Ladbrokes Masters Darts 2021 Day Three preview and order of play: First silverware of the season up for grabs

The first televised title winner of the new season will be crowned at the Ladbrokes Masters on Sunday as the final eight players battle it out.

The newly-expanded 24-player invitational has already delivered drama aplenty in Milton Keynes and is set for a fascinating conclusion over two sessions.

The afternoon session plays host to the Quarter-Finals, with three World Champions among the stars left standing at the Marshall Arena.

Gerwyn Price marked his first outing as the new World Champion and world number one with a thumping 10-3 victory over Joe Cullen on Saturday, averaging 104.3 in picking up from where he left off at Alexandra Palace 27 days ago.

The Welsh star is targeting his fifth televised title in as many months as he looks to become the third consecutive reigning World Champion to also win the Ladbrokes Masters in the same year.

Price, making his fourth straight appearance in the Ladbrokes Masters, has never been beyond the Quarter-Final stage and faces a box office show-down with his old foe Adrian Lewis.

The pair will contest their first televised meeting in five years after Lewis avenged his defeat to Price from the previous year at the 2016 World Matchplay.

Lewis branded Price “A nobody” in his Sky interview after the match but the pair have since buried the hatchet and have met several times on the ProTour.

Lewis has enjoyed a remarkable return to form this weekend, edging out Michael Smith 6-5 before defeating Gary Anderson 10-8 with a 98.5 average.

He is now vying to reach his first televised Semi-Final since the 2017 World Matchplay and become the first player to defeat the newly-crowned World Champion.

Reigning Ladbrokes Masters champion Peter Wright continues the defence of his crown with a tie against World Championship semi-finalist Dave Chisnall.

Wright averaged 101.5 in a strong start to the campaign on Saturday, defeating Simon Whitlock 10-8 despite a 106 average from the in-form Australian.

World number three Wright is yet to defend a televised title but boasts a dominant recent record over Chizzy, losing just one of their last ten meetings.

Chisnall will be out to avenge his brutal 10-0 whitewash at the hands of ‘Snakebite’ at this stage of the competition 12 months ago and remain in pole position to secure the final Premier League spot.

The St Helens ace, who whitewashed Michael van Gerwen 5-0 in the Last Eight at Ally Pally, held his nerve to edge past Daryl Gurney in a last-leg decider on Saturday.

James Wade steps up his pursuit of a second Masters title when he comes up against the ever-dangerous Jonny Clayton.

Wade, the 2014 champion, is also in contention for a Premier League return, having reached two major finals last year, and began strongly by dispatching Chris Dobey 10-4 with a 97.8 average.

Clayton, meanwhile, made it back-to-back victories over MVG in this event, landing two 180s in the deciding leg on his way to a superb 10-9 success.

The World Cup of Darts winner will be determined to go at least one step further than last year, when he bowed out at the Quarter-Final stage, and has won both of his previous televised meetings with ‘The Machine’.

The opening match of the afternoon sees Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall take on Players Championship Finals runner-up Mervyn King.

Aspinall survived five match darts from Mensur Suljovic before falling over the line in a deciding leg in the Last 16 and is now looking to make it successive Semi-Final appearances at The Masters.

King has seemingly picked up from where he left off last season, thrashing Glen Durrant 6-1 and Rob Cross 10-5 to continue his red hot resurgence.

The 2014 Masters runner-up has averaged above 101 in both outings so far this weekend and is looking to make a late charge for the Premier League by challenging for more major silverware.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2021 Schedule

Sunday January 31

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals

Mervyn King v Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price v Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall
Jonny Clayton v James Wade

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals

Price/Lewis v King/Aspinall
Clayton/Wade v Wright/Chisnall

Final

Ladbrokes Masters Darts 2021 Day Two preview and order of play: Top eight enter the fray

The world’s top eight players begin the new campaign at the 2021 Ladbrokes Masters in Milton Keynes on Saturday.

Day One of the season-opening invitational at the Marshall Arena saw the players ranked 9-24 battling it out for the right to face a seed in Round Two.

Part One of an unmissable double session on Saturday features a fascinating shoot-out between Premier League contenders Dave Chisnall and Daryl Gurney.

One Premier League place remains up for grabs following this tournament, and both players will be desperate to maintain their hopes of selection with a strong run.

This will be their third consecutive meeting in the Ladbrokes Masters, with Chisnall having won them both 10-8 at the Last 16 stage.

Gurney, who enjoyed a resurgent run to the Quarter-Finals of the recent World Championship, battled his way to a last-leg win over debutant Jeffrey de Zwaan on Friday.

Chisnall, meanwhile, aims to pick up from where he left off at Ally Pally, reaching the Semi-Finals after whitewashing Michael van Gerwen with the performance of the tournament along the way.

Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall aims to kick-start his season with a strong performance when he comes up against Mensur Suljovic.

Aspinall reached the Semi-Finals on his Ladbrokes Masters debut 12 months ago but made it to just one televised ranking Quarter-Final in an otherwise frustrating year for the Stockport star.

Suljovic punished 23 missed darts at doubles to defeat a wasteful Ian White 6-3 in his opener and is bidding to reach his fourth Ladbrokes Masters Quarter-Final in five appearances.

Rob Cross begins what could prove to be a pivotal year in his career with a clash against a rejuvenated Mervyn King.

Former World Champion Cross is defending both the World Matchplay and European Championship titles from 2019 against his world ranking as he bids to maintain his position among the sport’s elite.

The world number is out to avert a third straight First Round exit in this competition but runs into a player enjoying a blistering burst of form, having picked up from where he left off last year.

Players Championship Finals runner-up King thrashed Glen Durrant 6-1 with a 102 average and six from seven on the doubles on Friday and will be confident of subjecting Cross to another early exit.

James Wade, Masters Champion in 2014, kicks off his latest campaign with a clash against debutant Chris Dobey.

Wade is another name in the mix for the final Premier League spot, having finished runner-up in both the European Championship and Grand Slam at the back end of last year.

The world number seven, who hit a magnificent nine-darter at Ally Pally last month, has appeared in all eight previous stagings of The Masters, reaching the final on two occasions.

Dobey picked up a confidence-boosting 6-2 win over Dimitri van den Bergh with a 97 average on opening night and will aim to catch ‘The Machine’ cold in a quest to reach his first televised Quarter-Final since November 2019.

All eyes will be on newly-crowned World Champion Gerwyn Price in the evening session as he marks his return to action with a tasty tie against Joe Cullen.

Price hit the sport’s ultimate height 27 days ago when he triumphed at Ally Pally, becoming world number one for the first time in the process.

The Welshman, who picked up a further three televised titles during the season, now has a new target on his back and will be keen to pick up from where he left off at the palace to assert his dominance.

He faces an immediate test of character against an in-form Cullen – who is hungry to atone for his World Championship heartbreak in a sudden death leg against Michael van Gerwen.

The two-time European Tour event winner began by averaging 102 in a superb 6-4 success over Stephen Bunting and afterwards admitted he still sees Van Gerwen as “the number one”.

Van Gerwen will look to hit the ground running in his quest to return to the summit of the sport after being dislodged from the top of the Order of Merit for the first time in seven years.

The three-time World Champion was left licking his wounds after being whitewashed by a rampant ‘Chizzy’ in the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally, ending his toughest season in almost a decade.

The Dutchman’s season began with defeat to Jonny Clayton in The Masters, and he will be determined to avoid a repeat outcome here as he faces the tricky Welshman once again.

World Cup winner Clayton averaged just shy of 103 in a terrific 6-5 win over Jose De Sousa on Friday, taking out 130 in the deciding leg to deny the Grand Slam champion.

Another mouth-watering show-down features a repeat of the World Championship final of a decade ago as Gary Anderson takes on Adrian Lewis.

Anderson and Lewis go head-to-head (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The box office duo face off in front of the TV cameras for the first time in four years as Anderson aims to bounce back from his world final defeat less than four weeks ago.

Anderson, who was also runner-up in last year’s World Matchplay, defied the odds throughout the season despite numerous injury problems and has dismissed rumours of retirement by signing a new long-term contract with Unicorn.

Lewis, meanwhile, responded superbly to his disappointing Last 64 exit to Danny Baggish in the World Championship by edging out Michael Smith 6-5 in a thrilling tussle on Friday.

The 2013 Masters runner-up defied checkouts of 170, 132, 170 and 150 from his opponent to prevail with a 97 average and remind the darting public exactly how dangerous he can be when in full flow.

World number three Peter Wright begins the defence of his Ladbrokes Masters title with a tasty tie against Simon Whitlock.

Wright claimed this trophy in dramatic circumstances last year, surviving three match darts from Michael Smith in the final before eventually securing an 11-10 victory.

Snakebite surrendered his world title with defeat to Gabriel Clemens in the Last 32 at Ally Pally and will be desperate to bounce back and send out a clear message to his rivals.

Whitlock is staking his own claim for a late charge towards the Premier League and gained some degree of revenge on Krzysztof Ratajski for his World Championship whitewash by prevailing 6-2 in their encounter last night.

The Australian ace, who reached two major Semi-Finals last season, is now looking to reach only his second Masters Quarter-Final in eight appearances.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2021 Schedule

Saturday January 30

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)
Rob Cross v Mervyn King
James Wade v Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall v Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall v Daryl Gurney

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright v Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton

Lewis edges Smith in Ladbrokes Masters decider as King and Dobey enjoy dominant wins

Adrian Lewis marked a return to winning ways with a thrilling 6-5 success over Michael Smith on the opening night of the Ladbrokes Masters in Milton Keynes on Friday.

Lewis bounced back from last month’s shock early exit at the World Championship with a vintage display to deny ‘Bully Boy’ in a last-leg decider at the Marshall Arena.

The two-time World Champion defied four ton-plus finishes from last year’s beaten finalist to set up a Second Round show-down with Gary Anderson on Saturday.

“I’ve put the work in so it’s nice to get a reward tonight,” said Lewis. “Michael is one of the best players I’ve ever seen so any win over him is massive.

“I think there was extra pressure on both of us having both lost in the first round at the World Championship.

“I really struggled last year. I’m not one of those players who can deal with months off and then get straight back into it.

“I know my ability and I believe in my ability. When I’ve got that mindset I know I can beat anybody.”

Smith landed a brace of magnificent 170 checkouts, as well as a 132 on the bull and a 150 finish, but it was ‘Jackpot’ who held his nerve to prevail with a 97 average and three 180s.

Meanwhile, Premier League champion Glen Durrant’s below-par run of results continued with a crushing 6-1 defeat at the hands of Mervyn King.

Former Masters runner-up King started 2021 as he ended 2020 with an impressive display which saw him average almost 102 and set up a meeting with Rob Cross.

“I didn’t play very well but I didn’t have to. I don’t like saying that because I like Glen and I don’t like to see him struggle,” said King.

“I’m not playing as well as I was before the World Championship. I’m having a hard time with a family bereavement at the moment, so I’m just keeping going.

“I play Rob next and he’s another really nice fellow who I get along with, so that will be another hard game for me.”

Joining Lewis and King in the Last 16 of the £220,000 tournament is Joe Cullen – who bounced back from heart-breaking defeat to Michael van Gerwen at Alexandra Palace with a 6-4 triumph over Stephen Bunting.

Cullen flew out of the traps, averaging over 115 after the opening five legs to lead 4-1.

Bunting, who was also averaging well in excess of 100, fought back to 4-3 behind, but Cullen did enough to get over the line and confirm a clash with newly-crowned World Champion Gerwyn Price.

“It was a weird one, I was 4-1 up and playing really well so I told myself ‘don’t defend the lead, keep on attacking’ but I did end up defending the lead,” said Cullen.

“I knew Stephen was playing really well which kept me under pressure throughout the game. I think I was lucky in the end to win tonight.

“Losing to Michael [van Gerwen] at the World Championship in the way I lost was a tough one to take but you go away, take stock and come back better for it.

“I’m looking forward to playing Gerwyn next. He’s on a high but maybe he will feel the pressure of playing as World Champion and world number one for the first time. We’ll see.”

Reigning champion Peter Wright will begin his title defence against Simon Whitlock after the Australian went some way to avenging his Ally Pally defeat to Krzysztof Ratajski with a 6-2 win over the Polish number one.

Michael van Gerwen will begin his quest for a sixth Ladbrokes Masters title against Jonny Clayton following the Welshman’s 6-5 win over Jose de Sousa which saw Clayton land a 130 checkout in the deciding leg.

Former Masters Champion James Wade will meet Chris Dobey in round two after Dobey’s emphatic 6-2 defeat of World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh in the battle of the debutants.

Daryl Gurney came through a tight affair with Jeffrey de Zwaan, taking the last leg decider to book his place in the Second Round and keep his hopes alive of a Premier League selection.

Mensur Suljovic came through a scrappy contest with Ian White to prevail 6-3, punishing 23 missed darts at doubles from his opponent.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2021 Results

Friday January 29

First Round

Ian White 3-6 Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant 1-6 Mervyn King
Dimitri Van den Bergh 2-6 Chris Dobey
Krzysztof Ratajski 2-6 Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith 5-6 Adrian Lewis
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Jose de Sousa 5-6 Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen 6-4 Stephen Bunting

PDC Masters Darts Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The new PDC season commences with the Ladbrokes Darts Masters in Milton Keynes, and we’ve picked out our daily betting tips.

The 2021 PDC Darts Masters is to be held behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena from January 29-31.

In a change to the format, the line-up is comprised of the top 24 players from the PDC Order of Merit, with the top eight seeded through to Round Two.

Peter Wright is the defending champion, having defeated Michael Smith 11-10 in last year’s final to claim the title for the first time.

Wright is one of only four previous winners of this title since 2013 with Phil Taylor and James Wade prevailing in the first two years before Michael van Gerwen’s run of five consecutive titles.

Gerwyn Price is bidding to become the third consecutive reigning World Champion to follow up glory at Ally Pally by landing The Masters trophy.

Dimitri van den Bergh, Glen Durrant, Krzysztof Ratajski, Jose de Sousa, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Chris Dobey will all make their debuts in this year’s PDC Darts Masters.

We’ve picked out our top betting tips for each day’s play at the PDC Masters.

PDC Darts Masters Betting Tips

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Ladbrokes Masters Darts 2021 Day One preview and order of play: New season commences in Milton Keynes

The curtain is raised on the new darts season at the 2021 Ladbrokes Masters on Friday as 16 players vie to join the seeds in the Second Round.

In a change to the format this year, the line-up is comprised of the top 24 players from the PDC Order of Merit, with the top eight seeded through to Round Two on Saturday.

Six players will make their Ladbrokes Masters debuts in the behind-closed doors event at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

Among those is reigning Premier League champion Glen Durrant as he takes on 2014 Masters runner-up Mervyn King in one of the stand-out ties of the opening round.

Durrant ended his first two-year cycle as a PDC Tour Card holder ranked 13th on the Order of Merit, having reached four major ranking Semi-Finals and won two Players Championship titles.

The three-time BDO World Champion, however, tested positive for covid-19 just days after his remarkable Premier League triumph in October and suffered a dip in form as a result.

His World Championship campaign was ended by Dirk van Duijvenbode in a nail-biting sudden death leg in the Last 16, and the Teessider will be chomping at the bit to return to action.

He faces a formidable opener against last November’s Players Championship Finals runner-up King – who has enjoyed a sensational spell of resurgence which also saw him whitewash Jose De Sousa 4-0 at Ally Pally before losing to eventual champion Gerwyn Price in the Last 16.

Another unmissable show-down sees last year’s Masters runner-up Michael Smith take on two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.

Smith came agonisingly close to securing his first televised title on UK soil here 12 months ago, only to squander three match darts in the deciding leg of the final against Peter Wright.

The St Helens ace went on to reach the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay and final of the World Cup of Darts, but a shock Last 64 defeat to Jason Lowe at Ally Pally crushed his world title dream and saw him drop to ninth in the rankings.

Michael Smith celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Smith is one of a clutch of players in contention for the last available Premier League spot and will be determined to embark on a strong run this weekend in order to remain a front-runner for selection.

World number 24 Lewis is the lowest ranked player in the field and is also out to banish a shock early exit Ally Pally in which he went down to America’s Danny Baggish at the same stage of the competition.

The Stoke star is making his eighth Masters appearance in nine stagings of the event and will be keen to recapture the form which led him to the inaugural final in Edinburgh back in 2013.

Reigning World Matchplay champion champion Dimitri van den Bergh takes on fellow Ladbrokes Masters debutant Chris Dobey for the right to face 2014 champion James Wade on Saturday.

Belgium’s Van den Bergh enjoyed a sensational season in 2020 which also saw him reach the Semi-Finals of the Grand Slam as well as a further two major Quarter-Finals, storming into the world’s top ten in the process.

Dobey, meanwhile, failed to progress beyond the Last 16 stage in his four major tournament appearances last season and will be keen to recapture the form which carried him to two major Semi-Finals the previous year.

Two players who enjoyed ground-breaking World Championship performances go head-to-head as Joe Cullen takes on Stephen Bunting.

Cullen suffered an agonising Last 16 defeat to Michael van Gerwen in a sudden death leg, having led 3-1 and squandered two match darts, hitting 19 maximums in the process.

The world number 16 claimed glory at the International Open last year as well as on the ProTour and will look to kick-start the new campaign with a bang.

Bunting, meanwhile, embarked on a terrific run to the Semi-Finals of the World Championship, only to be denied 6-4 by eventual champion Price.

Prior to that, ‘The Bullet’ had not been in the Semi-Finals of a major tournament since the 2015 UK Open, but is now back on the coattails of the top 16 and believes he is back to his best.

Stephen Bunting celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa marks his Ladbrokes Masters debut with a clash against World Cup winner Jonny Clayton.

De Sousa’s breakthrough season, which also included a European Tour title, saw him rewarded with a place in this year’s Premier League.

Clayton partnered Price to glory for Wales in the World Cup and reached a further two major Semi-Finals, while also defeating MVG in the First Round of The Masters.

Daryl Gurney aims to bolster his hopes of a Premier League pick by overcoming Dutch debutant Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Gurney banished a below-par run of results at the back end of the season by reaching the Quarter-Finals of the World Championship – where he was narrowly denied 5-4 by Price.

De Zwaan reached the Quarter-Finals of last year’s World Grand Prix but was beaten in straight sets by Ryan Searle in Round Two at Ally Pally despite a 98.2 average.

A further pair of potential Premier League candidates go head-to-head in a repeat of their recent World Championship tussle as Krzysztof Ratajski faces Simon Whitlock.

Ratajski pulled off a comprehensive 4-0 whitewash at Ally Pally on his way to reaching the Quarter-Finals, capping off another fine season which saw him pick up a ProTour title and reach the Last Eight of the World Matchplay.

Whitlock, who established himself as one of the sport’s most clinical 180 hitters last season, reached the Semi-Finals of both the World Grand Prix and Grand Slam and defeated MVG three times in major competition throughout the year.

The opening match of the tournament sees Ian White bidding for his first Masters win at the seventh time of asking when he takes on Mensur Suljovic.

World number 12 White is yet to get off the mark in this elite invitational and starts out against the 2018 semi-finalist – who has slipped to 21st in the Order of Merit and was involved in a controversial clash against Gary Anderson at Ally Pally last month.

The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2021 Schedule

Friday January 29

First Round

7.15pm Ian White v Mensur Suljovic
7.45pm Glen Durrant v Mervyn King
8.15pm Dimitri Van den Bergh v Chris Dobey
8.45pm Krzysztof Ratajski v Simon Whitlock
9.15pm Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis
9.45pm Daryl Gurney v Jeffrey de Zwaan
10.15pm Jose de Sousa v Jonny Clayton
10.45pm Joe Cullen v Stephen Bunting

Ladbrokes Masters Darts 2021 Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

The new PDC season commences with the Ladbrokes Darts Masters, and you can follow the latest results and fixtures here.

Due to ongoing restrictions, the 2021 Ladbrokes Masters will be held behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from January 29-31.

In a change to the format, the line-up will be comprised of the top 24 players from the PDC Order of Merit, with the top eight seeded through to Round Two.

Peter Wright is the defending champion, having defeated Michael Smith 11-10 in last year’s final to claim the title for the first time.

Wright is one of only four previous winners of this title since 2013 with Phil Taylor and James Wade prevailing in the first two years before Michael van Gerwen’s run of five consecutive titles.

Gerwyn Price is bidding to become the third consecutive reigning World Champion to follow up glory at Ally Pally by landing The Masters trophy.

Dimitri van den Bergh, Glen Durrant, Krzysztof Ratajski, Jose de Sousa, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Chris Dobey will all make their debuts in this year’s Masters.

First Round matches are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, with Second Round and Quarter-Final ties best of 19 and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2021 Schedule of Play

Friday January 29

First Round

7pm-11pm
Ian White 3-6 Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant 1-6 Mervyn King
Dimitri Van den Bergh 2-6 Chris Dobey
Krzysztof Ratajski 2-6 Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith 5-6 Adrian Lewis
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Jose de Sousa 5-6 Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen 6-4 Stephen Bunting

Saturday January 30

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)
Rob Cross 5-10 Mervyn King
James Wade 10-4 Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall 10-9 Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall 10-9 Daryl Gurney

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Gary Anderson 8-10 Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright 10-8 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 9-10 Jonny Clayton

Sunday January 31

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals

Mervyn King 10-3 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 10-6 Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright 10-5 Dave Chisnall
Jonny Clayton 10-9 James Wade

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals

Gerwyn Price 10-11 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 10-11 Jonny Clayton

Final

Jonny Clayton 11-8 Mervyn King

Ladbrokes Masters 2021 Prize Fund

Winner: £60,000
Runner-up: £25,000
Semi-Final losers: £17,500
Quarter-Final losers: £10,000
Second Round losers: £5,000
First Round losers: £2,500

Ladbrokes Masters Darts 2021 live stream | How to watch live online

The new PDC season commences with the Ladbrokes Darts Masters, and a live stream is available for all matches.

Due to ongoing restrictions, the 2021 Ladbrokes Masters will be held behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from January 29-31.

In a change to the format, the line-up will be comprised of the top 24 players from the PDC Order of Merit, with the top eight seeded through to Round Two.

Peter Wright is the defending champion, having defeated Michael Smith 11-10 in last year’s final to claim the title for the first time.

Wright is one of only four previous winners of this title since 2013 with Phil Taylor and James Wade prevailing in the first two years before Michael van Gerwen’s run of five consecutive titles.

Gerwyn Price is bidding to become the third consecutive reigning World Champion to follow up glory at Ally Pally by landing The Masters trophy.

Dimitri van den Bergh, Glen Durrant, Krzysztof Ratajski, Jose de Sousa, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Chris Dobey will all make their debuts in this year’s Masters.

All matches are also available to watch live on desktop, mobile or tablet devices in selected regions.

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Ladbrokes Masters Darts 2021 Draw: Wright to face Ratajski or Whitlock in expanded event

The Ladbrokes Masters will be expanded from 16 to 24 players in 2021, with Peter Wright kicking off his title defence against either Krzysztof Ratajski or Simon Whitlock.

Due to current restrictions, the 2021 Ladbrokes Masters will be held behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from January 29-31.

In a change to the format, the line-up will be comprised of the top 24 players from the PDC Order of Merit, with the top eight seeded through to Round Two.

Peter Wright claimed glory in 2020 and will kick off the defence of his title against either Poland’s Ratajski or Australian ace Whitlock.

Play will commence on Friday January 29, with the players ranked 9-24 playing off in the first round as the extended format begins.

Clashes at that stage will include Joe Cullen’s tie against Stephen Bunting, with both having impressed at the World Championship recently – with the winner progressing to take on newly-crowned World Champion Gerwyn Price.

Premier League champion Glen Durrant will play Mervyn King, while Grand Slam winner Jose de Sousa faces Jonny Clayton – who partnered Price to World Cup glory for Wales.

The world’s top eight players will then enter at the second round stage on Saturday January 30, with play to be split across two sessions on the day.

Five-time Masters champion Michael van Gerwen will start out against either De Sousa or Clayton.

James Wade, the only other former champion in the field, will meet either World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh or Chris Dobey.

The tournament will conclude on Sunday January 31 with the Quarter-Finals in the afternoon session and the semi-finals and final in the evening session.

The schedule of play for the opening two days will be confirmed in due course.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2021 Draw

First Round

Joe Cullen (16) v Stephen Bunting (17)
Michael Smith (9) v Adrian Lewis (24)
Glen Durrant (13) v Mervyn King (20)
Ian White (12) v Mensur Suljovic (21)
Jose de Sousa (15) v Jonny Clayton (18)
Dimitri Van den Bergh (10) v Chris Dobey (23)
Krzysztof Ratajski (14) v Simon Whitlock (19)
Daryl Gurney (11) v Jeffrey de Zwaan (22)

Second Round
Gerwyn Price (1) v Cullen/Bunting
Gary Anderson (8) v M Smith/A Lewis
Rob Cross (4) v Durrant/King
Nathan Aspinall (5) v White/Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen (2) v De Sousa/Clayton
James Wade (7) v Van den Bergh/Dobey
Peter Wright (3) v Ratajski/Whitlock
Dave Chisnall (6) v Gurney/De Zwaan

Ladbrokes Masters 2021 Schedule of Play

Friday January 29

7pm-11pm
8x First Round matches
Best of 11 legs

Saturday January 30

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

4x Second Round matches
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
4x Second Round matches
Best of 19 legs

Sunday January 31

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)
Quarter-Finals
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals
Final
Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund
Winner: £60,000
Runner-up: £25,000
Semi-Final losers: £17,500
Quarter-Final losers: £10,000
Second Round losers: £5,000
First Round losers: £2,500
Total: £220,000

Ladbrokes Darts Masters 2020 Day Three preview and order of play: Final eight face off in Milton Keynes

The first silverware of the season will be handed out at the Ladbrokes Masters on Sunday as the eight remaining hopefuls bid to become the new name on the trophy.

The elite invitational draws to a close at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, with the afternoon session playing host to the Quarter-Finals, before the Semi-Finals and final take centre stage in the evening.

Peter Wright began life as World Champion with an impressive opening display on Saturday night, averaging 103.5 in a 10-7 win over Joe Cullen.

The world number two now aims to follow that up by securing a second successive Semi-Final appearance at the Ladbrokes Masters by overcoming a new-look Dave Chisnall.

Chisnall sported a pair of glasses on stage for the first time and put on a fine spectacle to defeat Daryl Gurney 10-8 with nine 180s to his name.

Masters runner-up in 2016, Chisnall was also a beaten finalist in last October’s World Grand Prix and could count himself unfortunate to narrowly miss out on a place in the Premier League.

Wright has dominated this fixture of late, losing just one of their last nine encounters, including a 16-12 success in the Quarter-Finals of the Grand Slam last November.

Wright aims to build on his bright start (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Arch rivals Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson go head-to-head for the second time in this competition as the Scot aims to end a run of three straight defeats to his recent nemesis.

The pair were involved in a hugely controversial Grand Slam final in 2018, which Price won to claim his first major title before doing the double on Anderson in the Quarter-Finals 12 months later on the way to retaining the title.

Price fended off a spirited fightback from Simon Whitlock from 9-4 down to edge through in a nail-biting last-leg decider on Saturday, while Anderson averaged 97 in an assured 10-8 win over Ian White.

Anderson was runner-up here in 2017 but missed this tournament last year through injury and will be keen to continue his revival by getting one over on the passionate Welshman.

Jonny Clayton aims to follow up his First Round scalp of defending champion Michael van Gerwen when he comes up against UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall.

Clayton turned on the style to become the first player to beat MVG at The Masters since 2014 and now looks to continue his landmark run in this competition.

Aspinall marked his Masters debut with a 10-4 rout of an out of sorts James Wade and knows he must put at least seven points on his match average of 90.6 if he is to halt the tenacious Welshman.

Aspinall is vying for his third televised title in the space of ten months following his successes at the UK Open and U.S Masters, while former Players Championship Finals runner-up Clayton his chasing down his first.

The opening Quarter-Final sees multiple major finalist Michael Smith take on two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.

Smith began the new season superbly with a 101.8 average in a high quality win over Mensur Suljovic on Friday and will be keen to maintain that level in what promises to be fast-flowing contest.

Smith has lost in two previous Masters Quarter-Finals and has lost his last three televised meetings with ‘Jackpot’ – dating back to 2015.

Lewis progressed with the lowest winning average of the opening round (87.8) in dispatching a below-par Rob Cross 10-5 and knows he requires a significant improvement if he is to reach the final session.

Runner-up in the inaugural Masters in Edinburgh seven years ago, Lewis has enjoyed a steady resurgence which has seen him climb back up to 13th in the Order of Merit.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2020 Match Schedule

Sunday February 2

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-4.45pm)

Quarter-Finals
Adrian Lewis v Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson
Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
Clayton/Aspinall v Smith/Lewis
Wright/Chisnall v Anderson/Price

Final

Wright makes winning start at The Masters as Price fends off Whitlock fightback

Peter Wright made a winning start to life as World Champion by defeating Joe Cullen 10-7 in the 2020 Ladbrokes Masters on Saturday, while Gerwyn Price edged out Simon Whitlock in a last-leg epic.

Wright continued the form which saw him claim glory at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day with a 103.5 average, the highest of the tournament so far, to reach the Quarter-Finals in Milton Keynes.

A high-quality contest featuring five ton-plus checkouts was level at six-all before Wright won four of the last five legs to book his place in Sunday afternoon’s last eight, where he will face Dave Chisnall.

“It’s nice to get back into the groove because I’ve missed playing over this last month, and I had to get out there and do the job so I’m happy with that win,” said Wright.

“I couldn’t get away from Joe – he’s a fantastic player and he’s matured into a player who’s hard to beat.

“I was panicking that the World Champion was going to go out in the first round. I switched my darts at five-all to a longer point because I had to try and get away from him, and to do that I needed to hit more 180s.

“It was amazing to be introduced as World Champion – it sounded amazing and I’ve got to get used to it!”

Night Two of the elite invitational saw the remaining four First Round ties take place, with 2016 Masters runner-up Chisnall coming through a tight tussle with Daryl Gurney 10-8.

Chisnall, who sported a pair of glasses on stage for the first time, landed checkouts of 100 and 74 to lead 5-2 before world number seven Gurney hit back with finishes of 117 and 81 to level at 5-5.

The next six legs were shared to make it 8-8 but four missed double attempts from Gurney across the next two legs were punished by Chisnall, who consigned the Northern Irishman to a third defeat in the first round in as many outings at the event.

2020 vision for Chizzy (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

“It was hard but I’m feeling good and did a job tonight,” said Chisnall. “I kept getting two or three legs in front and Daryl kept coming back at me, and it was a game that could’ve gone either way.

“I’ve got the new glasses and I can see a little bit better but it was tough – it wasn’t the glasses annoying me, I’m getting headaches because I’m still getting used to them.

“I’m also throwing from a little bit lower and I was flicking the dart a little bit, but I’ll keep working on my game.”

2017 Masters runner-up Gary Anderson got his year off to the perfect start with a 10-8 victory over Ian White.

A tight contest saw no more than two legs between the pair throughout, but at 7-7 Anderson struck a crucial 11-dart break of throw and with White unable to reply in kind for the remained of the match, Anderson advanced to the last eight.

“Ian’s a good player and he kept coming back when I got in front, but I won and it’s a good start,” said Anderson, who missed last year’s Masters through injury.

“I’ve got a long way to go yet but I’ve had a month or so since the World Championship and I’ve practiced well, so I’ll give it a go tomorrow.”

Anderson now faces rival Gerwyn Price in the Quarter-Finals, after the world number three held off Simon Whitlock’s fightback to win a thriller in a deciding leg.

Whitlock came from two legs down to lead 4-3, only for the Grand Slam champion to show his quality with a superb six-leg streak to move into a 9-4 advantage.

The Australian, though, kept the game alive with legs of 12 and 11 darts to spark a run of five straight legs as he forced a decider, but Price proved too strong to move into the last eight.

“I could have been 5-3 down at one point but I was feeling good and I just couldn’t put him away,” said Price.

“Thankfully he didn’t play as well in the last leg as he did in the previous five and I got over the line.

“Simon played pretty well against the throw, he was hitting the high scores and putting me under pressure, so I’m happy to win. I feel I can kick on tomorrow and hopefully I can improve on this game.”

Sunday’s final day of action will see the Quarter-Finals take place in the afternoon session, before the winners return for the Semi-Finals and final in the evening.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2020 Results

Saturday February 1

First Round

Dave Chisnall 10-8 Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson 10-8 Ian White
Peter Wright 10-7 Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Simon Whitlock

Ladbrokes Darts Masters 2020 Day Two preview and order of play: Big guns aim to make their move

The First Round action continues at the 2020 Masters on Milton Keynes on Saturday as the PDC’s elite aim to get their season off to a winning start.

The opening night at the Marshall Arena produced a major upset as Jonny Clayton ended Michael van Gerwen’s five-year reign as Ladbrokes Masters champion.

That result, along with James Wade’s exit, means a new name is guaranteed to be on the trophy come Sunday evening.

Day Two features matches from the bottom half of the draw, with Peter Wright notably kicking off his first season as World Champion with a clash against Joe Cullen.

Exactly one month after fulfilling his darting destiny at Alexandra Palace, Wright returns to action with a new target on his back as he looks to back up that fairy-tale success.

The world number two picked up five titles during 2019, including the World Cup of Darts, and will be keen to surpass last year’s run to the Semi-Finals in the season-opening Masters.

The colourful Scot holds a dominant head-to-head record over Cullen, having won 15 of their 19 previous meetings, including all five of their televised show-downs to date.

Cullen is making his second appearance at The Masters having defeated Rob Cross on his debut last year for what turned out to be one of only three wins in televised competition.

The world number 15 crashed out of the World Championship at the first hurdle once again but will be determined to hit the ground running here and become the first player to defeat the current World Champion in 2020.

Wright celebrates his world title triumph (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Back-to-back Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price gets his campaign underway with a clash against former world finalist Simon Whitlock.

Price enjoyed another superb season of success in 2019, picking up five titles to climb to a career high position of world number three.

The Welshman has reached at least the Semi-Final stage of five of his last six televised tournaments and will be keen to maintain that trend as the new season commences.

Whitlock, meanwhile, reached the Quarter-Finals of the inaugural Masters in 2013 but has suffered four First Round exits since and will be keen to get one over on Price for his 4-2 defeat in the Last 16 of the recent World Championship.

A closely-matched tie to kick off proceedings sees two-time major champion Daryl Gurney take on multiple major finalist Dave Chisnall.

The pair met at this stage of the competition 12 months ago, with Chisnall coming out on top 10-8 on his way to reaching the Semi-Finals.

Runner-up in 2016, Chisnall was also a beaten finalist in last October’s World Grand Prix and could count himself unfortunate to narrowly miss out on a place in the Premier League.

Gurney retained his place in the Premier League after four televised Semi-Final appearance last season, as well as a runner-up spot in the Melbourne Masters.

The Northern Irishman is hoping to register his first win in this elite invitational at the third time of asking.

Fishing pals by day, Gary Anderson and Ian White are hoping to reel in the top prize this weekend but will have to put their friendship to one side as they face off in the First Round.

Anderson is aiming to start afresh in 2020 after a nightmare 2019 which saw him miss the first three months of the season through injury and fail to surpass the Quarter-Finals of a televised singles tournament.

Masters runner-up in 2017, ‘The Flying Scotsman’ will return to the Premier League in his homeland on Thursday and will look to warm up in style with a strong run here.

White returns for his sixth consecutive crack at The Masters as he looks to finally end his miserable winless record in this competition.

A ground-breaking 2019 for the Stoke thrower saw him reach his first major Semi-Final at November’s Players Championship Finals, while also claiming two European Tour titles.

The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.

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Ladbrokes Masters 2020 Match Schedule

Saturday February 1

First Round

7.15pm Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall
8.15pm Gary Anderson v Ian White
9.15pm Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
10.15pm Gerwyn Price v Simon Whitlock