The Empress Ballroom opened its doors to the darting world on Saturday evening and invited the 32 hottest properties in darts right now to contest the £100k title. Three days and four sessions later and the field is reduced to 16, here is our look at the second round fixtures and some insight as to who could reach the quarter-finals.

The last 16 games are best of 25, or a leg race to 13 if you like. However, the Matchplay 2 clear leg and tie-breaker rule does apply.

Raymond van Barneveld v Justin Pipe

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The Artist – PDC/Lawrence Lustig

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Both men impressed in their first round games. On paper Barney arguably had the easier opponent in Mensur Suljovic, that was until Mark Webster limped onto the stage to face Pipe with a mangled ankle.

Barney won’t relish playing Pipe, the slow pace and extra time spent on the hot stage won’t suit him at all. You’d still fancy him to get the job done though but watch out for Pipe grinding him down.

The man from Taunton does have the upperhand over RvB winning 2 of their previous 3 matches. However, these were short format best of 11 games. The big stage, TV cameras and a potential race to 16 all play into the Dutchman’s hands.

Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter

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Whitlock survived the late challenge from Jelle Klaasen on Saturday night and with that game behind him will be focusing on booking his quarter final place. That’s not to say he will take Painter lightly but The Wizard has won 4 of their last 5 games and should be full of confidence.

Overall they are tied at 6-6 in the head to heads, and each has a TV win under their belt which suggests this will be a close one. Looking a bit deeper into their respective performances over the last 12 months Whitlock is winning more games and scoring slightly heavier which makes him our pick to progress.

Phil Taylor v Terry Jenkins

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Taylor was imperious in his elimination of Stuart Kellett on Sunday night while Jenkins eased past the Pie Man in the tournament’s opening game. There is history in this fixture – The Bull dumped Taylor out at the quarter-final stage back in 2007.

History will not be repeated this week though, Taylor is in fine fettle and should make short work of the Jenkins who incidently has only toppled Taylor twice in the six intervening years since that quarter final.

James Wade v Gary Anderson

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Taylor in action against Kellett – PDC/Lawrence Lustig

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In dispatching Mervyn King in round one Gary Anderson showed glimpses of his best form. Anderson’s darting prowess is not in doubt, but his ability to throw high quality darts over the longer format is.

Wade is looking the steadier of the two on current form but Anderson has won the lion’s share of their previous meetings, winning 15 from 22. This makes it tough to predict the outcome of this last 16 clash but we’ll stump for Gando to nick it and find some of that missing consistency in his game.

Andy Hamilton v Ian White

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This all Stoke clash is the result of both men coming up against underperforming opponents in the first round. Hamilton looked the most impressive, although Baxter did roll over to have his tummy tickled and didn’t really pressure him.

Ian White’s win over Robert Thornton was business like but Hamilton will not afford him the same opportunities. The pair have met twice in competitive play over the past 12 months and took a win each. The experience of Hamilton will most likely see him through this one.

Adrian Lewis v Brendan Dolan

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Brendan Dolan goes about his business steadily which can make it difficult for his opponent to settle into a rhythm. A fact that Adrian Lewis is more than aware of. Jackpot is thirsty for success after bagging a third major and despite not setting the stage alight against Ronny Huybrechts he believes his name is on the trophy.

With four successive wins over Dolan since 2010 it’s difficult to see Lewis faltering at this stage of the tournament.

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

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Mighty Mike – Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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Peter Wright is pushing his way up the rankings and enjoying some of his best results ever. The same can be said of van Gerwen except he is performing at a much higher level.

The pair have met 9 times in the past 12 months and Mighty Mike has won them all. The pendulum will swing Snakebites way eventually but not in Blackpool. We can’t see past a win for van Gerwen in this format.

Jamie Caven v Dave Chisnall

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Dave Chisnall was less than convincing against an emotional Paul Nicholson, and should feel pretty lucky to be still standing after the Aussie-Geordie let him off the hook.

Jamie Caven produced a magical spell of darts to turn his game around against Wes Newton, although there is an equal argument that Wes didn’t take full advantage early on when Caven was very ordinary.

Both men are riding their luck, but who will fall off first? Caven has a superior record of 6 wins from 8 clashes; the most recent being a 6-0 whitewash earlier this month at the European Championship. Chizzy will be out for revenge but you have to fancy Caven to edge him out after that confidence boosting display against Newton.

2013 World Matchplay Last 16 Match Betting Odds

Tue 23 Jul
Time Match Player 1 Player 2
19:10 Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter 2/5 2/1 Player Profiles
20:00 Raymond Van Barneveld v Justin Pipe 2/7 11/4 Player Profiles
21:00 Phil Taylor v Terry Jenkins 1/14 7/1 Player Profiles
22:00 James Wade v Gary Anderson 1/2 13/8 Player Profiles
Wed 24 Jul
Time Match Player 1 Player 2
19:10 Andy Hamilton v Ian White 4/11 2/1 Player Profiles
20:00 Adrian Lewis v Brendan Dolan 1/5 7/2 Player Profiles
21:00 Michael Van Gerwen v Peter Wright 1/6 4/1 Player Profiles
22:10 Jamie Caven v Dave Chisnall 10/11 10/11 Player Profiles

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