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Betfred World Matchplay 2021 Odds | MVG and Price joint favourites for glory

Jamie Shaw in World Matchplay 16 Jul 2021
Michael van Gerwen celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen have been installed as joint favourites to claim the 2021 Betfred World Matchplay title.

The historic major returns to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for the first time since 2019 and will feature 32 players competing for £700,000 in prize money and the Phil Taylor Trophy from July 17-25.

The top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit are seeded in the draw and are joined by 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

Van Gerwen claimed the Matchplay title back-to-back in 2015 and 2016 and is bidding to secure his first tournament win of the season.

Mighty Mike’s last major success came at the Players Championship Finals last November, while his Premier League quest fell at the Semi-Final hurdle.

The Dutch superstar is seeded number three and situated in the bottom half of the draw, making for a potential collision course to meet rival Price in the final.

Van Gerwen, who could meet Gary Anderson in the Quarter-Finals, starts out at generous pre-tournament odds of 5/1 with title sponsors Betfred.

World number one Price is aiming to complete a memorable World Championship and World Matchplay double in the same calendar year, but will need to improve on a miserable record at the Winter Gardens if he is to do so.

Price reached the Quarter-Finals on his debut here in 2015 but has since failed to make it beyond Round Two, suffering four consecutive exits at the first hurdle.

The Welshman will be out to make up for lost time having been forced to miss the Premier League due to a positive Covid test and is priced at 5/1 to lift the Phil Taylor Trophy for the first time.

Elsewhere, Dimitri van den Bergh is looking to become only the fourth player in the history of the World Matchplay to successfully retain the title, which he won on debut in Milton Keynes 12 months ago.

The Belgian ace starts out at 12/1 for a remarkable Matchplay double but may have to overcome Price in the Quarter-Finals.

Jose De Sousa reached the final of the Premier League in his debut campaign and the Portuguese scoring machine is the 7/1 third favourite to add this trophy to his Grand Slam crown in 2020.

Peter Wright, runner-up here in 2017, is 8/1 to go one better as he bids to continue the form which saw him claim the Players Championship 20 title just over a week ago.

Man of the moment Jonny Clayton is well-fancied at 14/1 to follow up his Premier League and Masters triumphs with a third televised title of the year but could face an all-Welsh show-down with Price in Round Two.

James Wade, the 2007 champion who has reached a further five Matchplay finals, is 20/1 to back up his UK Open success earlier this year with an 11th major televised title.

Gary Anderson is priced at 25/1 to replicate his 2018 heroics in Blackpool, while former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall is available at the same odds to add to his tally.

Rob Cross, the most recent champion at this venue, is 33/1 to go back-to-back in Blackpool, with Michael Smith – the man Cross beat in the 2019 final – on offer at 28/1 to go one better this time around.

Betfred World Matchplay 2021 Outright Odds

5/1 Michael van Gerwen
5/1 Gerwyn Price
7/1 Jose de Sousa
8/1 Peter Wright
12/1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
14/1 Jonny Clayton
20/1 James Wade
25/1 Nathan Aspinall, Gary Anderson
28/1 Michael Smith
33/1 Dirk van Duijvenbode, Dave Chisnall, Krzysztof Ratajski, Rob Cross
40/1 Joe Cullen
50/1 Luke Humphries
66/1 Brendan Dolan, Chris Dobey, Mervyn King
80/1 Daryl Gurney, Stephen Bunting, Gabriel Clemens, Ian White, Damon Heta
100/1 Ross Smith, Devon Petersen, Callan Rydz, Danny Noppert
150/1 Jermaine Wattimena, Vincent van der Voort
200/1 Glen Durrant