The second biggest event on the PDC Darts calendar is upon us as the World Matchplay returns to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from Saturday
Michael van Gerwen continues to reign supreme in the sport, and our darts betting expert has had a look through and given his best bets as to who will come out on top after eight days of darts action at the seaside venue.
MVG the obvious favourite
Needless to say, Michael van Gerwen is the 8/11 favourite and it is easy to see why.
The world number one has contested three of the last four finals in Blackpool, winning two of them.
The only man to beat him in the last four years at the Matchplay is Phil Taylor and ‘The Power’ no longer stands in his way following his retirement from the sport.
As with every tournament the Dutchman competes in he’s very much the one to beat and has to be greatly respected.
Leg-format points to consistent types
To win the Matchplay you must be consistent as this is a relentless format – that’s because it’s solely leg play, rather than sets which you see at every other major PDC tournament.
You’ve got to be on your metal throughout the whole match, as a couple of slack legs here and there can go a long way in deciding the outcome of a match.
Suljovic suited to rigours of Matchplay format
The world number six is Mr. Consistent and I feel he’ll wear a lot of opponents down with how relentless he is around the treble 20 bed.
He’s a very consistent scorer and always displays the signs of a very level headed character – a key attribute in a format like this.
He’s the current Champions League Of Darts champion and a World Series event winner, which are both leg-format events and with that in mind he looks great value as he hunts down his biggest title to date.