The first round wraps up on Monday night and we’ve got action from both the 2020 and 2021 winners.
And if that wasn’t enough, the legend – and 2010 losing finalist – Raymond van Barneveld returns to the Winter Gardens stage for the first time since 2018.
Darts World Matchplay Betting Tips
Let’s take a look at some of the best betting for Day 3 in Blackpool:
Dimitri van den Bergh vs Ross Smith – Over 11.5 180s at 5/6 with bet365 (Monday @ 19:00)
Ross Smith shocked the PDC with his European Championship win in 2022 and has made a solid start to life on the Tour in 2023.
He’s up against it on Monday night, however, taking on 2020 winner van den Bergh.
The Belgian has made semi-finals at the World Championship, World Cup and UK Open in 2023 and is the rightful favourite in this race to ten.
Smith won his major title by hammering the maximum bed, and if he runs the DreamMaker close, then we’ll probably see a flurry of 180s.
Ryan Searle vs Raymond van Barneveld – Ryan Searle to win at 8/11 with bet365 (Monday @ 20:00)
Raymond van Barneveld has won pretty much everything in world darts, barring the World Matchplay.
The Dutchman hasn’t played here since 2018 and hasn’t got past the second round since 2011, but will be fairly happy with his draw in the opening round.
Searle is 15th seeded out of 16 but has only made a major dent in a big tournament once in 2021.
Barney’s return to the big time is nice to see but we’re not expecting it to last past Monday.
Jonny Clayton vs Gabriel Clemens – Jonny Clayton to win match and highest checkout at 6/5 with bet365 (Monday @ 22:00)
Only Gerwyn Price is throwing a higher average than Jonny Clayton so far in 2023, enjoying a 42% checkout percentage to boot.
Gabriel Clemens has only ever won one World Matchplay game and will probably roll over once Clayton’s ball gets rolling.
Clayton leads Clemens 5-0 in a dominant head-to-head.