World Matchplay Darts: Emma Paton’s predictions with Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Dimitri van den Bergh in the frame | darts news


Emma Paton

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Emma Paton tries to predict the future with the World Matchplay Darts at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool starting Saturday July 16 to Sunday July 24 – live on Sky Sports Who will lift the Phil Taylor Trophy this year?

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Sky Sports presenter Emma Paton returns to give us her predictions ahead of this summer’s World Matchplay Darts at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Peter Wright will try to outshine the lights along the Promenade as he begins his defense of the Phil Taylor Trophy against debutant Latvian Madars Razma.

Gary Anderson, the 2018 champion, takes on Daryl Gurney, while Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis meet in a clash of the titans of tungsten.

Add in World No. 2 Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith and ‘The Ferret’ Jonny Clayton, and you have an extremely difficult prediction piece to consider. That’s why we decided to let Emma make the big decisions.

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See all nine darts that have been hit in the World Matchplay

starting with mYou just have to see the draws of the first round…

There are a few that stand out for me. Of course, there is the obvious Michael van Gerwen vs. Adrian Lewis. It’s an intriguing draw with MVG returning from surgery and Lewis claiming his first ranking title in three years over the weekend. It should be a brilliant clock on a Sunday night!

We take a look at this classic World Matchplay semi-final between Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis in 2013

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We take a look at this classic World Matchplay semi-final between Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis in 2013

We take a look at this classic World Matchplay semi-final between Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis in 2013

Elsewhere, Luke Humphries vs Nathan Aspinall should have some fireworks! Humphries has been collecting title after title on the Euro Tour and ‘The Asp’ has really found some form in the latter stages of four of the last five Pro Tour events.

I hope Joe Cullen vs Damon Heta is another good watch between two players who should have a lot of confidence with Cullen one step away from lifting the Premier League title last month and Heta lifting the World Cup!

Also, if you thought for a second about not tuning into the Sunday afternoon session, think again! Dirk van Duijvenbode vs Ryan Searle should be captivating.

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Best of the action from Heta's clash with Jonny Clayton in the World Cup of Darts final

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Best of the action from Heta’s clash with Jonny Clayton in the World Cup of Darts final

Best of the action from Heta’s clash with Jonny Clayton in the World Cup of Darts final

Damon Heta is a player who has been in brilliant form recently. It was an emotional end to the World Cup of Darts a few weeks ago with Heta and Simon Whitlock lifting the trophy for the first time. It was the biggest day of his life in darts and he got up there and performed, one wonders what that victory has done and will continue to do for his confidence. Not to mention away from the big stage.

In the last ProTour event before Blackpool at Players Championship 21, he made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to eventual winner Brendan Dolan, but there were some high-quality performances along the way, including an average of 106 in his first match.

Can the World Cup winner have a race in the Winter Gardens? He is one to keep an eye on.

And the winner is?

Van den Bergh wins in the dance department, but what about the darts department?

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Van den Bergh wins in the dance department, but what about the darts department?

Van den Bergh wins in the dance department, but what about the darts department?

…Dimitri van den Bergh!

The Belgian has been one of the standout performers over the last month after taking a first World Series title in Copenhagen at the Nordic Masters, then following it up at the Dutch Darts Masters in Amsterdam.

I was in both, so I had the joy of seeing him go through the rounds and through the gears. He dominated both events, and really dazzled at times. We had the dancing and the entertainment, but he also looked so focused and in the zone on the big stage.

Van den Bergh is a player who has won World Matchplay before, when the tournament was held behind closed doors in 2020 for his first major title, but followed through (and certainly silenced any doubters) by finishing second last year to a relentless Peter Wright.

Can he reach three finals in three years? That would be something to go right?!

Who wins the first Women’s World Matchplay?

Speaking on the Love The Darts podcast, Polly James believes that Women's World Matchplay can inspire the next generation.

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Speaking on the Love The Darts podcast, Polly James believes that Women’s World Matchplay can inspire the next generation.

Speaking on the Love The Darts podcast, Polly James believes that Women’s World Matchplay can inspire the next generation.

Well the real answer is that darts are the winners. But I guess that’s not allowed, so I went with Lisa Ashton here.

There has never been a day of Women’s Series darts where Lisa Ashton hasn’t won a title. Yes, you read that right!

The Lancashire Rose are top seeds and have SEVEN Women’s Series titles to their name and I think they will really rise to the occasion on Sunday afternoon.

What’s brilliant about this event is that we’ve got established names like Ashton, Fallon Sherrock, Lorraine Winstanley and Laura Turner, but we’ll also see some of the real stars of the future, teens like Chloe O’. Brien and Katie Sheldon on the iconic set of Winter Gardens.

With the best-of-seven quarterfinals, anything can happen!

Check out the daily Darts news on skysports.com/darts, our mobile app and our Twitter feed @skysportsdarts. We return for the World Matchplay at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday 16th July, live on Sky Sports Action.

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