2021 World Matchplay Overview
|Tournament Name||2021 World Matchplay|
|When||Saturday, 17 July – Sunday, 25 July 2021|
|Where||Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England|
|Live Streaming||Live on Sky Sports Darts|
|2020 Winner||Dimitri van den Bergh|
|2021 Ante Post Favourite||Michael van Gerwen|
There are plenty of opportunities for darts free bets this coming weekend, as the 2021 World Matchplay marches into the Winter Gardens after a year’s hiatus.
Freebets.com are here to provide you with the best World Matchplay betting options, as world number one Gerwyn Price returns to the oche after missing the Premier League at the start of this season.
Michael van Gerwen, Jose De Sousa and Peter Wright are a few of the other names looking to impress in Blackpool across the eight-day tournament, with Belgian Dimitri van den Bergh the reigning champion after bursting onto the scene in 2020.
The 2021 World Matchplay is set to be one of the most open fields in years and we’ve got you covered from doubles to bullseyes, across the board, with our World Matchplay betting offers, betting news and free bets.
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2021 World Matchplay – Competition Format
The World Matchplay is played over five rounds, with 32 players entering at the first round stage.
There are 16 seeded players that all avoid each other in the opening round, determined by the PDC’s Order of Merit.
1st Round: Best of 19 legs
2nd Round: Best of 21 legs
Quarter-finals: Best of 31 legs
Semi-finals: Best of 33 legs
Final: Best of 35 legs
Who Are The Favourites For The 2021 World Matchplay
- Michael van Gerwen (9/2) – Despite dropping down to number three in the world, the “Green Machine” can never be disregarded at a major tournament. Van Gerwen is a two-time Matchplay winner and has scooped another 39 Premier PDC titles over years of dominance.
- Gerwyn Price (5/1) – Price was forced to miss this season’s Premier League due to a failed Covid-19 test, but as reigning world champion will be looking to flex his muscles in Blackpool. The “Iceman” is number one in the world and has been a consistent force over the past couple of seasons.
- Jose De Sousa (7/1) – “The Special One” is continuing to turn heads with performance after performance on the oche. The Portuguese player won last year’s Grand Slam and knows how to get over the line in a major.
- Peter Wright (7/1) – “Snakebite” finished runner-up in the 2017 World Matchplay but has since won the World Championship, UK Open and Masters. Wright is hitting a decent run of form and will certainly be in the early conversation of potential winners.
2021 World Matchplay – Top Stats
- Only three players have won multiple World Matchplay crowns: Phil Taylor (16), Michael van Gerwen (2) and Rod Harrington (2).
- There has been a different winner of the World Matchplay in the last five editions.
- Due to Phil Taylor’s dominance at the start of the 2000s, there have only been ten different winners of the World Matchplay in 27 editions.
- Due to Covid-19, last year’s World Matchplay was the only edition not to be played inside Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens, moving to Milton Keynes and the Marshall Arena.
- There have been seven 9-dart finishes at the World Matchplay, with the last by Gary Anderson in the 2018 quarter-finals.
2021 World Matchplay – What To Bet On
- Outright Winner – This is the main outright market you can bet on, predicting who you think will win the whole tournament. Make sure to look at the draw and possible routes of each player!
- 9 Dart Finish – Will there be a ‘perfect’ 9-dart finish in the tournament or in a particular match? You’ll get pretty tasty odds in both of these markets.
- First Time Winner – We’ve seen first time winners in Dimitri van den Bergh, Rob Cross and Gary Anderson over the last three editions, how about another one in 2021?
- To Win Quarter – Which player will win their specific quarter of the draw and reach the semi-finals?
2021 World Matchplay – FAQ’s
*Please note that all odds are correct at the time of article publication and are subject to change.