PDC World Matchplay 2017 - 2nd Round - Darts Preview

PDC World Matchplay 2017 – 2nd Round – Darts Preview  After an enticing first round of rather remarkable darts from the PDC’s biggest names, the second round will kick off with just as many mouth-watering fixtures.

In the biggest shock of the opening round, Alan Norris overcame the big Belgian Kim Huybrechts in a head-spinning match of darts. The Englishman went 3-0 down to win eight straight legs to give Huybrechts too big a mountain to climb to recover the match, resulting in a crushing first round exit for the world number 12. Norris will now face world number 5, Dave Chisnall who should have too much scoring power for Norris to deal with.

Skybet To Reach the Final – Dave Chisnall – 15/2

Mensur Suljovic Photo Credit: skysports.com

Dutchman, Jelle Klassen, continued his torrid year with a first-round exit after a 5-10 loss to Justin Pipe. Klassen has been haunted with injury and has only just returned to the oche, however, the break has clearly affected his game. Pipe played extremely well to capitalise on Klassen’s weaknesses and has deserved his spot in the next round. Pipe will now face the PDC’s dark horse, Mensur Suljovic. Suljovic has had a fine season so far and should continue in this fashion.

Skybet To Reach the Final – Mensur Suljovic – 7/1

World number one Michael van Gerwen began his World Matchplay campaign with a routine victory over Stephen Bunting. The Dutchman won the first seven sets and then went into cruise control to see the match out. ‘MvG’ will now face Australian, Simon Whitlock, who beat his fellow countryman Kyle Anderson. Whitlock is a long-standing darts player but won’t be able to cope with van Gerwen’s quality in this second-round match.

Phil Taylor Photo Credit: skysports.com

The match that has caught everyone’s attention is Phil Taylor vs Raymond van Barneveld, or more commonly referred to as ‘El Classico’. The two have dominated darts since its commercialised birth and whenever they face each other, every darts fans have their favourite. Taylor beat Welshman, Gerwyn Price, 10-5 to earn his place in the second round whilst Barney scrapped through following a tight match against Joe Cullen. This match can go either way, Taylor will feel this is one of his last ‘El Classico’s’ and he will be up for it more than ever, this could see him over the line.

Skybet To Reach the Final – Phil Taylor – 8/1

 

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PDC World Matchplay 2017 - 1st Round - Darts Preview

PDC World Matchplay 2017 – 1st Round – Darts Preview – The PDC returns with the BetVictor World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The World Matchplay is one of the most highly coveted and prestigious trophies that is available on the PDC Circuit.

 

Michael van Gerwen returns after beating Dave Chisnall, 8-0, in the final of the Shanghai Masters to continue his rampant reign at the top of the PDC. Adrian Lewis also returns after an injury that has seen him out of PDC action for while.

The first-round draw is mouth-watering- nay, breath-taking for any darts fans with a Sky Sports subscription. The 32-man tournament will take place over 8 days with the final on 30th July 2017; so, stock up your fridge with plenty of beer.

Here are just some of the first-round fixtures that will take place from Saturday 22nd July (schedule of play still to be decided):

Michael van Gerwen vs Steven Bunting

Michael van Gerwen Photo Credit: skysports.com

The Dutch dartsman will climb off his darting throne to face Steven Bunting who will know he stands very little chance. The dominance of Michael van Gerwen in the darting world is almost inconceivable and yet he makes it look so simple every time the ‘Green Machine’ pops on our TV screens.  Bunting hasn’t been in the best of form during 2017 and has seen his gradual decline down the PDC Order of Merit continue its momentum. The current Matchplay Champion shouldn’t break a sweat.

Skybet Match Result – Michael van Gerwen to Win – 1/33

Simon Whitlock vs Kyle Anderson

Simon Whitlock Photo Credit: skysports.com

Facing each other for the first ever time at a televised event, it’s the battle of the Aussies in arguably the closest match of the first round. Having only joined forces last month at the World Cup of Darts, Anderson and Whitlock will know each other very well which makes the match ever more compelling. Whitlock is the higher ranked, however has struggled to get a rhythm as of late. Anderson is still yet to reach the shining lights we all know he is capable of but both will be massively up for this contest. Whitlock should just have the edge over his fellow countryman.

Skybet Match Result – Simon Whitlock to Win – 4/6

Phil Taylor vs Gerwyn Price

Phil Taylor Photo Credit: skysports.com

Phil Taylor is undoubtedly the king of the World Matchplay, having lifted the trophy 15 times; with Michael van Gerwen currently 13 Matchplay titles behind. Taylor will be wanting to succeed in this tournament as his announced retirement at the end of the calendar year is drawing ever closer. Gerwyn Price has been enjoying his darts a lot lately and will be able to provide a shock if Taylor isn’t at his best; would be a good bet for the longshotters. ‘The Power’ will have the crowd behind him and that should be enough to beat the Welshman.

Skybet Match Result – Phil Taylor to Win – 2/7

Blackpool vs Exeter City - Match Preview

Skybet League two Playoff Final, Wembley, London 3pm

Blackpool and Exeter will compete at Wembley in the final match of the League Two season for a place in England’s third tier.

The semi-finals could not have been more exciting; both ties finishing 6-5 on aggregate in enthralling contests to reach the final.
The Grecians made it to Wembley courtesy of Jack Stacey’s dramatic 95th minute winner to break Carlisle hearts.
Astoundingly, Blackpool also benefitted from a remarkable 95th minute injury time winner – the ball unfortunately rebounding off Luton goalkeeper Stuart Moore and into the net to send Blackpool fans into raptures.

Blackpool fans protest against owner Karl Oyston

Blackpool fans protest against owner Karl Oyston Photo Credit: skysports.com

The Tangerines have had an incredibly difficult past couple of seasons; amidst experiencing various off-field problems they have suffered consecutive relegations to find themselves in England’s fourth tier. Only 5000 tickets have been sold and the boycotts organised to protest against Oyston’s ownership of the club looks set to continue to Wembley. In contrast, Exeter have sold over three times as many tickets for the massive clash.
Manager Gary Bowyer has, however, instilled some stability at Bloomfield Road and the club are attempting to bounce straight back into League One at the first time of asking.

Exeter themselves are trying to ply their trade in League One for the first time since 2013 and English football’s current second longest serving manager Paul Tisdale will be confident his side can find glory.

Team News
Gary Bowyer has a full squad to choose from for the big occasion, with every player available for Blackpool after training all week.

Exeter, however, still have Matt Jay and Robbie Simpson unavailable – but have no new injury concerns so Tisdale could name an unchanged side from the semi-final victory over Carlisle.

Ollie Watkins will be key to Exeter reaching League One

Ollie Watkins will be key to Exeter reaching League One Photo Credit: skysports.com

Player to Watch
Exeter forward Ollie Watkins has received numerous plaudits this season; not least after being awarded of the English Football League Young Player of the Year. The 21-year-old has plundered 15 goals in the league this season; notably his brace against Carlisle to send The Grecians to Wembley. Watkins also has 7 assists, and is noted for his dribbling ability and lightning pace and he could well be the difference in attaining promotion.

Summary
Just two points separated the two teams after the entirety of the league season and as such the match is too tight to call beforehand.

However, Blackpool have beaten Exeter in 5 of the last 8 meetings between the two sides and are undefeated against The Seasiders are undefeated in this campaign’s encounters.
Blackpool are seeking success in their record-equalling 7th appearance at Wembley (Crystal Palace are the only other side who can match that total) and will be hoping such experience will be invaluable.

Additionally, Exeter have only achieved a solitary clean sheet in their last 19 outings so this might well be an attacking affair.

 

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  • Skybet RequestAbet 11/1 to 28/1 – Watkins to score, Exeter to win and Jake Taylor & Aldred to be carded – 28/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 33/1 to 66/1 – BTTS and Potts, Danns & Aldred to be carded – 40/1
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