The final day of the European Darts Matchplay begins with the last 16 of the competition in the afternoon on Sunday before the remainder of the tournament takes place in the evening session as the third to last event on the European Tour draw comes to a close.
We have some really juicy matches as early as the last 16 to enjoy on Sunday. As ever with these tournaments, we will only have chance to preview the afternoon session with time restrains stopping us from hitting the evening.
First Four Matches
We begin with the pick of the matches in the afternoon session when the two men who competed in the final in Austria last week battle it out in the last 16 here as Michael van Gerwen takes on Mensur Suljovic. Adrian Lewis will then continue to look to get his career back on track when he takes on the Polish star Krzysztof Ratajski for a place in the quarter final. The third match of the afternoon is a good looking battle as the World Matchplay champion Rob Cross taking on the former World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney. We then go to the break when Dave Chisnall takes on Ricky Evans in a match which isn’t going to take long however many legs it contains.
Later Four Matches
One of the players of the European Tour circuit this season gets us back in action after the break when Ian White takes on Jonny Clayton in a match the former will be expected to win. James Wade then steps out as a favourite against the veteran Wayne Jones who had a fine win over Nathan Aspinall on Saturday. William O’Connor seems to love this tournament and will be looking to make it back into the quarter finals of it when he meets Joe Cullen before the final match of the round sees Gerwyn Price taking on Glen Durrant in another tasty encounter.
I’ll go with the one bet in the last 16 here. This just feels like a round to watch and enjoy rather than lay out a load of bets on it. The first, third and last matches look like being top quality but it is one of the other matches which catches my eye from a betting point of view. It is the one between William O’Connor and Joe Cullen which takes my attention for the day.
O’Connor was a beaten finalist here last year and based on his two wins so far in this tournament he is lining up another decent tilt at the title. He has beaten Max Hopp in the first round and Peter Wright in the second round, both 6-5 which means he has held his nerve in the tight moments which I always like. To be fair to Cullen he had a good win on Saturday against Jamie Hughes but he only hit two scores of 140 or more in the entire match. O’Connor matched that number in 180s alone in his win over Wright. The Irishman has good memories of this tournament and at even money he looks the bet to me here.
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