Wayne Mardle on the World Matchplay: Wade opposable against menace Webster

Wayne fears James Wade could be vulnerable against Darren Webster in round one
Wayne fears James Wade could be vulnerable against Darren Webster in round one

Saturday sees the start of the World Matchplay Darts at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, and here with his day one thoughts and tips is Sky Sports pundit and commentator Wayne Mardle...


"It's a match I see going a long way. Wade isn't playing with enough confidence to beat anyone convincingly, but he somehow finds a way of crossing the finish line in tight matches."

Michael Smith V Steve West
Saturday, 19:15
Live on Sky Sports

I'm not going to drone on about how good Smith is playing right now. Those who follow the sport week in, week out know that Smith comes here in fine fettle.

West has regressed a little. Six months ago he was playing the darts of his life, now, he can't buy a win.

If Michael can settle into his stride and impose himself on Steve, this will be one way traffic.

West has won the last two meeting between the two, but they were over a much shorter format. The best of 19 legs plays into Smith's hands.

Recommended Bet

Back Smith Most 180s, Highest Checkout & Win Match @ 2/1


James Wade v Darren Webster
Saturday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports


James isn't playing well at all.

This is a place where he has over the last decade played beautifully. It's possible the Winter Gardens may inspire, for him to win here for the second time, it would need to.

Darren Webster is a menace.

Webster is playing with confidence right now. He's a little terrier of a player who will ask Wade plenty of questions.

It's a match I see going a long way. Wade isn't playing with enough confidence to beat anyone convincingly, but he somehow finds a way of crossing the finish line in tight matches.

Recommended Bets

Back Webster +2.5 legs @ 5/6
Back Over 16.5 Legs @ 10/11


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