World Matchplay darts: Day seven predictions, odds, betting tips, accas, order of play & TV times

Who will reach the World Matchplay semi-finals
Who will reach the World Matchplay semi-finals

Our guide for Friday's action at the World Matchplay includes the order of play, match-by-match predictions, Sky Bet odds and a suggested double.

There's two more semi-final spots up for grabs at the Winter Gardens tonight, with tournament favourite Rob Cross up against Stephen Bunting before the in-form Peter Wright battles it out with Daryl Gurney.

Here, I'll run through both games and throw in some predictions, best bets as usual.

World Matchplay: Friday July 26

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  • TV Coverage: Sky Sports (1900 BST)
  • Quarter-Finals: Best of 31 legs

Rob Cross (1/5) v Stephen Bunting (7/2)

Head-to-head: 2-0
2019 Meetings: 0-0
PDC Titles this season: 0-0
Career PDC Titles: 7-2

Rob Cross has stormed into his first World Matchplay quarter-final this week having replicated the kind of form we've seen for much of this season - but can he back it all up and lift his second major title?

Obviously was made of Voltage's struggles in 2018 after winning the World Championship in sensational fashion but this year, performance-wise, he's certainly shown another big one is surely just a matter of time away.

Although he's still not won a title of any kind since last August, he's gone deep in many tournaments, reaching three finals including the UK Open and three semi-finals so it's not as if he's failing to get even close.

His finishing in Blackpool this week has been awesome, pinning 58% of his double attempts over two games including 11 from 19 in an 11-5 crushing of Krzysztof Ratajski, while only Peter Wright has averaged higher cumulatively.

Voltage really should have too much for Stephen Bunting, who was gifted victory by Ian White in the last round after Diamond blew an 9-4 lead and missed five match darts before crumbling in the tie-break.

That's not to take anything away from the Bullet because he did have to hang in there, hold his nerve and show tremendous fighting spirit on both occasions but I just don't think Cross will give him the same kind of a sniff.

I'm heading to the Player Perfomance market for this one where Rob Cross is 11/10 to win , score over 6.5 180s and have a checkout over 116.5.

Prediction: 16-9

Best Bet: Rob Cross to win the match, score over 6.5 180s and checkout over 116.5

Peter Wright (2/5) v Daryl Gurney (2/1)

Head-to-head: 15-8 (3 draws)
2019 Meetings: 2-1 (1 draw)
PDC Titles this season: 3-1
Career PDC Titles: 5-4

I must admit I've been half expecting the Peter Wright we've become familiar with for much of the season to suddenly turn up both times he steps up on the oche, even in victory.

But not only is he maintaining their ridiculous hot streak, it seems as if he's getting stronger and more consistent as his confidence soars towards his levels of 2017.

The World Cup of Darts success with Gary Anderson must have given him a real thirst for the individual success and in the past couple of weeks he's won those three titles in a row (German Darts Masters and two Players Championship events) and now taken his tally to 20 successive match victories.

In 11 of those he's averaged over 100 including the last two games, with his mark of 103.01 in Wednesday's 11-2 demolition job of Simon Whitlock being higher than anyone still left in the tournament.

It would be great to see Snakebite lifting the second major televised tournament of his career but obviously I've not deserted my 25/1 each-way selection Daryl Gurney.

The Northern Irishman has been scoring well enough to go far in his bid for a third major title, firing in 17 180s across his two games which is still more than anyone else - even those who have played three times.

However his finishing has been pretty poor to say the least, missing 19 doubles in a too-close-for-comfort 10-7 win over Ricky Evans before spurning 25 of them against Keegan Brown, who was wasteful himself.

Gurney must improve on this area of the game or he'll lose to a man who's hit almost 50% of his so far.

That said, the 2017 World Grand Prix and 2018 Players Championship Finals clearly has the mental strength for these tense occasions and this could really be a war of attrition that goes the distance.

It is very hard to pick a winner so I do like the strategy of backing either side to win via tie-break which you can do in Sky Bet's 'correct scoreline' market by selecting 'any other scoreline for Wright' and the same for Gurney.

Also I'm going to take Gurney to win with the most 180s at 7/2 as well, which also goes into the double.

Prediction: 17-15

Best Bets: Wright to win in a tie break at 10/1 and Gurney to win in a tie break at 12/1

Best Bets: Gurney to win and hit most 180s at 7/2

Friday's darts double

Schedule for Saturday July 27

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

  • Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2
  • Glen Durrant v Michael Smith
  • Order TBC

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