Wayne Mardle World Matchplay Tips: Barney to win with ease and Whitlock can surprise

Youngster Michael Smith could be in trouble tonight against Wayn'e pick Simon Whitlock
Youngster Michael Smith could be in trouble tonight against Wayn'e pick Simon Whitlock

Three winners from four selections on Sunday night for Wayne Mardle helped ease the pain of James Wade's early exit from the competition, and our man is back with two more recommended wagers ahead of tonight's action in Blackpool...


"I believe these two are very closely matched in ability. Simon has suffered a decline in recent years but that's halted and he can now start moving upwards again."

Back Whitlock @ 7/5 to beat Smith

Raymond van Barneveld v Brendan Dolan

Monday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports


What's happened to Brendan? His confidence is shot and his ranking is falling quicker than the pound. This time last year Dolan was seeded 11, he's now ranked 21st in the world.

Without sounding too harsh, I think this is a match were Barney could reel off leg after leg.

If Raymond plays well and Brendan's lack of belief and confidence continues this won't last long.

Backing RVB on the handicap has to be the bet.

Recommended Bet
Back Van Barneveld -5.5 Legs @ 19/10 to beat Dolan


Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock

Monday, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports


If you read my tournament preview before the event you'd have noticed that I think Simon is over priced.

Yes it'll take some doing, yes it'll take a chunk of luck and yes it'll take a few of his opponents fluffing their lines, Leicester City won the Premier League remember. Haha.

Anyway, I think this game is very winnable for Whitlock. Michael Smith hasn't been in full flow and will be very wary of the quality Simon can produce.

I believe these two are very closely matched in ability. Simon has suffered a decline in recent years but that's halted and he can now start moving upwards again.

This could go all the way, maybe even to a tie-break, but I just favour the Aussie to edge it.

Recommended Bet
Back Whitlock @ 7/5 to beat Smith


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