Wayne Mardle: Belgium's best to get us off to a winning start

Will Kim Huybrechts be celebrating like this tonight?

Wayne Mardle is salivating at the prospect of watching Terry Jenkins v Kim Huybrechts and tonight's other three matches at the World Matchplay. Here are his bets for all four tungsten tussles in Blackpool...

"Nothing fazes Huybrechts. He’s like a cocky kid, full of it, with bags of swagger."

Back Kim Huybrechts to score most 180s @ 2.111/10

The betting makes Terry Jenkins v Kim Huybrechts the game of the night at the World Matchplay and who am I to disagree with the wisdom of the Betfair markets?! It's near enough even money the pair and I think we're in for a fantastic tussle between two closely matched guys. This is the one to watch tonight, no question.

Huybrechts is on the up and I think he will continue to rise over the coming years to the point where we'll be talking of the Belgian as a potential tournament champion. Reaching the quarter-finals of the World Championships will have been a massive confidence booster and I'm excited about watching him tonight. Nothing fazes him. He's like a cocky kid, full of it, with bags of swagger.

It's not going to be easy against Jenkins, and I'm not sure I'd get involved in the match odds, but I do like Huybrechts in the most 180s market because he does hit a lot of maximums. It's his first time in the World Matchplay and he's got nothing to lose. Don't miss this one!

Away from Jenkins v Huybrechts, there are three other games with a strong favourite (Raymond van Barneveld 1.192/11 to beat Michael Smith), a solid favourite (Adrian Lewis 1.42/5 to beat Robert Thornton) and, for me, a weak favourite in the shape of Paul Nicholson - who trades at 1.68/13 to beat Andy Smith.

Nicholson has not performed well for the last six months, and from my own experience I know how tough it is when you don't have your A-game. For me, he is a bad 1.68/13 shot in the match odds, but again the bet I prefer is in the most 180s where I'll be backing Smith at a little over even money.

Barney is one of my tournament fancies but he is prohibitively short at 1.192/11 to beat Michael Smith. He's a rightful favourite though and I'll get him onside at 1.845/6 conceding -4.5 legs. This format suits Barney and he's on a roll, having beaten Phil Taylor in an exhibition match recently. There are no easy games but it'll be a huge upset if he doesn't progress.

Robert Thornton arrives at the World Matchplay off the back of a massive win, having landed the UK Open this year, but Adrian Lewis is a good favourite and he's definitely my idea of the winner here. For our final bet though we'll chase bigger winnings by getting involved in the correct score market. Lewis is fantastic, but he can fall asleep at times to let his opponent in. It wouldn't surprise me to see him go 9-4 up and then lose three legs - let's back Lewis wins at 10-6 and 10-7. Both can be backed at around 8.07/1.

Recommended Bets
Back Kim Huybrechts to score most 180s @ 2.111/10
Back Andy Smith to score most 180s @ 2.0621/20
Back Raymond van Barneveld -4.5 legs @ 1.845/6
Back Adrian Lewis to win 10-7 @ 8.07/1, 10-6 @ 8.07/1

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