2007 winner James Wade showed that he is in the mood to clinch his second World Matchplay crown by whitewashing first round opponent Jamie Caven 10-0 and the left-hander should also prevail relatively comfortably against Mark Walsh.
Wade is just 1/4 at best with to progress but the best value is to be found in the handicaps where he starts 3.5 legs behind at odds of 8/11 (Stan James) or 4.5 legs in arrears at 11/10 courtesy of Skybet.
Fresh from an impressive 10-3 triumph over Terry Jenkins, Steve Beaton is chalked up by Sportingbet at a tempting 7/4 to get the better of Mark Webster, who edged out John Part in round one and William Hill give Beaton a 2.5 leg start in the handicaps at 5/6.
Adrian Lewis had to battle hard to eliminate Kevin Painter 14-12 in his first round clash but should show no ill effects as he tackles Vincent van der Voort, bet365 pricing the world champion at 1/4 to emerge victorious and William Hill offering an enticing 8/13 for Lewis to fire the first 180 of the match.
Meanwhile, Raymond van Barneveld recovered from losing his darts to conquer Steve Brown 10-3 and last year’s beaten finalist is chalked up by Betfred at 8/13 to win his second round clash against Paul Nicholson.
However, Nicholson, at 11/8 (Ladbrokes) is a dangerous opponent and catches the eye at 8/11 with Skybet when starting 2.5 legs in front.
All matches live on Skysports:
World Matchplay Wednesday 20 July: