More World Matchplay darts second round matches tonight, with Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson in action
Dave Chisnall v Keegan Brown
Chizzy is now among the best in the game, after making it to the Premier League play-offs and reaching the latter stages in a number of major competitions in the last couple of years.
Brown is another future star and shocked veteran Scot Robert Thornton in the first round here, but Chisnall will be confident of beating the youngster, as he has in all six of their meetings, and get to the quarters for the third straight year. This could be a close encounter, though.
PREDICTION: Chisnall 13-10 Brown @ 9/1 with Sky Bet
James Wade v Brendan Dolan
Wade is a former champion here and was once touted as the next big thing in darts. His form has tailed off in recent years, but he is still a threat and will fancy his chances against Northern Irishman Dolan, who has never got past this stage at the World Matchplay before.
The Machine has won the last two meetings against The History Maker, and boasts a 9-5 career record over him back him to triumph without being troubled too much.
PREDICTION: Wade 13-8 Dolan @ 15/2 with Paddy Power
Phil Taylor v Andy Hamilton
With 15 Winter Garden titles, the last seven in succession, Taylor is almost unstoppable here in Blackpool, and he looks raring to grab an eighth in a row after easily dispatching John Henderson 10-2 in the first round.
He is next up against fellow Stoke-born veteran Hamilton, who denied The Power a meeting with old foe Raymond van Barneveld after shocking him 10-7, but his head-to-head record doesn’t look too promising.
Taylor has won 36 of their 41 matches, including three times here. But back The Hammer to test Taylor more than Henderson did.
PREDICTION: Taylor 13-7 Hamilton @ 8/1 with 888 Sport
Gary Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
World champion and Premier League winner Anderson is now one of, if not the best players in the game on his day currently, and he will be hungry for more trophies after narrowly missing out on the World Cup of Darts for Scotland recently.
The Flying Scotsman next duels with Serbian-born Austrian Suljovic, who he is heavily fancied to beat although will need to be wary of after The Gentle upset Terry ‘The Bull’ Jenkins. Anderson should get to the quarters with ease.
PREDICTION: Anderson 13-4 Suljovic @ 10/1 with Boylesports
All odds were correct at time of posting.