WORLD CHAMPION Michael van Gerwen is now 13/8 to win the Betfred World Matchplay ahead of next week's Blackpool tournament.

Dutchman Van Gerwen has previously won the World Matchplay twice and heads into this year's event as the pre-tournament favourite with sponsors Betfred.

However, his odds have moved out to 13/8 following his early exit to Martin Schindler in last week's German Darts Masters.

World number two Rob Cross remains the 7/1 second favourite, with reigning champion Gary Anderson having moved out from 9/1 to now being 10/1 as he bids to retain the title.

German Darts Masters champion Peter Wright has seen his odds cut from 22/1 last week to 12/1 as he becomes the new fourth favourite, ahead of Gerwyn Price (14/1) and 2007 champion James Wade (22/1).

UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall is a 25/1 chance to claim a third TV title of the year on his Winter Gardens debut, alongside Premier League stars Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith.

Debutant Glen Durrant is rated at 40/1 alongside 2018 finalist Mensur Suljovic, Dave Chisnall and Ian White, while 2013 runner-up Adrian Lewis is joined by Krzysztof Ratajski and Jamie Hughes at 66/1.

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Betfred Pre-Tournament Odds
13/8 Michael van Gerwen
7/1 Rob Cross
10/1 Gary Anderson
12/1 Peter Wright
14/1 Gerwyn Price
22/1 James Wade
25/1 Nathan Aspinall, Daryl Gurney, Michael Smith
40/1 Ian White, Glen Durrant, Dave Chisnall, Mensur Suljovic
66/1 Adrian Lewis, Krzysztof Ratajski, Jamie Hughes
80/1 Jeffrey de Zwaan
125/1 Chris Dobey, Stephen Bunting, Simon Whitlock, Jonny Clayton
150/1 Keegan Brown, Joe Cullen, Ricky Evans
200/1 Danny Noppert, John Henderson, Max Hopp, Vincent van der Voort, Darren Webster
250/1 Mervyn King, Jermaine Wattimena
300/1 Steve Beaton
Each-Way Odds 1/2 1, 2
Odds correct at time of writing and courtesy www.betfred.com. Subject to fluctuation.