2016 World Matchplay 2nd round: Taylor leads charge of evergreen golden oldies
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | July 19, 2016
2016 World Matchplay
- Second round
- Wednesday, July 20th
- Session from: 19:15 BST
- Winter Gardens, Blackpool
- Live on Sky Sports 3
50 is the new 30!
The 2016 World Matchplay first round is now over, and Raymond van Barneveld is the latest big name to exit the competition after his loss to Brendan Dolan on Monday evening.
Northern Irishman Dolan returns to the Blackpool Winter Gardens oche on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals, as do the likes of 15-time winner Phil Taylor, world champion Gary Anderson and Michael Smith.
Four veteran legends of the game in their 50s feature in each game, meanwhile, with The Power (55), Mervyn King (50), Steve Beaton and Terry Jenkins (both 52) all aiming to roll back the years.
Read on for Coral’s preview of the four final second round fixtures…
Mervyn King v Brendan Dolan
In this battle of the giant killers, as King shocked sixth seed James Wade and Dolan upset five-time world champion Barney, both will be aiming to reach the quarters for a possible showdown with Taylor.
The King, semi-finalist here in 2009, goes into the clash as 1/2 odds-on favourite, but has lost four of his six meetings with The History Maker (13/8).
Dolan and King haven’t battled since 2014, though, when the former beat the BDO great 6-3 in a Players Championship event in Crawley. The Northern Irishman is a hugely tempting 18/1 price to win 11-6 and reach the quarters here for the first time.
Michael Smith v Steve Beaton
Smith and Beaten also go head-to-head for the first time this year, and the younger Englishman is the odds-on 3/10 favourite to beat his veteran compatriot (5/2).
Bully Boy, who knocked out Simon Whitlock, may be over half the age as former BDO world champion The Bronzed Adonis, but has won each of their last five meetings including in the most recent PDC Worlds.
Smith tends to aptly beat Beaton with relative ease, and is a tasty 11/8 price to be King of the Oche (player to win match, most 180s and highest checkout. If any of the markets are tied, bets will be settled as losers).
Phil Taylor v Mensur Suljovic
Being the 15-time World Matchplay champion, you’d expect Taylor to come through the first round, but he didn’t have it all his way against Robbie Green as he was only able to edge him 10-8.
Next up for The Power is Suljovic, who has gained a reputation in recent years of being a giant killer thanks to his calmness and tactics on stage.
However, Taylor has won all three of his previous meetings against Suljovic without even dropping a set – most recently in a singles match at the 2016 World Cup of Darts – so why not have a punt at another whitewash in his favour at 66/1?
The Gentle of Austria, though, should put up more of a fight this time around, especially after reaching the quarters here last year and upsetting Anderson along the way. For there to be over over 17.5 total legs, take a price of 11/10.
Gary Anderson v Terry Jenkins
Last up on the Winter Gardens oche is The Flying Scotsman himself, who is still aiming to complete the triple crown of darts’ biggest tournaments, after already winning the World Championship and Premier League (twice).
Anderson’s the 3/1 World Matchplay second-favourite, while is also heavily odds-on at 1/8 to defeat two-time runner-up Jenkins (5/1).
However, the superstar Scot has a woeful record against The Bull, having incredibly lost 12 of their last 13 duels including last time out at the 2015 World Series Of Darts Finals.
Coral’s top tip: Dolan is a tasty 13/8 shout to beat King.