Wayne Mardle: Back Taylor or Lewis for World Matchplay success

Can Lewis break Taylor's dominance at the Matchplay?

Reigning champ Phil Taylor will be the man to beat at the World Matchplay, according to Wayne Mardle, but he expects protege Adrian Lewis to push the Power all the way. Read on for the Betfair ambassador's exclusive thoughts on the outright market as well as night one...

"Lewis, available to back at 8.07/1, played like we all know he can on his way to winning the European Championships recently and if he shows that form again he'll go very close indeed."

World Matchplay Darts
Starts: Saturday July 20, 19:00 BST
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1

Outright betting

The Matchplay seldom throws up massive outsiders as the format suits the better players. The usual protagonists will be there fighting it out come finals day. 

Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Simon Whitlock will all like the look of their draw for the first few rounds. 

Lewis, available to back at 8.07/1, played like we all know he can on his way to winning the European Championships recently and if he shows that form again he'll go very close indeed

Barney, who is priced at 15.014/1, has a tough draw from the quarter-finals onwards; he will more than likely run into Taylor and Wade or Whitlock if he's to reach the final. 

MVG, who is favourite at 3.211/5, looks a certainty to reach at least the semi-final. There are a few banana skins like Kim Huybrechts and Newton who can beat the Green machine but, as I said, the format favours the real big guns. 

The former champ Wade - a 17.016/1 chance - mustn't be underestimated, he's so so tough to beat and he loves this event.

I do think Lewis is a good bet at the price, but I couldn't advise against backing Phil at a decent looking 4.03/1. He is looking for his sixth consecutive Matchplay and 14th overall! Ridiculous numbers!

Recommended Bets
Phil Taylor at 4.03/1
Adrian Lewis at 8.07/1

Saturday night matches

Terry Jenkins v Andy Smith

The Bull has an incredible head to head record versus his best friend, the Pie Man, and at 1.51/2 I think we can get off to a winning start. While I don't think it will be a walk in the park I do think Terry will win by at least three legs.

Recommended Bet
Back Terry Jenkins at 1.51/2

Simon Whitlock v Jelle Klassen 

The young Dutchman has been throwing some sublime arrers in recent months and I think he can give the Beard to be Feared some problems. Jelle has slowed his throw down just enough for him to be more controlled and in my opinion more of a danger to anyone. When he's on form he's a winner; the 2006 world champ fears no one. There is value is backing Klassen on the handicap in this one.

Recommended Bet
Back Jelle Klassen +2.5 legs at 1.728/11

The other two matches should see straightforward victories for Wade and Barney, up against John Part and Mensur Suljovic respectively. Their match odds are too short for me to be playing, but if you wanted to get involved the handicap markets are the way to go.

Wade - 3.5 legs is available at 1.910/11, while Barney - 4.5 legs is a 2.01/1 chance.

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