Keith Deller selects six possible World Matchplay upsets
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 15/07/16 11:31am
Sky Sports asked Keith Deller, a former World Matchplay semi-finalist, to identify the potential shock results in this year's first round.
The Blackpool event is live on Sky Sports between July 16-24 and features the world's top players in a knockout format. The top 16 have been seeded and have been drawn against unseeded opposition in the opening round, but Deller thinks some big names could be eliminated early.
Jelle Klaasen (10) v Steve Beaton
Deller said: Jelle has got to be careful. With Jelle, it's about the first three or four legs. If he goes in with 180s, 140s then he's very hard to beat for whoever plays him. But sometimes he doesn't do that. Jelle misses the occasional double, and Beaton has the experience to jump on that.
Gary Anderson (2) v Alan Norris
Gary should beat Norris. Norris is a heavy scorer but he does go off the pace sometimes. If Gary doesn't kick on, he's got to be careful, because this lad can hit 180s for fun.
Ian White (12) v Daryl Gurney
Deller said: Another cracking game. Daryl is playing really well, he's a heavy scorer. Ian has been winning and will have a lot of confidence but there could be an upset there.
Stephen Bunting (14) v Mensur Suljovic
Deller said: On form, you'd put Mensur above Stephen. But this will go a long way. Stephen's got to be careful because if he's in trouble, Mensur will slow him down even more. But that's up to him - he can do what he likes!
Vincent van der Voort (16) v Kyle Anderson
It wouldn't be too much of a surprise if Kyle won this. There's not much in this - it will go all the way.
Dave Chisnall (9) v Benito van de Pas
Deller said: This would be a shock - but in a way, it wouldn't be. Chisnall is playing well but Benito is a very good player, a very high scorer and he'll be around the 100 average. Dave has got to come out firing.
Watch the World Matchplay from Blackpool live on Sky Sports between July 16-24.