The first round at the World Matchplay concludes on Monday night so here's the full order of play, match-by-match predictions, Sky Bet odds and a fancied accumulator.
Peter Wright, James Wade and Simon Whitlock are among the eight players in action at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Monday as they bid to reach the last 16.
Below we have the full running order, Chris Hammer's match-by-match previews & predictions as well as his main suggested bets and accumulator.
Monday's darts tips
- Under 6.5 180s in Huybrechts v Henderson at 11/5
- Whitlock (-3.5 legs) to beat North at 6/5
- Wade to win, score over 3.5 180s & have a checkout of over 98.5 at 13/8
Monday's darts acca
- Huybrechts, Whitlock, Wade & Wright all to win at 11/8 (Click to back with Sky Bet)
World Matchplay: Monday July 23
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- TV Coverage: Sky Sports (7pm BST)
- First Round: Best of 19 legs
2018 meetings: 0-1
Kim Huybrechts has never won in Blackpool believe it or not. In six previous visits he’s lost in the first round.
Surely that run will end tonight. It’s got to end, he’s too good a player not know what it’s like to win a game at this venue. But I’ve probably said that the last two years.
John Henderson is the most steady of operators and will make like tough for Huybrechts purely by keeping it close.
I think it will be scrappy and I like the look of under 6.5 180s at 11/5
2018 meetings: 0-0
Simon Whitlock earned a surprise recall to the Premier League and although he did himself justice, I think there’ll be plenty of punters who think he could be victim of a shock here.
But North is not experienced on these big stages and is making his World Matchplay debut.
At last year’s World Grand Prix Whitlock thrashed him 3-0 in sets so I think we’ll see a comfortable win for the Wizard.
I’m backing Whitlock at -3.5 legs on the handicap, which is 6/5.
2018 meetings: 0-0
James Wade is a man coming back to top form and was a great bet at 33/1 pre-tournament to lift the trophy for the second time considering he’s in the softer half of the draw. Although those odds are much shorter now that MVG is out.
He’s licked is wounds after being dropped from the Premier League and recently he’s been scoring high three-figure averages to compliment his timing.
The only thing that could affect him tonight is if Wattimena’s rapid fire throwing upsets his rhythmed but he’s too experienced for that.
I’m going to back the Machine to win, score over 3.5 180s and have a checkout of over 98.5 at 13/8.
2018 meetings: 1-0
I don’t think Peter Wright is going to get beyond the quarter-finals – he’s just not showing the same kind of form we saw last year when he became the fourth player in history to win 10 tournaments in a calendar year.
He didn’t reach the Premier League play-offs and still hasn’t won a title this year.
That said he’ll do enough to get past Jelle Klaasen, who hasn’t produced much to shout about on the big stages for a long time now.
Wright has also won their last 11 meetings.