2016 World Matchplay 1st round: Sunday sessions star Anderson, Wade, Wright
Holly Thackeray | July 16, 2016
2016 World Matchplay
- First round, day two
- Sunday, July 17th
- Afternoon session from: 13:15 BST
- Evening session from: 19:15 BST
- Winter Gardens, Blackpool
- Live on Sky Sports 3
Gary Anderson in action on Empress Ballroom oche
Darts fans are in for a real treat this Sunday, with a whole day of arrow action as the 2016 World Matchplay first round continues in earnest.
The second day sees both an afternoon and evening session on offer, and an exciting eight encounters on the big Blackpool stage – perfect for sandwiching a Yorkshire pudding or two in between!
Notable darting duels include an opening scuffle between ambitious duo Stephen Bunting and Mensur Suljovic, while later clashes pit former Winter Gardens winner James Wade against Mervyn King and Peter Wright versus Joe Cullen. While, world champion Gary Anderson is also primed for his first outing, with the Scot set for a fascinating fray with Alan Norris.
So, read on for all the best bets as Coral run the rule over Sunday’s oche extravaganza…
Stephen Bunting v Mensur Suljovic
This Sunday curtain raiser should provide plenty of intrigue from this evenly matched pair, and punters will remember how late bloomer Suljovic stormed to prominence in 2015, regularly reaching semi-finals of premier events.
The Gentle looked anything but in 2015 as he reached the quarters of the World Matchplay, ousting world champ Anderson along the way, and the crowd favourite is odds-on at 10/11 to now beat Bunting – who he sank convincingly at the beginning of July on the PDC Pro Tour.
Fairly local Liverpool-born lad The Bullet belied huge expectations last year in Blackpool and fell at the first round hurdle. Having dropped off the televised darts map a little since then, previously lauded Bunting is the same price for victory at 10/11, but a close contest for Suljovic to prevail 10-7 is a more enticing 8/1.
Kim Huybrechts v Gerwyn Price
Just like in the recent Euro 2016 quarter-final, it is Belgium v Wales here, as hitman Huybrechts takes on former Rugby Union star Price.
In three previous tussles, The Hurricane has come out on top twice and is 8/13 to do so in this Lancashire liason. Yet, The Ice Man is improving at an impressive rate, having only gone full-time in the sport in 2014.
Customers can therefore opt for the former hooker at a tasty 13/10 to triumph as, despite his fairly recent conversion to the sport he reached the quarters last year and is capable of blowing away Huybrechts – who has never made it past the World Matchplay last 32.
Terry Jenkins v Justin Pipe
This oche encounter between pros Jenkins and Pipe could be one for the true darts connoisseur, so expect a slow burner of sorts.
Crowd pleaser The Bull will not be able to charge to victory without showing patience in battle against renowned slow thrower Pipe, who has pipped him to match spoils seven times out of 12.
A former boxer, The Force is 13/10 to deliver a knockout blow to older Jenkins, who has been a runner-up at this event twice between 2007-09 and can be backed at 8/13 to edge through to the second round.
Ian White v Daryl Gurney
Darting Diamond White (4/6 match favourite) should be confident of putting in a polished performance against Northern Irishman Gurney, as the 45-year-old Potter is one of his rival’s biggest banana skin opponents.
Derry-born Gurney has never defeated Diamond in five attempts, but punters can pick up a price of 6/5 for SuperChin to claim his first win against the 2015 quarter finalist in Blackpool.
White, though, is 7/1 to progress by a slight scoreline of 10-8 and squeeze into the second round, continuing his hoodoo over the younger man.
James Wade v Mervyn King
It is former winner Wade who kicks of the evening entertainment against King (13/5 for victory), and the Englishman should expect to improve on his head-to-head record of 20 triumphs to 16 against his fellow countryman.
The past four fixtures between the darts duo have resulted in two wins apiece, but The Machine is in top gear at the moment and previously knocked The King off his perch on his way to winning the World Matchplay in 2007.
In form after making the final of the Shanghai Masters and the semis of the Tokyo Masters in the same World Series tour, Wade is reasonable at 2/7 to win his Winter Gardens opener, but a better value 11/4 to be crowned King of the Oche (player to win match, most 180s & highest checkout, if any of the markets are tied, bets will be settled as losers).
Adrian Lewis v Mark Webster
Jackpot takes on The Spider in his first test of the tournament, and trounces the Welshman 12-6 in past meetings, though in two previous World Matchplay wrangles it is one success apiece.
Wales hope Webster, a former BDO World Championship winner, can be a prickly customer in the big matches, however, and stunned Lewis in their last battle with a victory at the World Grand Prix in 2015.
A second shock in succession (3/1) does not look to be on the cards, with Jackpot well priced at 1/4 to catch The Spider in his own web. A tricky but triumphant 10-6 result for Lewis is 13/2.
Gary Anderson v Alan Norris
Fans should be looking forward to this one as Norris, a BDO World Championship runner-up, has taken to the PDC switch promisingly and now has the chance to topple reigning PDC world champ Anderson.
Somerset-born star Chuck is making inroads and, though the Flying Scotsman should still steam past having won two out of three recent World Series events, Norris should at least prove a potent opponent.
Anderson has emerged victorious from three of their four frays and is 1/7 to give the elbow to his English foe again, with Chuck an outsider for the spoils at 9/2.
Coral are offering several special weekend wagers for the Winter Gardens event, however, and The Flying Scotsman is a fantastic value flutter at 12/5 to be the player with most 180s on the night.
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
Staying in the vein of Sunday special bets, Snakebite’s darting dust-up with Cullen, which brings the day’s action to a close, is 12/5 to be the match on the evening with the highest checkout.
Wright (1/3 for the win) has won all of his last three and seven of nine previous matches against Bradford-born 27-year-old Cullen (9/4) and should again have too much quality in the Empress Ballroom. The Scot is 7/1 to crush Yorkshireman The Rockstar by a handsome 10-5 scoreline.