Darts World Matchplay 2013: Last-Minute Odds and Predictions for Round 1 Ties

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Michael Van Gerwen of Holland celebrates winning The Final against Phill Taylor of England during the McCoy's Premier League Darts Play-Offs at The O2 Arena on May 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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The beer is flowing for this year's World Matchplay Darts championship.

A total of 24 names are in action across July 21/22, all of which are hoping to follow the Day 1 winners into the second round. Defending champion Phil "The Power" Taylor enters proceedings with a tough battle against Stuart Kellett and will be itching to overcome the man who has caused him significant pain in recent times.

Much fancied Dutchman Michael van Gerwen will also step up for his Round 1 match. The 24-year-old continues to promote his profile with a number of memorable performances across the past two years.

As the second day of action begins, which players can you count on to make a useful buck? Using odds produced by Skybet, let's take a look at where the money lies in the remaining Round 1 fixtures.

July 21 Odds and Predictions:

Justin Pipe 8/15 vs. Mark Webster 6/4

Pipe's year has been ruined with a number of poor results. He suffered a second-round defeat in the 2013 World Championship to Mark Walsh and embarrassingly lost 5-2 against Gareth Pass in the opening round of the UK Open.

Webster will be happy with a third-round exit at the same competition and has showed signs of toppling the favourites. Pipe will deal with the pressure, but only just. Pipe 10-8 Webster.

Kevin Painter 4/11 vs. Jamie Lewis 21/10

Painter hasn't turned his 2011 Players Championship Finals win into a run at the top guys. His year is defined by a 9-7 comeback win against Gary Anderson at the UK Open, but he failed to do the same against Adrian Lewis in the next round.

The 45-year-old leaves himself too much to do in the early stages. Even so, 21-year-old Jamie Lewis has little experience at this level and will be proud just to have qualified. Painter 10-3 Lewis.

Kim Huybrechts 4/5 vs. Peter Wright 1/1

Wright will need more than a mohawk to overcome Huybrechts in Round 1.

The often cocky player has a tendency to underestimate individuals on the big stage and will fall victim of overconfidence against his opponent. Although Wright showed brilliant form at the K2 Centre in Crawley, Huybrechts' run to the No. 3 spot on the UK Open Order of Merit underlines a year of consistent form that will prove pivotal. Huybrechts 10-7 Wright.

Phil Taylor 1/10 vs. Stuart Kellett

These players have previous history against each other. Taylor suffered a shock 6-4 defeat against Kellett in this year's Players Championship, but the World No. 1 won't suffer the same defeat again. This is Taylor's turf, the place in which he has captured 13 trophies in 19 years.

While Kellett is worth a bet for ambitious punters, Taylor will power all the way to the final with dominant performances over those who so desperately seek to knock him from that perch. Taylor 10-7 Kellett.

Brendan Dolan 8/11 vs. Steve Beaton 11/10

Prediction: Dolan 7-10 Beaten

Mervyn King 5/4 vs. Gary Anderson 8/13

Prediction: King 10-6 Anderson

Dave Chisnall 1/2 vs. Paul Nicholson 13/8

Prediction: Chisnall 10-5 Nicholson

Michael van Gerwen 1/10 vs. Colin Lloyd 6/1

Prediction: Van Gerwen 10-3 Lloyd

July 22 Odds and Predictions:

Robert Thornton 1/3 vs. Ian White 12/5

Prediction: Thornton 10-4 White

Wes Newton 4/5 vs. Jamie Caven 1/1

Prediction: Newton 10-8 Caven

Adrian Lewis 1/7 vs. Ronny Huybrechts 9/2

Prediction: Lewis 10-2 Huybrechts

Andy Hamilton 4/9 vs. Ronnie Baxter 7/4

Prediction: Hamilton 10-5 Baxter

Will you back Kellett for a career-defining victory over Taylor? Can Pipe kick-start his title hopes with a confident win against the tough Webster? Let us know who you're betting on in the comments section below.


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