The first round of the World Matchplay concludes on Monday night, with the Power and Barney both involved
Twelve matches have been played at the 2016 World Matchplay so far, with eight seeds going through and four non-seeded players triumphing.
We’ve got four more games taking place in Blackpool this evening, with Phil Taylor in action against Robbie Green, while the popular Raymond van Barneveld clashes with Brendan Dolan.
Monday 18th July 2016
Jelle Klaasen v Steve Beaton 7pm
Klaasen has always had the raw ability required to win big tournaments although his inconsistency has let him down time and again. However, a semi-final appearance at the 2016 World Championship suggests that the Dutchman is ready to make the step up.
Beaton is in decent nick and this looks like a match which could be close, with BetVictor offering a generous 11/10 that we see at least 17 legs played.
BETTING TIP: Over 16.5 legs @ 11/10 with BetVictor
Raymond van Barneveld v Brendan Dolan 8pm
Barney has a pretty lousy recent record in this competition. He’s not made it past the second round in the last four renewals, although Dolan isn’t in particularly good form coming into this tournament.
Perhaps the Dutchman will finally come to life at Winter Gardens and we’re happy to take odds-against that he covers the handicap.
BETTING TIP: Van Barneveld -4.5 legs @ 21/20 with Boylesports
Phil Taylor v Robbie Green 9pm
Taylor has won this event fifteen times and shows little signs of fading even as he approaches his 56th birthday. The Power might have been usurped by Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson at the top of the game but he should have too much for Green.
BETTING TIP: Taylor to win 10-3 @ 5/1 with Ladbrokes
Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock 10pm
Bully Boy might have struggled in the Premier League although he’s on an upward curve and will be looking to make amends for that first round defeat by Gerwyn Price last year.
Smith faces an opponent who made the semi-finals here two years ago, with Whitlock having suffered a dip in form since then. Nevertheless, the Wizard of Oz could make life difficult for his younger adversary here.
BETTING TIP: Over 16.5 legs @ 10/11 with Sky Bet