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

It's the third day of the World Matchplay in Blackpool
It's the third day of the World Matchplay in Blackpool

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

The first round concludes at the Winter Gardens on Monday night, with the likes of Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney and Simon Whitlock in action.

Here, I'll run through this evening's four games and throw in some predictions and best bets.

World Matchplay: Monday July 22

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  • TV Coverage: Sky Sports (1900 BST)
  • First Round: Best of 19 legs

Jonny Clayton (8/11) v Keegan Brown (11/10)

Head-to-head: N/A
2019 Meetings: N/A
PDC Titles in 2019: 1-0
Career PDC Titles: 3-2

I'm not sure if Arya Stark's weapon of choice killed any Ferrets during Game of Thrones, but the Needle can certainly end Jonny Clayton's hopes of surviving Winter-fell Gardens tonight.

Awful, I know.

Poor jokes aside, I really am expecting Keegan Brown to become the latest player to send a seed packing in the opening round as he looks to maintain his morale-boosting form.

His impressive little run at the World Championship, which was ended by James Wade in a thrilling last 32 clash, may have restored his belief having reached three semi-finals in 2019, with two of those coming on the European Tour.

Most recently at the Czech Open he edged out MVG in a deciding leg before eventually bowing out to Stephen Bunting.

Clayton might be higher ranked but he hasn't had too much to shout about in stage conditions since winning his maiden European Tour title at the 2018 Austrian Darts Open.

Brown to win the match, score over 3.5 180s and have a checkout over 87.5 at 9/4 is my pick for this one.

Prediction: 7-10

Simon Whitlock (8/11) v John Henderson (11/10)

Head-to-head: 3-4
2019 Meetings: 0-0
PDC Titles in 2019: 0-0
Career PDC Titles: 17-0

Isn't it great to see John Henderson back on TV since this...

Big John provided one of the moments of the whole darting season - let alone the Premier League - when holding Michael van Gerwen to a memorable draw in Aberdeen and while he won't get quite that same reception in Blackpool, the crowd will be on his side again.

Henderson's title-less season has been in keeping with his career to date - lots of steady performances and reaching enough latter stages of tournaments to maintain a decently high ranking.

On his day he can beat anyone - as MVG found out at the 2017 World Grand Prix - so I think it's worth siding with him to spring what would be a very minor upset against Simon Whitlock.

Prediction: 7-10

Daryl Gurney (4/9) v Ricky Evans (7/4)

Head-to-head: 3-4
2019 Meetings: 1-1
PDC Titles in 2019: 1-0
Career PDC Titles: 4-0

Daryl Gurney is my third outright tip to win this event so hopefully he'll join Michael Smith and Ian White in avoiding a first-round exit - but it won't be easy.

The Northern Irishman is a bit out of form on the circuit but that's warped by that freakish 8-0 thrashing he suffered at the hands of James Wade in the German Darts Masters when he only managed one dart at a double and averaged 74. Surely we just strike a line through that?

Apart from that he's won a maiden European Tour title during an impressive 2019 which also saw him reach the Premier League play-offs for the first time, while we know he's capable on the biggest stages having won both the World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals over the past two seasons.

His opponent tonight, Ricky Evans, is quite the entertainer but has recently been managing to back up his humour on and off the oche with decent runs in tournaments.

Since September, the rapid-throwing Evans has reached three finals and the fact two of those came on the European Tour shows he's now beginning to produce his best in front of the crowds.

Over 9.5 180s at 5/4 should be quite a safe bet for this one.

Prediction: 10-7

Peter Wright (1/4) v Vincent van der Voort (3/1)

Head-to-head: 7-5
2019 Meetings: 1-1
PDC Titles in 2019: 3-0
Career PDC Titles: 25-5

As I wrote in my player-by-player guide, there's been a few false dawns in Peter Wright's quest to get back to the consistent levels of brilliance he showed in 2017.

Is this purple patch he currently finds himself in just another, or is this the start of something special?

Having helped Gary Anderson lift the World Cup of Darts for Scotland last month, he landed his first title of the season at the German Darts Masters - as tipped by yours truly I might add - before winning back-to-back Players Championship titles last week!

Not taking anything away from those three in a row, but having the consistency over a much longer format high-quality major such as this is a different game, although the draw has also been relatively kind to him.

He should get past Vincent van der Voort tonight with relative ease, with the Dutchman being nothing more than impressively steady this season.

Peter Wright to win the match, score over 3.5 180s and checkout over 100.5 at 5/4 is a way to side with Snakebite in this one.

Prediction: 10-6

Monday's darts acca

Schedule for Tuesday July 22

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

  • Michael Smith v Max Hopp
  • James Wade v Mensur Suljovic
  • Gary Anderson v Mervyn King
  • Michael Van Gerwen v Glen Durrant

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