The 2021 World Matchplay continues on Monday evening, with two-time champion Michael van Gerwen taking on the Australian Damon Heta.
Incredibly, van Gerwen is yet to win a title in 2021, with World No. 41 Heta still looking to add to his only career win, which came after beating Rob Cross in the final of the Brisbane Masters in 2019.
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MVG is odds-on 2/7 favourite to progress, with Heta considered a 13/5 underdog, and don’t forget you can read about how to watch the World Matchplay darts live streaming tonight with this useful guide.
Michael Van Gerwen Odds World Matchplay
Van Gerwen has vowed to improve in front of what is set to be the largest crowd in a darts match since the Premier League was held in Liverpool in 2019.
“[Blackpool] is a lovely venue, it’s wonderful. It feels like it is your first time again probably, because with the crowds and everything, it is a bit new.
“I have been practising hard, I am starting to pick up my game. I think I am playing quite well at a decent level. I know there are a few steps to make, but I am capable of doing that I think.
“[The World Matchplay] is a tournament I love with the format and everything, so I hope I can do some damage there. I feel good about it.”
Despite being far from his best so far this year, there is an argument that the World No. 3 has been a little unlucky not to lift at least one trophy.
He still has the second best average of any player on tour, but that comes with the territory of being considered the man to beat: players regularly raise their game against the Dutchman, as we saw when he was defeated against Peter Wright and Luke Humphries at the Pro Tour and UK Open respectively despite averaging around 106.
If he plays anywhere near that level on Monday against Heta, who admittedly has improved in recent times, he should comfortably reach the next round.
Personally, I like the look of Sky Bet’s Price Boost of MVG to win the match, hit the most 180s and the highest outright checkout at 7/2.
I think MVG will come out all guns blazing on Monday evening; there is simply no other darts player around who uses the adrenaline of a crowd to his advantage as well as the 32-year-old does.