Draw released for 2021 World Matchplay: Defending champion Van den Bergh to face Petersen in opening round
Defending champion will be Dimitri van den Bergh who will begin his title defence in front of the Winter Gardens crowd against Devon Petersen in a battle of the dancing duo with the walk-ons set to provide a spectacle.
Gerwyn Price will return in front of fans after his withdrawal from the Premier League due to a positive Covid test and will take on Jermaine Wattimena.
In his quarter, an intriguing battle awaits between Jonny Clayton and Dirk van Duijvenbode with a potential meeting between World Cup teammates set.
While, Dave Chisnall will face Vincent van der Voort in what is bound to be a rapid fire encounter.
Michael van Gerwen will be not seeded in the top two for the first time since 2012 and has been handed Damon Heta as his opening round opponent.
Also in his quarter include the ties between Daryl Gurney and Ian White. As well as rival Gary Anderson facing Stephen Bunting and Nathan Aspinall taking on Mervyn King.
Second seed, Peter Wright will take on the in-form Danny Noppert with a tie against Joe Cullen or Chris Dobey awaiting.
Also in Wright's quarter includes Michael Smith facing Ryan Searle and Jose de Sousa who many see as an outside favourite due to his form facing fellow high flier, Gabriel Clemens.
James Wade will repeat his UK Open final against Luke Humphries, while also in his section, Krzysztof Ratajski will face Brendan Dolan.
Former champion, Rob Cross will face recent first time ProTour winner, Ross Smith. While Glen Durrant will aim to return to form against fellow North East ace, Callan Rydz who like many in the field is set for a World Matchplay debut.
2021 World Matchplay Draw
Gerwyn Price (1) v Jermaine Wattimena (N.B Suljovic out for medical reasons)
Jonny Clayton (16) v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dimitri van den Bergh (8) v Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall (9) v Vincent van der Voort
James Wade (4) v Luke Humphries
Rob Cross (5) v Ross Smith
Krzysztof Ratajski (13) v Brendan Dolan
Glen Durrant (12) v Callan Rydz
Peter Wright (2) v Danny Noppert
Joe Cullen (15) v Chris Dobey
Michael Smith (7) v Ryan Searle
José de Sousa (10) v Gabriel Clemens
Gary Anderson (6) v Stephen Bunting
Nathan Aspinall (1) v Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen (3) v Damon Heta
Daryl Gurney (14) v Ian White