Betting-Previews.com brings you betting previews and predictions for the fourth day of play at the 2021 PDC World Matchplay. On today’s menu, we have the opening four 1/8 finals bouts, where eight of the best darts players on the Tour will vie for a spot in the quarter-finals and a guaranteed £25,000 in tournament winnings.
2021 PDC World Matchplay – Day 3 Recap
We sent out four betting predictions with our 2021 PDC World Matchplay – Day 3 Picks and enjoyed a strong start of the day with White and Gurnley extending their clash to 17 legs. It, however, went downhill from there, with King and Heta both losing their bouts, while Anderson and Bunting decided to end the game a bit sooner than what we expected.
However, today is a new day, and another opportunity for us to redeem ourselves with our four picks for 2021 PDC World Matchplay fixtures played on Tuesday, July 20. As always, we strongly encourage anyone who is betting on our selections to look around for the best betting odds to get the most of our service.
Cross R. – Rydz C.
Tuesday, July 20 – 19:10 BST
Rob Cross defeated Ross Smith 10-8 in the opening round of play with an outstanding performance, whereas Callan Rydz showed some struggles in his win against Glen Durrant (10-6), averaging a poor 82.04.
The Voltage has registered his sixth straight victory last time out and certainly looks to be in the shape of his life. He hadn’t been as impressive in 2020, but there’s a noticeable improvement in his play on the year.
Rydz, on the other side, has been struggling. His 82.04 average against Durrant marked his fifth consecutive match where he failed to break 90.0, and while he enjoyed a strong start (5-0) of the match, Rydz started to show cracks and eventually dragged his way across the line.
On the season, Rydz has averaged 93.79, which is solid enough but still far below Cross, who hols a seasonal average of 96.16. This is one of those games where you can’t make a strong case for the outsider, and we won’t try and make it seem like Cross has any obvious weaknesses Rydz will be able to exploit.
Prediction: Rob Cross -2.5 Legs – 1.90 at SBOBET, 1.80 at Unibet, BetVictor
Humphries L. – Ratajski K.
Tuesday, July 20 – 20:10 BST
Krzysztof Ratajski won against Brendan Dolan (10-4) with an outstanding 101.57 average, which marked the highest average of the first round of play. On the other side, Luke Humphries crushed James Wade (10-3) with the second-highest round one average of 101.8.
Humphries has also won eight of his ten legs in 15 darts or less and checked out 10/13 chances at 80. What’s more, the “Cool Hand Luke” had hit eight 180s and had a first-nine dart average of 110.51.
Humphries has been outstanding of late, averaging +90 in 24 of his last 25 matches; however, while we praise him, we must also give some attention to “The Polish Eagle”, who has averaged +100 in four of his last five.
Ratajski is 2-0 up in the head-to-head; but, we like Humphries better for this match due to his strong showings on big stages. This will be a thrilling match, but Humphries’s ability to hit 180s should be enough to earn him his first H2H victory since December 2020.
Prediction: Luke Humphries to win – 2.09 at Pinnacle, 2.00 at Bet365, Matchbook, Betway, William Hill
Price G. – Clayton J.
Tuesday, July 20 – 21:10 BST
The current world no.1 and the Premier League champion will clash on Thursday, July 20, in an exciting clash featuring two of the best players on the Tour.
The Iceman secured a very comfortable victory on Saturday, when he beat Jermaine Wattimena with 10-4, with a 96.24 average. On the other side, Jonny Clayton secured a 10-7 victory against a formidable opponent in Dirk Van Duijvenbode, who put up a good fight, yet still came out short against “The Ferret”.
Gerwyn Price met with Clayton met 15 times and won 10 outings to secure a comfortable 10-5 head-to-head lead. What’s more, he has won all of his last seven meetings against the current world champion.
Price is averaging 99-24 on the season and a respectable 0.31 rate of 180s per leg. Clayton’s averages are pretty similar, with 99.14, while his 180s per leg sits at 0.28.
Price enters this match as a 1.57 (Bet365) favourite, while Clayton is priced as a 2.37 (Bet365) underdog. It’s a fair price considering their metrics and the head-to-head record.
This will be a match no fan of darts should miss, but unfortunately, there is no value in betting on it.
van den Bergh D. – Chisnall D.
Tuesday, July 20 – 22:10 BST
Dimitri Van Den Bergh and Dave Chisnall met in the Last 16 of the World Championship, which ended in favour of Chisnall, who won 4-2. Both players averaged +100 on the day, while van Den Bergh actually outscored “Chizzy” in the 180s (12-7).
Van Den Bergh beat Devon Petersen 10-5 quite effortlessly in the opening round; however, it’s worth pointing out that Petersen averaged only 84.05 on the day. What’s more, Petersen did not hit a single 180s on the day, which seems to be the theme for all of van Den Bergh’s opponents in his last three outings.
That, however, is bound to change tonight, as Van Den Bergh takes on Chisnall. The latter is one of the best 180s hitters on the Tour, averaging 0.33 per leg on the year and has also hit four in his 2021 PDC World Matchplay opener against Vincent Van Der Voort.
Chisnall has averaged 95.69 on the year; however, he seems to do much better on stage, where he has managed a 99.57 across his last 12 outings. During that stretch, he hasn’t scored lower than 96.07.
Van den Bergh’s average on the year is about the same as Chisnall’s, at 99.60; however, he has managed right +100s in his last 12 matches on stage.
Van den Bergh is the rightful favourite (1.53 at Bet365), and while he will likely come out ahead, it won’t be a one-sided affair. Expect a tight affair that can easily reach 19 legs.
Prediction: Over 18.5 Legs – 1.95 at William Hill, 1.83 at Bet365
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