Aside from the opening session of his second round match, Michael van Gerwen has been nowhere near his best in this year's tournament but is still favourite to go all the way and win it for a third time at 11/4, with Dimitri Van den Bergh, the player who has been so consistent on the outer ring in the opening rounds available at 11/2 to lift the trophy for the second time in three years.
Bully Boy to overpower another 180 hitting machine
Michael Smith survived quite a scare in his opening match of the tournament, needing to come back from 8-4 down to claim victory over Andrew Gilding and after the match said it was largely because he had his children in the crowd and wanted to set a good example to them that they should never give up.
That's something Bully Boy has learnt how to do over recent months and while Gold Finger's slower and more methodical style of play didn't suit the St Helens man, his next match is set to be an absolute thriller.
When I spoke to Michael after his game, he said he's going to need to get his fitness up for his match against Dirk van Duijvenbode and that he's looking forward to being out of breath after three visits to the board, such will be the pace of this one.
Both players came into this tournament in good form - Smith winning the US Darts Masters and Dutch Darts Championship as well as three Players Championship events since the beginning of May. He has won the last five finals he has been in while DVD won the last Players Championship event he played in before taking a few days off to go back home.
Dirk in particular took a while to get going on the maximum front in their opening round games and after his match the aubergine farmer said that he struggled to settle until he hit his first 180 despite still scoring well and hitting a lorry load of 140s.
Despite not filling the treble 20 segment until the 10th leg, the Dutchman still managed to register seven 180s and I think we could see a very high scoring encounter on Wednesday evening between these two. I'm backing 15 or more total 180s at 6/5.
I also think there's value in backing each player to have two or more ton plus checkouts in the game at 10/3.
Jose playing his way into form
Prior to the start of this tournament I don't think many, including myself, gave Jose de Sousa much chance of winning the World Matchplay this year. He was the seed out of form coming here to Blackpool and his scoring power had somewhat deserted him.
From seemingly nowhere, he managed to produce a mighty fine performance to book his place in round two with 12 140s and six 180s along the way.
Despite a bounce out when attempting tops, tops to win the match, The Special One maintained his composure and took out 136 to get the job done in the following leg.
As for his opponent, the 2019 Winter Gardens winner became just the second player in Matchplay history to overturn an 8-2 deficit to progress.
Dealing with the heat was a huge issue for Voltage early on as sweaty hands prevented him from releasing his darts properly, meaning they slipped out of his hands.
At no point did Rob look cross though (sorry!) and after staying on stage at the second break, worked his way back into the contest with some good and not so good finishing.
If de Sousa brings the same scoring power on Wednesday evening, I think over 10.5 match 180s at EVS is very likely to come in.