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World Matchplay darts double: Tight Taylor and Wade ties tipped

| 24.07.2015

It pays to stick with news.ladbrokes during the World Matchplay darts, with a handicap double that payed out just shy of 5/2 landed thanks to Michael van Gerwen’s heart-stopping 16-13 victory over Ian White, along with Peter Wright’s 16-7 cruise against Gerwyn Price.

We’ve gone back to the well at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens ahead of the next batch of last-eight shootouts, with a 23/10 double put up for punting perusal:

Mensur Suljovic (+5.5) to beat James Wade @ 8/11

Serbia-born Suljovic, who flies the flag of his adopted country Austria, stunned the darts world by beating Triple Crown-chasing Scot Garry Anderson in the last round, but the 43-year-old had served notice of his form in recent months.

No first-round loser managed as high an average during last December’s PDC World Championship, where Suljovic went out to Phil Taylor’s 2014 conqueror Michael Smith, and he holds a fine head-to-head record against Wade, winning three of their five clashes including earlier this month in Wigan.

Add in his 13-9 win over Anderson and Suljovic seems mispriced to at least keep it close.

Dave Chisnall (+3.5) to beat Phil Taylor @ 10/11

Evidence of the Power’s waning…powers can be seen in his record against Chisnall; having lost just two of 14 clashes with the Morecambe-based flinger between October 2013 and February this year, Taylor has only won one of three such matches since.

After battling back from 7-4 down to see off improving youngster Keegan Brown last time out, and having got to within three legs of the 14-time PDC World Champion in their last first-to-16 fixture at last November’s Grand Slam of Darts, Chisnall on the handicap looks a fair price at just under evens.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.