Free tips Darts Betting Preview: 2019 World Matchplay Darts Betting Tips & Predictions (Winter Gardens, Blackpool)
Finding the early value in the World Matchplay Darts
The 2019 World Matchplay, the 26th staging of this massively important darts tournament, will get underway on Saturday July 20th at Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens. Read on for our expert advice and 2019 World Matchplay Darts betting tips…
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World Matchplay Darts 2019 Betting Odds & Preview
This year the competition has a new sponsor with Betfred taking over and it also has a bigger prize-pool: the outright winner will net £150,000 of a total £700,000 pot.
Action gets underway on Saturday night with four matches. Thereafter there will be four first round matches every afternoon and four more in an evening session. Unlike many sports, where the defending champion plays in the opening match, the reigning champ, Gary Anderson, does not kick off proceedings here. That honour goes to Nathan Aspinall and Mervyn King.
Take the Asp for starters
Nathan Aspinall has never qualified for this competition before but courtesy of some stonking 2019 results he finds himself in the draw as a top-16 seeded player. A semi-finalist in the 2019 World Championship, the 27 year-old went on to take the Ladbrokes UK Open in March. It was a brilliant victory capped by a stunning 170 finish.
That was four months ago now but far away from the domestic TV cameras he has continued his winning ways with deep runs in behind-closed-doors players championships and outright victory in the US Darts Championship at the start of this month.
Unquestionably the sports man of the moment, his ability and confidence should see him crush Mervyn King so instead of the win or handicap markets we are headed to correct score section where you can back ‘The Asp’ at 6/1 for a 10-6 victory and William Hill for offer 7/1 about a 10-5 winning verdict.
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Wade into James
Our second pick from the 16 first round matches comes on Sunday night when the No. 8 seed James Wade plays Jeffrey de Zwaan. The former needs no introduction, the later gained plaudits with his first round dismissal of Michael van Gerwen in this competition 12 months ago and subsequent victories over Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall before semi-final defeat to eventual winner Gary Anderson.
But that was 12 months ago now and the 23-year-old Dutch player has not come close to replicating that form. In fact, he’s been beaten aplenty in qualifiers and on the PDC’s Development Tour.
When the current form is weighed up (they have played together four times in the past 18 months and James Wade has never lost), this looks an easy assignment for Wade who is a former winner and six time finalist in this competition. At Paddy Power’s industry top-price of 8/13 he looks the banker World Matchplay darts bet for your first round accas.
Go low on outright each-way play
SpreadEx are amongst the firms going 22/1 about the in-form James Wade but as he can potentially meet Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final, we are forced to ignore him in that market and head south (to the bottom of the draw) for our each-way ante-post outright play.
Daryl Gurney looks the most attractive proposition in the outright betting. Betway are 25/1 about the Northern Irish player with each-way terms of 1/3rd the odds positions 1-2.
His path to the final looks kind. Qualified Ricky Evans – one of the fastest darts players you will ever see – is his first round opponent. No. 14 seed Jonny Clayton should follow. But he is on a terrible run. Should Gurney proceed to round 3 either Simon Whitlock or Peter Wright may be waiting. That’s two opponents that are regressive and he has beaten aplenty.
Naturally things will be tougher in the semi-final where No. 2 seed Rob Cross could pop up. But the 25/1 will seem like a gift at that stage and the Betfair Exchange will be a familiar place to loosen some liability or cash out some winnings.
2019 World Matchplay Darts Betting Tips:
– Daryl Gurney (each way) to win the competition at 25/1 with bet365*
– Nathan Aspinal to beat Mervyn King in Round 1 by a 10-6 or 10-5 score-line (7/1 & with 8/1 BetFred respectively)
– James Wade to beat Jeffrey de Zwaan at 8/13 (1.61)
* All World Matchplay Darts 2019 betting odds quoted were correct at the time of writing.