World Matchplay Darts Betting Preview: Baby Factor Could Halt MVG Bandwagon

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World Matchplay Darts Betting Tips 

2017 will mark Bet Victor’s fifth year of sponsorship of the Darts World Matchplay. Read on for our darts betting tips for this big event in Blackpool.

This year the online bookmaker has boosted the prize-money to an all-time high of £500,000 with the winner pocketing £115,000.

World Matchplay Darts Betting Tips:

  • Gary Anderson to win the World Matchplay Darts at 5/1 with Boylesports

  • 1st Round – Darren Webster to beat James Wade (8pm Saturday) at 11/5 with 888Sport

But who will be holding the winner’s cheque aloft on Sunday 30th July?

Phil Taylor won this event a remarkable 13 times between 2000 and 2014 but there is a new sheriff in town and the 2015 and 2016 champion, Michael van Gerwen, tops the betting lists as the 4/5 favourite amongst the 32-player field.

The disposed champion, Phil Taylor (beaten 18-10 in last year’s final), can be backed at a remarkable 25/1 with Betfred.

If Taylor was not scheduled to meet van Gerwen in the third round that price would be an enormous each-way shout. But it is Peter Wright and Gary Anderson that are in the opposite end of the draw and therefore cannot meet the defending champion until the final.

Michael Van Gerwen has been in sparkling form in 2017, in recent months he’s won the Shanghai Darts Masters, World Cup of Darts (alongside teammate Raymond van Barneveld) and the US Darts Masters.

He did prove he is human in some part by finishing runner-up in May’s Dubai’s Darts Masters defeated 11-7 by Gary Anderson in the final.

So he is beatable and, remarkably, seemingly more susceptible in longer format games. He may have claimed the 2017 Premier League final but it was more of a case of Peter Wright losing it.

Don’t go Dutch

But our reason for opposing the Dutch player in this tournament is more to do with his mind being on different things, namely his wife being heavily pregnant with his first child.

Hormonal wives and girlfriends have been the downfall of many a fine sportsman and with him only recently returned home from 10 days in Las Vegas (where he played both darts and poker) there’s no saying how fried Mrs van Gerwen has his head.

It would be easy to opt for Peter Wright, who has been on a gradual upward curve for a number of years but that Premier League Darts final meltdown may have taken its toll and he’s beaten in way too may finals to be trusted.

So the sensible alternative has to be Gary Anderson who has a recent verdict over MVG and thrives in ‘long-game’ competitions. A best of 19-leg format in the opening round becomes best of 21, 31, 33 and 35 as the competition progresses.

First Round Value Bet?

Among the opening round matches Darren Webster looks a knockout price at 2/1 with bet365, to beat James Wade. Wade posted a paltry 86.7 3-dart average when beaten in the first round of the US Masters last week. He was beaten by a little-known Canadian breeze-in, Dawson Murschell.

When James Wade is bad he’s very bad and if that result is any kind of form indicator, I suspect I may be able to beat him this week. A first round casualty in this competition last year (beaten 10-5 by Mervin King), Wade is well worth opposing.

Compare betting odds on the World Matchplay Darts here



Our Recommended Darts Betting Tips:

  • Gary Anderson to win World Matchplay Darts outright 5/1- Boylesports

  • Darren Webster to beat James Wade (1st Round, 8pm Sat) 11/5 – 888Sport

  1. Site Editor said on July 20, 2017 6:34 pm:

    Well there’s our darts tips for all to see. What are your best bets for this year’s World Matchplay Darts in (hopefully) sunny Blackpool! Comment with your fancies below. Prizes for the best darts tips!