Rag2gar previews Sunday' s first round matches in the World Matchplay Darts with a number of bets advised including Ian White, Mervyn King, Justin Pipe and James Wade.
Mervyn King v Andrew Gilding
I'm not really sure why Mervyn King is only a marginal favourite in this one. I'm aware that King hasn't done much lately but it's not like Gilding has been setting the world alight either.
Big stage experience counts for a lot in these contests and I think King's a solid bet here.
2 pts win M. King to beat A. Gilding at 4/5 with Ladbrokes
Ian White v Stephen Bunting
Ian White is the most underrated player in darts right now and this looks like a fabulous opportunity to take full advantage of that here. Now up to number 10 in the world, White is playing the best darts of his life and I like him to turn over the popular Stephen Bunting.
Bunting has failed to build on his excellent debut year and looks ripe for the taking here.
2 pts win I. White to beat S. Bunting at 11/8 with Ladbrokes
Justin Pipe v Jamie Lewis
I'd be very surprised if Justin Pipe doesn't win this one.
Jamie Lewis hasn't got the form to suggest he can overcome the odds here and I certainly don't fancy him to do so. Pipe is a solid performer who is used to the big stage and should take advantage of such a favourable tie and book his place in the second round without much sweat.
2 points win J. Pipe to beat J. Lewis at 8/15 with William Hill
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Michael Smith seems to be a player who does a lot of talking off the oche without doing a whole lot on it. Highly regarded within darts I'm personally yet to see what all the hype is about. Maybe he will blow away Gerwyn Price, the odds certainly suggest he will, but I think Price will make a game of this one and I like him on the handicaps.
1 pt win G. Price to beat M. Smith +3.5 legs at 8/11 with William Hill
Brendan Dolan v Vincent Van Der Voort
Brendan Dolan is the marginal favourite and that's exactly how I see it as well. I'd find it difficult to see any bet that I like in this match so I'm just going to avoid it.
I think Dolan might just edge it but at the odds available I won't be having a bet.
Terry Jenkins v Mensur Suljovic
I think Terry Jenkins could be in for a tough game here. Jenkins is a strong favourite to win yet his form has been quite patchy this year. Mensur Suljovic is a tough opponent and I must admit the 15/8 offered by BetVictor is tempting. I do think it's a little shorter than what I'd like so I'm going to leave this match alone.
Gary Anderson v Steve Beaton
Gary Anderson is as short as 1/18 to get the win here and I certainly can't see Beaton finding the performance needed to cause an upset. That price does strike me as sort of ridiculous though as not so long ago Anderson was frequently turned over in the first round by lesser players than Beaton. However those days are almost definitely gone now and this game is best watched.
James Wade v Kyle Anderson
Only one winner here and that's James Wade. Coming into a little bit of form lately, Wade could be set for a run at this year's title. I think he'll have far too much class for Anderson and I expect the machine to book his place in the second round with some authority. Wade has always performed well on the Winter Gardens' stage and expect him to do the same here.
1 pt win J. Wade to best K. Anderson -3.5 legs (11/10 Bet365)