Michael van Gerwen should go deep at Winter Gardens and looks the likeliest winner at the World Matchplay
The top sixteen players in the world along with sixteen qualifiers all head to sunny Blackpool to compete in the World Matchplay over the coming days.
This is one of the biggest tournaments on the circuit and last year’s champion Michael van Gerwen looks like a decent shout at 6/5 (William Hill) to retain his title.
The Dutchman probably has the best game in the world right now, with Gary Anderson a close second although the Scotsman has received a much tougher draw than his rival for this competition.
MVG has an opener against Jamie Caven before a potential clash against Vincent van der Voort or Kyle Anderson. It’s a sure thing that the Green Machine will be in the last eight and trading at odds-on in a few days’ time.
Therefore, William Hill’s best price should be snaffled up and we’re happy to make Van Gerwen our only bet for the tournament.
After all, the bottom half of the draw is a minefield. Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor could be on a collision course in the semi-finals, although Michael Smith and James Wade are also kicking around to complicate matters.
2016 is already shaping up for MVG, with the Dutchman having the Premier League title under his belt and some of his averages were breathtaking.
He’s also landed the UK Open and the Masters, while the World Matchplay is where the 27-year-old really announced himself. As a 23-year-old, he made it to the quarter finals after managing the first nine-dart-finish in this tournament. Six months later, he was lining up against Phil Taylor in the World Championship final.
Van Gerwen has now become the player to beat and he was barely troubled last year, sweeping aside Van de Pas and Jamie Lewis before tougher matches against Ian White, Peter Wright and James Wade.
Wade is someone who has done very well at the World Matchplay and that includes one victory and five runner-up spots. However, his route this year is as tough as you can possibly imagine compared to MVG’s much easier path.
BETTING TIP: Michael van Gerwen @ 6/5 with William Hill