The 2021 Betfred World Matchplay draw has been made.

The stand out tie of the first round sees Premier League champion Jonny Clayton face off against Dirk van Duijvenbode.

World champion and world number one Gerwyn Price will take on Mensur Suljovic.

Michael van Gerwen will face Damon Heta in one of the stand out ties in the first round, while Peter Wright takes on Danny Noppert.

Defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh plays Devon Petersen, and is expected to headline the opening night.

There’s also a rematch of the UK Open Final in the opening round, as James Wade takes on Luke Humphries.

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Dimitri van den Bergh will start his Betfred World Matchplay defence against Devon Petersen. Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

2021 Betfred World Matchplay Draw

Section One

(1) Gerwyn Price v Mensur Suljovic

(16) Jonny Clayton v Dirk van Duijvenbode

(8) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Devon Petersen

(9) Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort

Section Two

(4) James Wade v Luke Humphries

(13) Krzysztof Ratajski v Brendan Dolan

(5) Rob Cross v Ross Smith

(12) Glen Durrant v Callan Rydz

Section Three

(2) Peter Wright v Danny Noppert

(15) Joe Cullen v Chris Dobey

(7) Michael Smith v Ryan Searle

(10) Jose de Sousa v Gabriel Clemens

Section Four

(3) Michael van Gerwen v Damon Heta

(14) Daryl Gurney v Ian White

(6) Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting

(11) Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King

How does the draw work?

The draw for the 2021 Betfred World Matchplay sees the top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit qualify for round two automatically. They make up the 32 seeds for the event.

The top 16 players on the Pro Tour Order of Merit, who are not already on the main Order of Merit, also qualify for round one. They are unseeded, meaning they can play anyone in the first round.

Whoever wins their round one game moves onto round two moves onto round three, where 16 players remain. If all the seeds qualify, then it would be 1 v 16, 2 v 15, and so on. If a non-seeded player beats a seeded player in round one, they effectively take their seed for the remainder of the draw.

The semi finals will be the winner of section one v winner of section two. The winners of sections three and four will play in the other semi final.

The two semi final winners will play in the final, with the victor being crowned the 2021 World Matchplay Champion.

What’s the format?

Round One – First to 10 legs

Round Two – First to 11 legs

Quarter Finals – First to 16 legs

Semi Finals – First to 17 legs

Final – First to 18 legs

All games must be won by two clear legs. A game can be if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a tie break leg is needed.

For example, in a first to 10 legs first round match, if the score reaches 12–12 then the 25th leg will be the deciding one.

What’s the schedule?

All session start times are BST.

Saturday 17 July (19.00 BST)

First round x4

Sunday 18 July (13.00 BST)

First round x4

Sunday 18 July (19.30 BST)

First round x4

Monday 19 July (19.00 BST)

First round x4

Tuesday 20 July (19.00 BST)

Second round x4

Wednesday 21 July (19.00 BST)

Second round x4

Thursday 22 July (19.00 BST)

Quarter finals x2

Friday 23 July (19.00 BST)

Quarter finals x2

Saturday 24 July (19.00 BST)

Semi finals x2

Sunday 25 July (19.00 BST)


What’s the prize money?

Once again, there will be £700,000 in prize money up for grabs. Here’s how it’s broken down:

Winner – £150,000

Runner Up – £70,000

Semi Finals – £50,000

Quarter Finals – £25,000

Second Round – £15,000

First Round – £10,000

Can I still get tickets?

Yes. There are still limited tickets available for the 2021 Betfred World Matchplay.

Visit the PDC website to find out more.