World Matchplay Darts Odds 2023 – Favourites, Draw & Prize Money

In this post we take a look at the World Matchplay Darts odds as we get you ready for one of the biggest events in the darting calendar.

World Matchplay 2023 Info

Venue: Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England

When? Starts at 7.00 pm, Saturday, 15th of July (Runs until Final on 23rd of July)

What Channel? Sky Sports Action

The 2023 World Matchplay will be the 30th annual staging of the World Matchplay, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation.

The tournament will take place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, from 15 to 23 July 2023.

The defending champion is Michael van Gerwen, who won his third World Matchplay last year, defeating Gerwyn Price 18–14 in the 2022 final.

World Matchplay Darts Odds

World Matchplay Darts Odds 2023
Player Odds Chance
Gerwyn Price 7/2 22.2%
Michael van Gerwen 4/1 20%
Michael Smith 5/1 16.7%
Luke Humphries 14/1 6.7%
Josh Rock 16/1 5.9%
Peter Wright 16/1 5.9%
Jonny Clayton 18/1 5.3%
Rob Cross 20/1 4.8%

World Matchplay Darts Betting Favourites

Gerwyn Price – 7/2

The Welshman and fourth-seed is favourite to avenge defeat from Michael Van Gerwen last year to win the event this year as the current in-form thrower on the oche.

Last month he, along with Johnny Clayton, won the 2023 World Cup of Darts. In Price’s last 200 legs, he leads the Averages with 98.29, and his 79 171-180 score is only less than Dobey and Humphries with 81.

Michael Van Gerwen – 4/1

The reigning and defending Champion and three-time winner of this event is expected to be thereabouts again, as he always tends to be.

The 2023 Premier League winner did not participate in last month’s World Cup of Darts. While not the unstoppable force he was before van Gerwen is still one of the sport’s very best. In his last 200 legs, he has the sixth-highest average of 96.84 and third-most 171-180s. The Dutch man’s A-Game is arguably on a different level to anyone else.

Michael Smith – 5/1

The World Number 1 and 2023 World Champion showed at the beginning of the year with that victory that he is not the serial choker that many people were unfairly labelling him as.

Smith’s last 200 legs, however, only have him averaging the ninth highest with 96.18 but with crucially the fourth-best Double Rate at 41.56%

Luke Humphries – 14/1

An outside bet with more than an outside chance, Humphries has been tipped to have the game to win one of the Majors for a few years now with his three World Championship Quarter-Final appearances. However, his best result at the Matchplay is only a Last 16 finish in 2021 and he will be hoping to correct that record this time around.

In his last 200 legs, he has the third-highest average with 97.79, the joint most 171-180 scores with 81 and the second-best Double Rate with 42.56%. Given that form Humphries is certainly a man to watch out for in this tournament.

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World Matchplay Darts Format

All matches have to be won by two clear legs, with a match being extended, if necessary, for a maximum of six extra legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a first to 10 legs first-round match, if the score reaches 12–12, then the 25th leg will be the decider.

The matches get longer as the tournament progresses:

First round: First to 10 legs

Second round: First to 11 legs

Quarter-finals: First to 16 legs

Semi-finals: First to 17 legs

Final: First to 18 legs

Tournament Qualification & Seeding

The top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit on 11 July are seeded for the tournament, with the remaining 16 places being filled with the top-16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit not to have already qualified on the cut-off date will be unseeded.

The following players qualified for the tournament:

PDC Order of Merit

  1. Michael Smith
  2. Peter Wright
  3. Michael van Gerwen
  4. Gerwyn Price
  5. Rob Cross
  6. Luke Humphries
  7. Jonny Clayton
  8. Danny Noppert
  9. Nathan Aspinall
  10. Dimitri Van den Bergh
  11. Dirk van Duijvenbode
  12. Dave Chisnall
  13. Joe Cullen
  14. Damon Heta
  15. Ryan Searle
  16. James Wade

PDC ProTour Qualifiers

Josh Rock

Martin Schindler

Ross Smith

Krzysztof Ratajski

Jose de Sousa

Andrew Gliding

Gary Anderson

Stephen Bunting

Gabriel Clemens

Chris Dobey

Raymond Van Barneveld

Daryl Gurney

Mike De Decker

Steve Beaton

Brendan Dolan

Kim Huybrechts

World Matchplay Darts 2023 Draw

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