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Craig Porter 19th Jul 2009 - 11:20

Jackpot joy under the Blackpool lights

Three opening night matches kick off the World Matchplay darts at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

The three favourites for tonight, Adrian Lewis, Colin Lloyd and Mervyn King, can be backed in our enhanced accumulator at 13/5 which brings 8% better returns than trebling the individual selections.

Let's see what else is available for your darts betting delight but first some useful info to remember.

The first game starts just after 19:00 and follow on from there. The games are "Best of 19" in this round, but they must be won by two clear legs, i.e. 10-8, 11-9. 12-10, etc. You need to be looking for players that can close a match.

Adrian Lewis v Co Stompé - bet now

This is the best chance of an upset tonight. Adrian "Jackpot" Lewis is deservedly the favourite but he is unbelieveably inconsistent for a player that showed so much promise a couple of years ago.

Stompé may be a newcomer to this event, having only joined the PDC this year, but the 46 year-old has a wealth of experience behind him, but having seen him casually missing doubles under no pressure, I can see him throwing vital legs away.

But he will also show his brilliance with some big finishes (11/10 for the Highest Checkout) and stay in the game right until the end, mainly due to Lewis losing both his temper and patience.

This match will go all the way. Lewis to win 10-7 or 10-8 are 7/1 or any Lewis win higher than that (e.g. 11-9, 12-10, etc.) is 13/2.

Colin Lloyd v Wayne Jones - bet now

If ever a man needed a confidence boost then it's former World Number 1 Colin Lloyd - and that's what he'll get tonight. He's too big at 8/11 to beat poor old Wayne Jones who has failed to progress past the opening round of this tournament in two previous attempts.

Lloyd, World Matchplay winner in 2005,  has suffered a terrible and sustained drop in form but the Essex boy won't be troubled here. Big prices mean you can afford to spread your stakes and I'd be looking at 10-3 (25/1), 10-4 (16/1), 10-5 (12/1) correct scores.

The arrows won't be pretty though I wouldn't imagine. Under 5.5 maximums in the game is a large looking Even money.

Mervyn King v Mark Dudbridge - bet now

Mervyn King must still be fuming from the 10-1 defeat he suffered at the hands of Raymond van Barneveld in Las Vegas last month. King, a player that genuinely works hard on his game, will be looking for revenge. Poor Mark Dudbridge could be the recipient of King's sting.

King is 2/7 to win this match, a fair price but which makes any value about the place dry up. Will King exact exactly the same scoreline he was defeated by? Probably, and it's 25/1, but he won't get it.

Flash has more about him than that and will grind three or four legs out of King as the crowd gets behind him and on King's back. More than 6.5 180s at 5/6 is a bet - King, if he is back on form, will knock those off himself as he has a point to prove.

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