Wayne Mardle World Matchplay Tips: Thornton to feel the Payne against Josh

Robert Thornton has an awful record at the Winter Gardes, played 7 lost 7
Robert Thornton has an awful record at the Winter Gardes, played 7 lost 7

It's day one of the World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and our man Wayne Mardle is taking on a big-name player who simply has an awful record at this venue...

"Thornton' record is played seven lost seven, sheesh, that's brutal for someone so good."

Back Josh Payne @ 17/10 to beat Robert Thornton

Vincent van der Voort v Kyle Anderson

Saturday, 19:00
Live on Sky Sports

The opening game of the tournament should be a good one, an edgy encounter possibly. Both these players will fancy their chances, I suppose you could say they are both pleased with their draw.

Vincent is the lowest of the seeds, 16th.

The big Dutchman is a capable and very dangerous player when in the mood. I'm a firm believer that Vincent is a huge underachiever. He really should win more and reach the latter stages of big tournaments more frequently, his talent is instinctive and when he's in a rhythm he's great to watch.

Kyle looked scared and totally out of his comfort zone at the World Cup of Darts last month, all credit to him though, he found some confidence and belief from somewhere to beat Raymond Van Barneveld in a singles match.

The really likeable Australian has promised on occasions but always comes up shy.

Both Kyle and Vincent can at times lack composure in the heat of battle, but in my opinion Vincent's doubling percentage will be higher than Kyle's.

So often the outer ring has proven Anderson's weakness. With this in mind I will be backing Van Der Voort in this opener.

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Back Van der Voort @ 23/20 to beat beat Kyle Anderson

Robert Thornton v Josh Payne

Saturday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports

Robert, what is it about Blackpool that you dislike so much? Is it the Winter Gardens? the heat? Whatever it is it's enough to disarm The Thorn of all his darting powers. When up on that stage it looks like he's trying not to lose rather than going for the win.

Thornton' record is played seven lost seven, sheesh, that's brutal for someone so good.

Robert hasn't been playing well for a good few months now. To get out of a slump you need belief, the game and the stomach for a fight. I'm sure Robert has all these but it's just not going his way right now.

Robert, the world number eight hasn't reached a quarter final (in a singles event) since winning the Grand Prix last October. He's clearly out of confidence.

I'll be backing Josh Payne for a few reasons, he's on the up, he isn't battle scarred and hasn't had his enthusiasm beaten out of him... and boy he has ability.

Josh won a tour event in April, beating James Wade in the final. He's a young man who clearly has the attributes to succeed.

This is Joshs' big stage debut so there's always a concern that it might be too much and get to him but I'm willing to take that chance.

I'd be surprised if he under-performed, I think he has a composed nature and will handle the situation.

Recommended Bet
Back Josh Payne @ 17/10 to beat Robert Thornton

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