World Matchplay Darts 2019: Draw, schedule, results, betting odds and TV coverage details

Gary Anderson: The defending World Matchplay champion
Gary Anderson: The defending World Matchplay champion

The full line-up, draw, schedule, results and odds from the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay, which takes place in Blackpool from July 20-28.

The biggest darts event of the summer at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool is almost upon us, with Gary Anderson bidding to defend the title he so memorably won 12 months ago to complete the Triple Crown of Darts - but Michael van Gerwen starts as favourite to emerge triumphant from the 32-man field.

Here, you can follow the prestigious event unfold with the full draw, schedule which will be updated with results and daily reviews while there'll also details of the prize money, ticket information, how to watch on television, the latest odds and past winners.

World Matchplay Darts: Draw & Tournament Bracket

The 16 seeded players will be paired with the 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit when the draw takes place in the week commencing July 9.

  • (1) Michael van Gerwen v Steve Beaton
  • (16) Adrian Lewis v Glen Durrant
  • (8) James Wade v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • (9) Mensur Suljovic v Jermaine Wattimena
  • (5) Michael Smith v Jamie Hughes
  • (12) Dave Chisnall v Max Hopp
  • (4) Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert
  • (13) Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King
  • (2) Rob Cross v Chris Dobey
  • (15) Darren Webster v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • (7) Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
  • (10) Ian White v Joe Cullen
  • (6) Peter Wright v Vincent van der Voort
  • (11) Simon Whitlock v John Henderson
  • (3) Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
  • (14) Jonny Clayton v Keegan Brown

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Gary Anderson, who overcame Mensur Suljovic in an epic final to claim glory in 2018, will start his bid to retain the Phil Taylor Trophy will start against Dutchman Danny Noppert.

Two-time champion Van Gerwen will be hoping to end his three-year wait for a third Blackpool title, and the world number one will take on Steve Beaton in a repeat of their memorable 2012 Winter Gardens clash which saw Van Gerwen hit a nine-dart finish.

Wade, who lifted the trophy is 2007, is the only other previous winner in the field and he will play rising Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan, who returns to the scene of his incredible big-stage breakthrough of 12 months ago which saw him reach the semi-finals.

Glen Durrant will be one of the seven players taking to the famous Winter Gardens stage for the first time, and he will take on 2013 runner-up Adrian Lewis.

Like Durrant, Jamie Hughes will also be making his World Matchplay debut after just over six months on the PDC tour, and he will play Michael Smith, who will be looking to make it past the last 16 stage for the first time.

World Matchplay Darts: Daily Schedule & Results

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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

Games will appear below when PDC announce the schedule.

Saturday July 20 (1900 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King
  • Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
  • Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert
  • Rob Cross v Chris Dobey

Sunday July 21
Afternoon Session (1300 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Darren Webster v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Dave Chisnall v Max Hopp
  • Ian White v Joe Cullen
  • Michael Smith v Jamie Hughes

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

  • James Wade v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Mensur Suljovic v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Michael van Gerwen v Steve Beaton
  • Adrian Lewis v Glen Durrant

Monday July 22 (1900 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Jonny Clayton v Keegan Brown
  • Simon Whitlock v John Henderson
  • Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
  • Peter Wright v Vincent van der Voort

Tuesday July 23 (1900 BST)
Second Round (best of 21 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Smith/Hughes v Chisnall/Hopp
  • Wade/De Zwaan v Suljovic/Wattimena
  • Anderson/Noppert v Aspinall/King
  • Van Gerwen/Beaton v Lewis/Durrant

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

  • Gurney/Evans v Clayton/Brown
  • Price/Bunting v White/Cullen
  • Cross/Dobey v Webster/Ratajski
  • Wright/Van der Voort v Whitlock/Henderson

Thursday July 25 (1900 BST)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Two matches

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

  • Two matches

Saturday July 27 (1900 BST)
Semi-Finals (best of 33 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2
  • Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4

Sunday July 28 (1900 BST)
Final (best of 35 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

Sky Bet's World Matchplay Pre-Tournament Odds

Michael van Gerwen will head the World Matchplay betting, with Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Michael Smith and Peter Wright also among the favourites.

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 20-28.

Can I still buy tickets for the World Matchplay?

Tickets are available through the Winter Gardens Box Office via Ticketmaster at this link.

Alternatively, tickets are available via SeeTickets at this link or by calling 0844 871 8807.

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 - £150,000
  • Runner-Up - £70,000
  • Semi-Finalists - £50,000
  • Quarter-Finalists - £25,000
  • Second Round Losers - £15,000
  • First Round Losers - £10,000
  • Total - £700,000

World Matchplay History

Since the World Matchplay was first held back in 1994, when Larry Butler beat Dennis Priestley, there has only been eight 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.

The final of 2018 ended up being one of the most dramatic in the tournament's history, with Gary Anderson clinching the title for the first time thanks to a 21-18 victory over Mensur Suljovic.

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
  • 2018 - Gary Anderson 21-19 Mensur Suljovic

World Matchplay Most Titles

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

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