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DANNY NOPPERT will face defending Betfred World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson on the opening night of the 2019 tournament at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. 

Dutch star Noppert is one of eight MODUS-represented talents in the 32-player field competing in the prestigious event from July 20-28.

The former Lakeside finalist and PDC title winner will meet Anderson on Saturday July 20, with Joe Cullen taking on Ian White the following afternoon.

Sunday evening will see world number one Michael van Gerwen begin his quest for a third World Matchplay crown when he faces Steve Beaton, who he famously hit a nine-darter against in 2012.

On Monday July 22 there will be two all-MODUS encounters as Jonny Clayton meets Keegan Brown before Simon Whitlock plays John Henderson.

Vincent van der Voort will also be in action on the Monday evening as he takes on Peter Wright in the final match of the first round.