The Betfred World Matchplay will have its quarter-final line-up confirmed following tonight’s final four second round clashes.
The main attraction is Michael van Gerwen taking on Ian ‘Diamond’ White as the third match of the evening. It took MvG a while to get in his groove against Damon Heta on Monday and looked in a little bit of bother when going 6-4 down into the second interval. However, he returned to reel off five straight legs, eventually winning 10-5.
In his post-match interview he acknowledged his slow start and expects better as the tournament progresses, saying "I had to work hard today but I got the job done. It was hard work and there is more in the tank, but I've got the first round out of the way.
"I didn't play my absolute A-game, but hopefully that can come later in the tournament. I feel it's coming, but I just have to keep winning games."
Mighty Mike is the shortest priced favourite on tonight’s card, trading at 1/4 to beat Ian ‘Diamond’ White (10/3) who himself put in a good performance to overcome Daryl Gurney.
The first game tonight sees 2019 runner-up Michael Smith take on Premier League finalist Jose de Sousa. Bullyboy got the better of Ryan Searle 10-7 in round one and could be a decent bet at 6/4 to upset the Portuguese player, who averaged 97.45 in a 10-2 demolition of Gabriel Clemens. Maybe the maximums are the best play here with the two heavy scorers and over 12.5 180s at 10/11 looks the best play especially in a game that could see plenty of legs.
2018 World Matchplay winner and 2020 runner-up Gary Anderson takes on Nathan Aspinall who won his first game on the Blackpool stage at the weekend. Both were convincing winners of their first-round match but it is a hard game to call, with odds of 10/11 for each.
The final quarter-final spot will go to either 2017 World Matchplay runner-up Peter Wright or Joe Cullen, who was emotional after a 10-8 success against Chris Dobey. Wright is 1/2 to win the game and Cullen 13/8.