Free tips Darts Betting Preview: 2020 World Matchplay Darts Tips & Predictions (Starts 18th July)
The World Matchplay starts this weekend at a new home
The 2020 Betfred World Matchplay, the 27th annual staging of the competition gets underway on Saturday. But, in a change from tradition and for the first time it will not be held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens instead, due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be played out behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. All our 2020 World Matchplay Darts tips are below.
Rob Cross is the defending champion, having won his first World Matchplay title with an 18–13 victory over Michael Smith 12 months ago. Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor took the title in 2018 and 2017 with Michael van Gerwen claiming the title 2015 and 2016.
WORLD MATCHPLAY DRAW!
The draw in full for the 2020 @Betfred World Matchplay, which will take place in Milton Keynes from July 18-26.
Ties displayed in draw bracket order. pic.twitter.com/pB40ZUldkV
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) July 12, 2020
Format and Qualification
This is a 32 player competition featuring the top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit who are all ‘seeded’ and each will meet one of the top 16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit. With a £700,000 prize-pool this is a valuable contest with first round eliminations collecting £10,000 and the outright winner netting £150,000.
Those first round matches are a ‘best of 19 leg’ format, second round games are ‘best of 21’, quarter finals are ‘best of 31 legs’, semis are ‘best of 33 legs’ and the final is ‘best of 35’ legs. All games have to be won by two clear legs with a game being extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a first to 10 legs first round match (best of 19) if the score reaches 12-12 then the 25th leg will be the decider.
Recent Form, Facts and Figures
As with all darting majors, and this is one of the sport’s biggest events, it is impossible to predict a little known winner and the 2020 title will surely fall to one of those seeded players high up the PDC Order of Merit.
Heading the betting is the default favourite, Michael van Gerwen (MVG). But while his record in this event is enviable, it is not exceptional and he will not have his traditional advantage of playing in a pressure-cooker live audience, the place where many of his rivals often flounder.
But at least we have plenty of recent form to go on with the PDC Summer Series recently concluding. It consisted of five tournaments (also held in Milton Keynes) and ran from July 8-12. MVG won two of these, Peter Wright, James Wade and Ryan Joyce won the others.
But it was Gerwyn Price who topped the standings for the highest averages. He hit an average of 115.62 during a 6-0 win over Steve Lennon and also registered averages of 113.14 and 109.48 during the five days in Milton Keynes.
The second highest average on the list was a losing average with Devon Petersen hitting a 113.47 which was not enough to defeat Price in a semi-final match. Despite not winning or even making a final Krzysztof Ratajski and Glen Durrant had great weeks showing the best overall consistency with deep runs in all contests.
And the winner is …
On a career high in the Order of Merit Krzysztof Ratajski could give you a great each-way World Matchplay 2020 bet for your money. The winner of the World Masters on the BDO circuit in 2017, the Polish player made the third round of the 2020 PDC World Championships and fourth round of the UK Championship. Winner of the PDC Gibraltar Darts Trophy in 2019 and a Wigan Players Championship in February he looks a major winner waiting to happen.
But Peter Wright is the headline bet. Winning in Milton Keynes during the past week, we should not forget he is the reigning PDC World Champion and the impressive manor of his victory there. Situated in the bottom bracket of the draw, away from MVG, his form figures in this contest read: SF, QF, SF, F, QF and 2020 could well see a W added to that.
First Round World Matchplay Darts Bets
Jeffrey de Zwaan enjoyed one of his finest moments in this competition (eliminating MVG) and he should be capable of pushing Glen Durrant close enough to justify his odd of 3/4 in the handicap market where he has a +2.5 leg start. They play on Sunday.
Conversely, on Monday, Gerwyn Price is expected to thump Danny Noppert and overcome a -3.5 leg deficit in the handicap market. The Welshman is seeded No. 3 and playing well while Noppert, who has not played in public since March, has yet to make a breakthrough on the PDC circuit and rarely puts up a strong performance against a ‘name player’.
Recommended World Matchplay 2020 Bets:
First Round Bets:
- Jeffrey de Zwaan (+2.5 legs on the handicap) to beat Glen Durrant at 3/4 (1.75) Betfair
- Gerwyn Price (-3.5 legs on the handicap) to beat Danny Noppert at 11/10 (2.10) Betway
* 2020 World Matchplay Darts odds correct at the time of writing