The favourites cantered home on Monday night inside the hot and sweaty Winter Gardens, but we’re expecting a little bit more drama on Tuesday night!
Former champions Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Dimitri van den Bergh and James Wade, are all in action on Day 4 as we try and pick the betting wheat from the chaff.
Let’s take a look at the best tips and picks for Day 4′s play in Blackpool.
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Dimitri van den Bergh (19 July, 19:00)
Rowby-John Rodriguez pulled a rabbit out of the bag against the “Ferret” in the opening round, waving off one of the favourites Jonny Clayton in a superb performance.
The Austrian has got these big performances in his locker, but whether he can replicate this 99 average against former Matchplay king, Dimitri van den Bergh, is a big question.
The Belgian isn’t in the same form that saw him rocket to the title in 2020, but is still a big scoring threat on the oche.
Still, Rowby-John has his tail up and we expect him to run the favourite close, accompanied by a +2.5 handicap.
James Wade v Nathan Aspinall (19 July, 20:00)
Wade is priced as the underdog here, but you can often be left looking stupid backing against the “Machine”.
Wade flew through Martin Lukeman in the opening round, not needing to press above an 85 average, potentially saving his best stuff for the “Asp”.
Aspinall has blown hot and cold over the last 18 months but looked good against Luke Humphries, averaging 96.
We think this one is destined to go down to the wire with at least 20 legs contested.
Peter Wright v Krzysztof Ratajski (19 July, 21:00)
We don’t believe Peter Wright when he claims to be playing “rubbish”.
The reigning Matchplay king averaged 97 on the opening night and has the consistency to trouble the controlled arm of Krzysztof Ratajski.
The “Polish Eagle” was a semi-finalist here last year but hasn’t shown enough in 2022 to suggest he can repeat this feat.
11-6 or 11-7 looks about alright for Wright.
Michael van Gerwen v Joe Cullen (19 July, 22:00)
Joe Cullen is one of the players that can challenge an on-song MVG.
After hand surgery, Van Gerwen is back on form but still struggled to get out of second gear in beating Adrian Lewis.
Both players are heavy scorers and aren’t scared of leaving the 170 “big fish” finish.
If there was ever a match to see the max checkout, it’s this one at 9/1!
* Odds correct at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to change.