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Darts Stars Head to Blackpool

Darts Stars Head to Blackpool
Thursday,July 20,2017

Top level darts is back, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the World Matchplay in Blackpool.


32 of the world’s best players will do battle in one of the biggest parties this summer, a week long tournament that promises to live up to its status as a premier PDC event.



It’s been a couple of months since the last major, where Michael van Gerwen produced a stunning comeback from 7-2 down, to defeat Peter Wright and retain his Premier League crown.


We ran big guaranteed weekly pools for the duration of the Premier League, and our Classic Coupons make a return!


Along with our tournament Classic, where you must answer 10 questions on how you see the Matchplay panning out, we’ve got round by round Coupons to play, starting with round one on Saturday evening. Here’s a look at how the favourites stack up and how your selections might look in our pools:


Unsurprisingly, Van Gerwen is overwhelming favourite to lift his third consecutive Matchplay crown, with some bookies making him as short as 4/6 to continue his utter dominance of the darting world.



16-time world champion and 15-time winner in Blackpool, Phil Taylor was swept aside 18-10 in last year’s final, as MVG secured one of his eight major titles in 2016. He’s continued that dominance this year by winning the World Championship, the Masters and the Premier League, while only injury stopped him from retaining his UK Open crown.


After that tense Premier League final win, MVG has gone on to lift the World Cup with Dutch teammate Raymond van Barneveld, and comes into the Matchplay on the back of recent wins at the Shanghai and then US Darts Masters.


Despite a couple of recent losses in a few of the minor events it really is hard to see who can stop Mighty Mike this time around. But if anyone can, it might be Peter Wright, although the Scotsman probably still hasn’t gotten over the fact he somehow failed to lift his maiden Premier League title.


After moving into a 7-2 lead in the final, MVG pulled it back to 8-8 before ‘Snakebite’ came within one leg of a famous victory at 10-9. Only he will know how he managed to miss six match darts to gift MVG yet another title, but he showed he has what it takes to run MVG very close, and perhaps it will be fifth time lucky if and when they meet in a fifth major final, which could well be a week on Sunday.


Wright will be hoping to add to his UK Open title earlier in the year, which was his maiden major title, but faces strong competition from fellow Scotsman, Gary Anderson. Anderson made it to the semis of the Premier League, losing out to MVG who also saw him off in both the World Championship and Masters finals in 2017.Much like Wright, it seems as if MVG is the only one who stands in the way of Anderson adding to his major titles tally.


It’s been three years since Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor lifted his 15th Matchplay crown, and he will have one final chance to make it 16 in his last year on the circuit. His last major televised title came nearly a year ago in the inaugural Champions League and it is clear he is reaching the end of a long and illustrious career, after a quarter-final defeat to Barney at the World Championships and defeat to Wright in the semi-finals of the Premier League. Does he have one major left in him?


There are 10 questions to answer in our tournament Classic, starting with three yes/no questions which are worth 10 points each, including will there be a nine dart finish in the tournament.


Then you must answer six multiple choice questions which are worth 20 points each for a correct answer. This is then multiplied by the figure in brackets by each selection which is priced up depending on how likely or not it is the choice will come through. Questions include, how many legs will the runner-up win in the final, and how many 180’s will be thrown in the final. Question 10 is a nearest wins, scoring you 25 points if you correctly predict what the highest checkout will be in the final.


Starting with question one, it’s tough to call but you just fancy Peter Wright to go further than Gary Anderson, having had a slightly better 2017 than his Scottish counterpart. If all things go to plan, the two are set to meet in the semi-finals so don’t be surprised if we see another Wright v MVG final.


MVG is obviously odds on favourite to lift to title, and is a x1 multiplier in the list of players to choose from as to who you think will be victorious. Anderson is next at x4, while Wright is x5 and could well be the man to pick if you want to a bit of value. Taylor can beat anyone on his day but those days are becoming few and far between, which is why he is at x8. Dave Chisnall, Adrian Lewis, Barney and James Wade then all follow at x10 and although all four are fine players, it seems unlikely any of them will be receiving the winner's cheque in a week or so.


Among the other questions include picking an underdog to win their first round match, which also all feature in our Round One Coupon. World 26, Justin Pipe is just x2 to beat Jelle Klaasen, which could well be a tight encounter, given the fact you never know which Klaasen will turn up and although Pipe has had a poor 2017, he has reached the quarter-finals of the Matchplay on two occasions. UK Open runner-up, Gerwyn Price will provide Taylor with a tough first round match, and it was only in 2015 that Price beat Adrian Lewis en route to a last eight finish. He is x3 and shouldn’t be ruled out. Maybe Steve Beaton against Lewis at x3 is the way to go, especially as the two time world Champion has had a bang average 2017 to say the least. He finished eighth in the Premier League, while had early exits in both the World Championships and UK Open. Beaton made it to the quarter-finals this time last year, which included impressive victories over Jelle Klaasen and Michael Smith, and could well cause a shock this time around.


Enjoy a week of great darting action by playing our fun to play pools!







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