Interwetten European Darts Matchplay: Draw, schedule, prize money and preview

The ninth European Tour event of 2022 heads to Germany this weekend, with Trier Arena playing host to some of the world's best darts stars.

PDC's European Tour heads to Germany for a weekend of darting action, with top seed Gerywn Price and defending champion Joe Cullen headlining the action at Trier Arena.

Play begins at 12:00 BST on Friday, July 1 and will conclude on Sunday, July 3, with the final session expected to start around 18:00.

The tournament boasts an overall prize fund of £140,000, with £25,000 handed out to the winner, while the runner-up claims £10,000 and both losing semi-finalists scoop £6,500.

Friday's play consists of 13 matches held across two sesssions. Following the withdrawals of Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith, the trio of Jeffrey de Zwaan, Luke Woodhouse and Gabriel Clemens will all receive byes to round two.

There are still a handful of standout ties in the opening round however, including a blockbuster match that sees Danny Noppert - a finalist at last month's Dutch Darts Championship - take on 2021 World Cup runner-up Rowby-John Rodriguez.

Germany's Florian Hempel is bound to receive a warm welcome by his home crowd, and he'll hope they can roar him on to victory against former World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks.

Elsewhere, Scott Williams faces Radek Szaganski, Mervyn King goes head-to-head with UK Open quarter-finalist Sebastian Bialecki, and Martin Lukeman opens the evening session with a match against John Michael.

Following Friday's 13 matches, all seeded players enter the fray for Saturday's second round. Gerwyn Price will look to have his hands on more silverware this weekend, but his tournament starts with a difficult match against either Noppert or Rodriguez.

Meanwhile Cullen's title defence starts against the winner of Ian White vs Joe Murnan.

Joe Cullen celebrates in Darts Premier League

Rob Cross, a three-time runner-up on the European Tour in 2022, faces either Johan Engstrom or James Wilson, while Dimitri Van den Bergh awaits the winner of Hempel or Brooks, as he aims to build on his World Series of Darts double in Copenhagen and Amsterdam during June.

Sunday's Finals will see the last 16 take place in the afternoon session, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final are held in the evening session.

Coverage will be streamed through DAZN for viewers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and through PDCTV for subscribers in all other territories, as well as through bookmakers worldwide.

Schedule of Play

Danny Noppert wins the UK Open against Michael Smith

Friday July 1

First Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Johan Engstrom v James Wilson

Ross Montgomery v Jermaine Wattimena

Jamie Hughes v Wesley Plaisier

Radek Szaganski v Scott Williams

Niels Zonneveld v Cameron Menzies

Joe Murnan v Ian White

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Martin Lukeman v John Michael

Sebastian Bialecki v Mervyn King

Callan Rydz v Jon Worsley

Madars Razma v Dragutin Horvat

Lukas Wenig v Steve Lennon

Danny Noppert v Rowby-John Rodriguez

Florian Hempel v Bradley Brooks

Saturday July 2

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Krzysztof Ratajski v Luke Woodhouse

Rob Cross v Johan Engstrom/James Wilson

Nathan Aspinall v Ross Montgomery/Jermaine Wattimena

Stephen Bunting v Sebastian Bialecki/Mervyn King

Damon Heta v Callan Rydz/Jon Worsley

Ryan Searle v Martin Lukeman/John Michael

Jose de Sousa v Jamie Hughes/Wesley Plaisier

Chris Dobey v Lukas Wenig/Steve Lennon

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Luke Humphries v Niels Zonneveld/Cameron Menzies

Jonny Clayton v Radek Szaganski/Scott Williams

Daryl Gurney v Gabriel Clemens

Gerwyn Price v Danny Noppert/Rowby-John Rodriguez

Joe Cullen v Joe Murnan/Ian White

Martin Schindler v Madars Razma/Dragutin Horvat

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Florian Hempel/Bradley Brooks

Dirk van Duijvenbode v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Sunday July 3

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Third Round

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Final

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