Rag2gar previews the 4 matches on Saturday in the World Matchplay Darts and his advised bet is Michael Van Gerwen on the handicap in his first round match.
Simon Whitlock v Jelle Klaasen
The opening match of this year's World Matchplay sees in form Dutchman Jelle Klaasen take on the out of form Australian Simon Whitlock in what should be a cracking match. It's evens your choice in the betting and I think it's priced correctly. Klaasen's been playing well lately but Whitlock is a strong darts player. I want to bet Klaasen but the price is restricting me so I'm having no bet here and the 1/1 available with Skybet does not look like lasting on him either.
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts
Second match up should be another belter, but again I think it's priced correctly. Wright has been in good form these past few months; most notably getting within a leg of lifting the Japan Masters a few weeks back.
On the other hand Huybrechts is a player I have always respected and is capable of brilliant darts so at the odds available I can't make a strong case for either player.
Van Gerwen v Van De Pas
The only question mark over this match is how many legs Michael Van Gerwen will win by and I think a lot. Mighty Mike is the best player in darts at the moment whilst Van De Pas is currently languishing in the PDC Development tour.
MVG takes no prisoners and will crack away leg on leg in this one without relent. I like him -5.5 here.
2 points win Michael Van Gerwen to beat B. Van De Pas -5.5 legs at 1/1 with with William Hill & Betway
Adrian Lewis v Joe Murnan
My pre-tournament selection Adrian Lewis takes on Joe Murnan in what should be a routine victory. Murnan has done well to qualify for the Winter Gardens and to be fair to him he has done OK in the floor tournaments too, but taking on a darts superstar on the big stage in Blackpool should prove to be a task too far for the man nicknamed Shaggy.