We’re down to the last four in Blackpool.
One of Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen, Jonny Clayton… will be crowned the 2023 Matchplay king on Sunday night, etching their name of the Phil Taylor trophy for the first time.
Both semis are extremely close to call so expect a late Saturday night under the Winter Gardens lights!
Let’s take a look at some of the best betting for the semi-finals in Blackpool:
Nathan Aspinall vs Joe Cullen – Joe Cullen match win at 6/5 with bet365 (Saturday @ 20:00)
Joe Cullen looks reborn on the Winter Gardens oche.
The Rockstar has taken the scalps of Mike De Decker, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney so far, averaging at 97 for the tournament, and unlike his opponent, has averaged three figures in a match (beating Price 13-11).
Aspinall put on the burners in the middle stages of his win over Chris Dobey to reach his first Matchplay semi-final, but the Asp might be concerned about his failure to convert big wins over the last couple of years.
Aspinall has lost seven semi-finals and four finals since his 2019 UK Open title and Cullen is playing well enough to capitalise on any errors.
Cullen is the underdog here, but at 6/5 is a cracking price in the outright markets. A race to 17 relies on consistency and we give Cullen the edge.
Jonny Clayton vs Luke Humphries – Luke Humphries 17-12 or 17-13 Jonny Clayton (both) at 12/1 with Coral (Saturday @ 21:30)
The seventh and sixth seeds collide in the second semi-final with Humphries winning the only meeting between the pair in 2023 so far.
Clayton, however, won the previous four, so won’t fear the tournament favourite “Cool Hand” Luke.
Clayton looked the better of the two in the quarter-finals as Humphries allowed Heta back into his, but the Englishman will look back to his opening night win – and 102 average – against Jose de Sousa for confidence.
Humphries looks built for these pressure moments following his weight loss and looks capable of outlasting the “Ferret” in what could be a lengthy race to 17.
Despite Clayton’s recent success, this is the first time he has got past the second round of the World Matchplay and will be aware that this is his worst performing TV tournament.
We’re backing Humphries here to sprint to the finish line after an even start – a 3.5 handicap boosts his price very well.