World Matchplay Darts Odds, Tips & Predictions: Bully Boy To Win 1st Major TV Title

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The PDC World Matchplay takes place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 16-24. Scotland’s Peter Wright will be looking to retain his title – Can anyone stop him?

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World Matchplay Darts Tips & Predictions: Overall Winner – Michael Smith

Regular readers of my darts tips will remember that I once said that I cannot see Michael Smith ever winning a major television title – well, I have changed my mind.

Maybe I was letting the fact that Smith was from St Helens, and I am from Wigan, cloud my judgement when I said he doesn’t have the bottle to get the job done.

I don’t think he is good enough to ever be a World Champion, but he certainly has the game to win the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

Smith has reached finals before, but he seems to let the pressure get to him. He did win one evening of the Premier League this season, so that could spur him on to do something special at the Winter Gardens.

He opens up his account on Sunday afternoon with a first-round tie against Andrew Gilding. That is a potential banana skin for Smith. If he turns up expecting to win, then he could be in trouble. I don’t think Smith is like that. He treats his opponents with respect, and if he did win the World Matchplay I don’t think many people would begrudge him.

He just needs to keep calm and back himself. If you don’t agree with me about Smith, take a look at the Sky Bet offer on defending champion Peter Wright retaining the Phil Taylor Trophy.

2022 Betfred World Matchplay: Schedule of Play

Saturday July 16 (1900 BST)
First Round
Krzysztof Ratajski v Stephen Bunting
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Callan Rydz
Peter Wright v Madars Razma
Jonny Clayton v Rowby-John Rodriguez

Sunday July 17
Afternoon Session (1300 BST)
First Round
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Ryan Searle
Danny Noppert v Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith v Andrew Gilding

Evening Session (1930 BST)
First Round
Joe Cullen v Damon Heta
James Wade v Martin Lukeman
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
Luke Humphries v Nathan Aspinall

Monday July 18 (1900 BST)
First Round
Rob Cross v Chris Dobey
Jose de Sousa v Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price v Martin Schindler
Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts

Tuesday July 19 (1900 BST)
4x Second Round

Wednesday July 20 (1900 BST)
4x Second Round

Thursday July 21 (2000 BST)
2x Quarter-Finals

Friday July 22 (2000 BST)
2x Quarter-Finals

Saturday July 23 (2000 BST)
Semi-Finals

Sunday July 24
Afternoon Session (1300 BST)
Women’s World Matchplay – Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final

Evening Session (2100 BST)
Final

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