PDC World Matchplay Betting Tips & Predictions

The 2020 PDC World Matchplay is the 27th edition of an annual darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament is also known as the Betfred World Matchplay for sponsorship reasons.

The PDC World Matchplay is being played from 18-26 July 2020 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, England. The tournament was moved from its planned venue of Winter Gardens in Blackpool because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are 32 players competing including the top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit and top 16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit.

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PDC World Matchplay FAQs

Where can I watch PDC World Matchplay Live Streaming?

Check our live streaming calendar to see where to watch PDC World Matchplay live streaming.

Where is the 2020 PDC World Matchplay being played?

The 2020 PDC World Matchplay is being played behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, England.

When is the 2020 PDC World Matchplay being played?

The 2020 PDC World Matchplay is being played from 18-26 July 2020.

Who is the PDC World Matchplay defending champion?

Rob Cross is the defending champion after winning his first PDC World Matchplay title with an 18-13 win over Michael Smith in the 2019 final.

Who has won the most PDC World Matchplay titles?

Phil Taylor stands alone having won 16 PDC World Matchplay titles. Michael van Gerwen and Rod Harrington have both won two World Matchplay titles.

How many players are competing in the 2020 PDC World Matchplay?

There are 32 players competing in the 2020 PDC World Matchplay.

What players are competing in the 2020 PDC World Matchplay?

The 32 players competing in the 2020 PDC World Matchplay are Michael van Gerwen, Joe Cullen, Peter Wright, Brendan Dolan, Gerwyn Price, José de Sousa, Rob Cross, Danny Noppert, Michael Smith, Jermaine Wattimena, Nathan Aspinall, Gabriel Clemens, Daryl Gurney, Jonny Clayton, Gary Anderson, Jamie Hughes, James Wade, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Dave Chisnall, Ryan Joyce, Ian White, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Mensur Suljović, Justin Pipe, Krzysztof Ratajski, Vincent van der Voort, Adrian Lewis, Keegan Brown, Glen Durrant, Steve Beaton, Simon Whitlock, Ricky Evans.

PDC World Matchplay Live Streaming

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PDC World Matchplay Betting Odds

All major online bookies will have betting odds available for PDC World Matchplay. The main darts betting markets are Match Winner, Correct Score, Handicap, Most 180s, Total Sets, Total Legs, Player To Score Highest Checkout and Total 180s.

There are also outright betting markets such as PDC World Matchplay winner.

PDC World Matchplay Prize Money

The prize money for the inaugural World Matchplay in 1994 was £42,800. It has grown over the years with £700,000 on offer for the 2020 PDC World Matchplay.

PositionPrize Money
Winner £150,000
Runner-Up £70,000
Semi-finalists £50,000
Quarter-finalists £25,000
Second round £15,000
First round £10,000

PDC World Matchplay Format

All games at the PDC World Matchplay have to be won by two clear legs. Games are extended if necessary up to six extra legs before a tie-break leg is required. 

  • First round - Best of 19 legs
  • Second round - Best of 21 legs
  • Quarter-finals - Best of 31 legs
  • Semi-finals - Best of 33 legs
  • Final - Best of 35 legs

PDC World Matchplay Schedule

The 2020 PDC World Matchplay is being played from 18-26 July 2020.

First round 18-21 July
Second round 21-22 July
Quarter-finals 23-24 July
Semi-finals 25 July
Final 26 July

PDC World Matchplay Draw

Check the 2020 PDC World Matchplay draw to see each players' route to the final. This is a great way to find value on the outright betting markets.

PDC World Matchplay First Round Draw

  • Adrian Lewis vs Steve Beaton
  • Daryl Gurney vs Ricky Evans
  • Dave Chisnall vs Vincent van der Voort
  • Gary Anderson vs Justin Pipe
  • Gerwyn Price vs Danny Noppert
  • Glen Durrant vs Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Ian White vs Joe Cullen
  • James Wade vs Keegan Brown
  • Krzysztof Ratajski vs Jermaine Wattimena
  • Mensur Suljovic vs Jamie Hughes
  • Michael Smith vs Jonny Clayton
  • Michael van Gerwen vs Brendan Dolan
  • Nathan Aspinall vs Dimitri van den Bergh
  • Peter Wright vs Jose De Sousa
  • Rob Cross vs Gabriel Clemens
  • Simon Whitlock vs Ryan Joyce

PDC World Matchplay Results

Get the latest PDC World Matchplay results to give yourself the best chance of building your bankroll betting on the darts tournament. Stay ahead of the competition and place your bets before the odds get shorter.

PDC World Matchplay Champions & Runners-up

Larry Butler won the inaugural PDC World Matchplay title in 1994 before Phil Taylor took over. Taylor won five straight titles from 2000-04 and seven straight titles from 2008-14.

YearChampion (final average)ScoreRunner-up (final average)Prize money
2020 tbc tbc tbc £700,000
2019 Rob Cross (95.16) 18–13 Michael Smith (95.91) £700,000
2018 Gary Anderson (101.12) 21–19 Mensur Suljović (104.43) £500,000
2017 Phil Taylor (104.24) 18–8 Peter Wright (99.74) £500,000
2016 Michael van Gerwen (103.93) 18–10 Phil Taylor (101.13) £450,000
2015 Michael van Gerwen (99.91) 18–12 James Wade (90.37) £450,000
2014 Phil Taylor (107.19) 18–9 Michael van Gerwen (101.49) £450,000
2013 Phil Taylor (111.23) 18–13 Adrian Lewis (105.92) £400,000
2012 Phil Taylor (98.97) 18–15 James Wade (95.92) £400,000
2011 Phil Taylor (103.84) 18–8 James Wade (98.84) £400,000
2010 Phil Taylor (105.16) 18–12 Raymond van Barneveld (100.11) £400,000
2009 Phil Taylor (106.05) 18–4 Terry Jenkins (92.32) £400,000
2008 Phil Taylor (109.47) 18–9 James Wade (102.58) £300,000
2007 James Wade (96.83) 18–7 Terry Jenkins (91.62) £200,000
2006 Phil Taylor (100.08) 18–11 James Wade (90.01) £150,000
2005 Colin Lloyd (97.89) 18–12 John Part (94.53) £120,000
2004 Phil Taylor (100.20) 18–8 Mark Dudbridge (89.24) £100,000
2003 Phil Taylor (94.38) 18–12 Wayne Mardle (97.44) £80,000
2002 Phil Taylor (98.76) 18–16 John Part (94.14) £75,500
2001 Phil Taylor (99.57) 18–10 Richie Burnett (90.99) £65,000
2000 Phil Taylor (100.32) 18–12 Alan Warriner (97.14) £58,000
1999 Rod Harrington (85.95) 19–17 Peter Manley (86.91) £58,000
1998 Rod Harrington (95.03) 19–17 Ronnie Baxter (94.07) £58,000
1997 Phil Taylor (106.32) 16–11 Alan Warriner (98.42) £46,000
1996 Peter Evison (100.51) 16–14 Dennis Priestley (96.67) £46,000
1995 Phil Taylor (90.72) 16–11 Dennis Priestley (87.63) £42,800
1994 Larry Butler (90.72) 16–12 Dennis Priestley (91.59) £42,800

PDC World Matchplay Qualification 

The top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit qualify for the PDC World Matchplay and are all seeded for the tournament. The top 16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit also qualify but are unseeded.

The following players have qualified for the 2020 tournament:

PDC Order of Merit

1. Michael van Gerwen
2. Peter Wright
3. Gerwyn Price
4. Rob Cross
5. Michael Smith
6. Nathan Aspinall
7. Daryl Gurney
8. Gary Anderson
9. James Wade
10. Dave Chisnall
11. Ian White
12. Mensur Suljović
13. Krzysztof Ratajski
14. Adrian Lewis
15. Glen Durrant
16. Simon Whitlock

PDC ProTour Qualifiers

1. Joe Cullen
2. Brendan Dolan
3. José de Sousa
4. Danny Noppert
5. Jermaine Wattimena
6. Gabriel Clemens
7. Jonny Clayton
8. Jamie Hughes
9. Jeffrey de Zwaan
10. Ryan Joyce
11. Dimitri Van den Bergh
12. Justin Pipe
13. Vincent van der Voort
14. Keegan Brown
15. Steve Beaton
16. Ricky Evans

PDC World Matchplay Highlights

Watch PDC World Matchplay highlights to get more information about what is happening in matches and who is handling the pressure of playing in a big tournament.

PDC World Matchplay News

Get all the latest PDC World Matchplay news from the official PDC World Matchplay website.

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PDC World Matchplay History

PDC World Matchplay began in 1994 in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England. Larry Butler won the tournament after beating Dennis Priestley 16-12 in the final.

The 1995 World Matchplay was Jocky Wilson's last appearance in a major televised darts even with a second round defeat against Nigel Justice effectively ending his career.

Over the course of the World Matchplay's 26-year existence there have only been nine different winners. They are Phil Taylor (16), Rod Harrington (2), Michael van Gerwen (2), Gary Anderson (1), Larry Butler (1), Rob Cross (1), Peter Evison (1), Colin Lloyd (1) and James Wade (1).

From 2018 the World Matchplay champion receives the Phil Taylor Trophy. The trophy was announced by the PDC following the retirement of the 16 time winner.

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