Michael van Gerwen will be looking to retain his World Matchplay title later this month. Last year Michael dominated the PDC Darts circuit claiming most of the PDC major dart titles. This year has been no exception, victory in the Premier League and more recently Shanghai Masters will put Michael favourite once again. However in recent months Michael hasn’t had it all his own way.
Michael, partnered with Raymond van Barneveld, lost to Adrian Lewis in final match of the PDC World Cup of Darts final and again to current World Champion Gary Anderson in the Dubai Masters. However one of Michael’s biggest rivals is Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. Phil will again be a big threat to Michael’s titles hopes in this year’s Matchplay. The 16 time World Champion and 15 time World Matchplay Champion is back on form. Phil has never lost a Matchplay final and with his new darts seemingly working well for Phil you wouldn’t put it past him claiming Matchplay title number 16. Latest odds for all 16 seeds and 16 ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers can be found at Tom Waterhouse.com
Robbie Green claimed the last spot in the ProTour Order of Merit thus claiming his spot in the 2016 World Matchplay Championship line up. Robbie has always been a big crowd pleaser and on his day Robbie is capable of beating any of the top seeded players. Robbie again will be looking to climb up the PDC’s players ranking table.
This year’s World Matchplay again will be played at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens and will be shown live on Sky Sports and worldwide through the PDC's broadcasting partners. Play commences on Saturday July 16-24. Tickets are available from the Winter Gardens Box Office or via the following methods:
In person at the Church Street Box Office | Telephone Sales via 0844 856 1111 | On line via ticketmaster.com
The first round will commence on Saturday July 16, with a double session of action on Sunday July 17 before the final four matches on Monday July 18.
The second round is split across Tuesday July 19 and Wednesday July 20, with the quarter-finals played on Thursday July 21 and Friday July 22.
The semi-finals follow on Saturday July 23, with the tournament concluding with the final on Sunday July 24.