Team Unicorn new boy Jeffrey de Zwaan will take on World No.1 Michael van Gerwen in the 1st Round of the World Matchplay.

It’s a Blackpool baptism of fire for De Zwaan, pictured here with Unicorn executive Matt Rankin,  but the match will hold no fears for the 22-year-old who of course beat Van Gerwen 10-8 at the UK Open Finals in Minehead earlier this year.

Gary Anderson would love to add the Matchplay crown to his CV and the Unicorn star will face Stephen Bunting.

In all, 10 Unicorn players will descend on the Winter Gardens later this month.

Former champion James Wade plays Jermaine Wattimena in the 1st Round. Also in the bottom half Ian White takes on Max Hopp, Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts meets John Henderson and Jelle Klaasen takes on No.2 seed Peter Wright.

The top half looks tougher.....apart from Gary Anderson, it’s Michael Smith against Jonny Clayton and Aussie star Kyle Anderson meets Raymond van Barneveld.....the winner of that could face Gary in round two!

And Keegan Brown has a mouth-watering clash against Dave Chisnall, while Joe Cullen will play Gerwyn Price.

1st Round Draw (seeds in brackets):

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Adrian Lewis (16) v James Wilson

Dave Chisnall (8) v Keegan Brown

Michael Smith (9) v Jonny Clayton

Daryl Gurney (5) v Steve West

Gerwyn Price (12) v Joe Cullen

Gary Anderson (4) v Stephen Bunting

Raymond van Barneveld (13) v Kyle Anderson

Peter Wright (2) v Jelle Klaasen

Kim Huybrechts (15) v John Henderson

Simon Whitlock (7) v Richard North

James Wade (10) v Jermaine Wattimena

Mensur Suljovic (6) v Steve Beaton

Ian White (11) v Max Hopp

Rob Cross (3) v Mervyn King

Darren Webster (14) v Steve Lennon

By STUART PYKE in Las Vegas

Posted in Unicorn Darts