Former Matchplay champions Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Rob Cross have already bitten the bullet in Blackpool this week and we’re expecting more top-ranked heads to roll inside the historic Winter Gardens.
Three of the top 10 are in action on Wednesday night in second round action, and we’ve plucked out three top tips.
Let’s take a look at some of the best betting for Day 5 in Blackpool:
Ryan Searle to beat Peter Wright at Evens with bet365 (Wednesday @ 19:00)
We all know that Peter Wright hasn’t been firing on all cylinders this season.
Snakebite’s troublesome form coupled with Ryan Searle’s electric start in Blackpool opens up a beautiful Evens bet on Wednesday night.
Ryan Searle is averaging more than 105 and hitting 64% of his doubles at the Matchplay and has to be fancied in this race to 11.
Jonny Clayton vs Dimitri van den Bergh – Over 18.5 legs @ 4/5 with bet365 (Wednesday @ 20:00)
These two Premier League players know each other’s game inside out.
They met twice in this season’s competition winning 6-2 once each, and their head-to-head is as equally balanced at 7-6 wins to Dimitri van den Bergh.
Van den Bergh is a former champion here from 2020 and won’t bow out easily against the Welsh favourite.
It wouldn’t be a surprise in the slightest if this one stretched into overtime with the Over 18.5 legs market looking favourable.
Luke Humphries vs Dirk van Duijvenbode – Luke Humphries to win and highest checkout at 7/4 with bet365 (Wednesday @ 22:00)
With Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price exiting the tournament, Luke Humphries is now a 4/1 favourite to win the Matchplay with bet365.
He’s above Joe Cullen, Peter Wright and Jonny Clayton in the pecking order and that underlines his favourite status against van Duijvenbode on Wednesday night.
Humphries averaged 102 in a 10-2 demolition of Jose de Sousa and there are signs that something similar might happen against the big Dutchman.
DvD struggled 12-10 against Kim Huybrechts having to go to the well in order to gain victory; Humphries is playing far too well and should scoop a double here.