Evening Session (1900 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Mensur Suljovic v Steve Beaton
  • Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting
  • Rob Cross v Mervyn King
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson

Monday July 23 (1900 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Kim Huybrechts v John Henderson
  • Simon Whitlock v Richard North
  • James Wade v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen

Tuesday July 24 (1900 BST)
Second Round (best of 21 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Chisnall/Brown v Smith/Clayton
  • Gurney/West v Price/Cullen
  • Van Gerwen/De Zwaan v Lewis/Wilson
  • G Anderson/Bunting v Van Barneveld/K Anderson

Wednesday July 25 (1900 BST)
Second Round (best of 21 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Whitlock/North v Wade/Wattimena
  • Suljovic/Beaton v White/Hopp
  • Cross/King v Webster/Lennon
  • Wright/Klaasen v Huybrechts/Henderson

Thursday July 26 (1900 BST)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • 2x QFs

Friday July 27 (1900 BST)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • 2x QFs

Saturday July 28 (1900 BST)
Semi-Finals (best of 33 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • 2x SFs

Sunday July 29 (1900 BST)
Final (best of 35 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

Sky Bet's World Matchplay Odds

Michael van Gerwen heads the World Matchplay betting at 8/11, with Rob Cross (6/1), Gary Anderson (7/1) and Peter Wright (8/1) next in the running.

Outside the 'big four' you can back Mensur Suljovic at 25/1 while Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith are both at 33/1.

Click here for all the pre-tournament Sky Bet odds

Where can I watch the World Matchplay on television?

The BetVictor World Matchplay will be broadcast on Sky Sports from July 21-29.

Can I still buy tickets for the World Matchplay?

For tickets, call the Winter Gardens Box Office on 0844 856 1111 or buy online at pdc.seetickets.com.

World Matchplay Format

First Round - Best of 19 legs
Second Round - Best of 21 legs
Quarter-Finals - Best of 31 legs
Semi-Finals - Best of 33 legs
Final - Best of 35 legs

The World Matchplay is played in a legs format. Each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth additional leg is sudden-death. For example, should a First Round game (best of 19 legs) reach 12-12, then the 25th leg would be the final and deciding leg. 

Prize Fund

Winner - £115,000
Runner-Up - £55,000
Semi-Finalists - £30,000
Quarter-Finalists - £17,500
Second Round Losers - £11,000
First Round Losers - £7,000
Total - £500,000

World Matchplay History

Since the World Matchplay was first held back in 1994, when Larry Butler beat Dennis Priestley, there has only been seven different winners of this PDC major.

Unsurprisingly the most dominant player in its 21-year history is Phil Taylor with 15 titles while Michael van Gerwen and Rod Harrington are the only other players to have lifted the trophy more than once.

The Power hit the first ever nine-dart finish to be broadcast live on UK television during the 2002 World Matchplay while he repeated the feat during the 2014 edition on his way to a seventh-straight Blackpool title. 

The previous year he'd managed an astonishing three-dart average of 111.23 during his final victory over Adrian Lewis.

Taylor's seven-year winning streak from 2008 to 2014 was ended in 2015 when Michael van Gerwen emerged triumphed with a 18-12 victory over James Wade before winning it again 12 months later.

The Dutchman was favourite to defend his crown for a third time but Taylor had other ideas as he knocked him out en route to winning an emotional 16th title before his retirement..

Past Finals

Final scores in legs

1994 - Larry Butler 16-12 Dennis Priestley
1995 - Phil Taylor 16-11 Dennis Priestley
1996 - Peter Evison 16-14 Dennis Priestley
1997 - Phil Taylor 16-11 Alan Warriner
1998 - Rod Harrington 19-17 Ronnie Baxter
1999 - Rod Harrington 19-17 Peter Manley
2000 - Phil Taylor 18-12 Alan Warriner
2001 - Phil Taylor 18-10 Richie Burnett
2002 - Phil Taylor 18-16 John Part
2003 - Phil Taylor 18-12 Wayne Mardle
2004 - Phil Taylor 18-8 Mark Dudbridge
2005 - Colin Lloyd 18-12 John Part
2006 - Phil Taylor 18-9 James Wade
2007 - James Wade 18-7 Terry Jenkins
2008 - Phil Taylor 18-11 James Wade
2009 - Phil Taylor 18-4 Terry Jenkins
2010 - Phil Taylor 18-12 Raymond van Barneveld
2011 - Phil Taylor 18-8 James Wade
2012 - Phil Taylor 18-15 James Wade
2013 - Phil Taylor 18-13 Adrian Lewis
2014 - Phil Taylor 18-9 Michael van Gerwen
2015 - Michael van Gerwen 18-12 James Wade
2016 - Michael van Gerwen 18-10 Phil Taylor
2017 - Phil Taylor 18-8 Peter Wright

World Matchplay Most Titles

Phil Taylor - 16
Michael van Gerwen - 2
Rod Harrington - 2
Larry Butler - 1
Peter Evison - 1
Colin Lloyd - 1
James Wade - 1

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