Daryl Gurney takes on Keegan Brown in the second round of the Betfred World Matchplay.

Daryl Gurney knows he will need to be at the top of his game to get past Keegan Brown in Wednesday’s Betfred World Matchplay second-round clash (Gurney 2/5, Brown 2/1 – Betfred World Matchplay Match Betting).

Gurney, 33, progressed to round two with a 10-7 triumph over England’s Ricky Evans while 26-year-old Brown pulled off a shock to down Jonny Clayton of Wales 10-8 in Blackpool.

It has all the makings of another classic at the Winter Gardens and ‘Superchin’ is wary of just what the Isle of Wight resident, nicknamed ‘The Needle’, is capable of.

“I know I’m in for a tough game against Keegan, I saw him on the practice board earlier and he was hitting everything, but hopefully I can come out on top and progress to the quarter-final,” he said.

The tournament appears up for grabs after the surprise exit of Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson on Tuesday night and former world champion Rob Cross is now a 4/1 favourite to lift the trophy.

‘Voltage’ is in action on Wednesday and will go up against Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski for a place in the last eight (Cross 2/7, Ratajski 11/4 – Betfred World Matchplay Match Betting).

He cruised past Chris Dobey in round one while ‘The Polish Eagle’ took care of another Englishman in Darren Webster.

Stephen Bunting secured one of his best results of the year when beating Gerwyn Price 13-12 in the opening round and toes the oche alongside in-form Ian White, who thrashed an out-of-sorts Joe Cullen 10-0 last time out (Bunting 2/1, White 2/5 – Betfred World Matchplay Match Betting).

‘Diamond’ White won both the Dutch Darts Masters and European Darts Grand Prix in May and is enjoying a resurgence in his career at the age of 48.

The final match of the evening sees Peter Wright go up against Australia’s Simon Whitlock at the famous Lancashire venue (Wright 1/4, Whitlock 3/1 – Betfred World Matchplay Match Betting).

‘Snakebite is now 9/2 joint-second favourite alongside Glen Durrant to claim the title but will need to get past the man from Down Under, who beat Scotland’s John Henderson 10-8 in his opening match.

Wright has only one televised title on his CV having taken the 2017 UK Open and will surely never have a better opportunity of adding another with the way the draw has opened up.

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