Anderson can at least out score Taylor
With six of the top eight seeds still remaining and four stellar matches to come, the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Grand Prix is set to be an incredible Friday evening at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
First up is tournament favourite Phil Taylor facing Gary Anderson in what could be an absolute classic or a damp squib depending on which Anderson turns up. If it is the first round Ando who demolished Jelle Klaasen this will be sensational, if it is the second round Scot who scraped past Wes Newton it should not be a close match.
Taylor, however, was far from his best in his last match against Paul Nicholson but it is very rare you will see two under-par performances in a row from the great man and he is bound to improve tonight.
The Power is 2/9 for the win with Sky Bet with Anderson out at 7/2 with Paddy Power. If the Flying Scotsman finds his rhythm and gets off to a good start then this could prove a great price, especially as he has beaten Taylor in both games they have played this year already.
Ando has a chance of the win, but an even better one of beating the Power in the 180 market where he is much more prolific than the world number one and is worth backing at EVENS with Paddy Power.
The man directly behind Taylor in the odds is Michael van Gerwen who is set for a fast-paced thriller against Dave Chisnall and much the same can be said about this one as the Taylor-Anderson contest; if Chizzy is at his best it will be sensational, anything less than that and it won’t.
I fancy this one to be the match of the night and Chisnall to really push MVG all the way, whether he will win or not is questionable but it should be a cracking contest and over 16.5 legs looks good at EVENS with Sky Bet.
Another clash that could steal the show sees James Wade face Simon Whitlock, a contest that Wade is marginal favourite for at 10/11 with Boyle Sports whilst the Wizard is behind at EVENS with Bet Victor.
Neither have been particularly impressive to date in the competition without a 90 average between them in the four matches played but the quality will surely step up in the last eight when they know they cannot give their opponent chances as Wade did against Steve Beaton and Connie Finnan.
The Machine’s brilliant track record in this tournament is why he is marginal favourite over the Aussie who has a poor history in Dublin but this one will go all the way. Wade has been producing his trademark displays which involve playing pretty badly throughout then scraping a win at the end so far and he may well do that again on Friday. The match to go all the way to five sets is 7/4 with Sky Bet and that looks a fabulous price for these two evenly matched players.
Finally, the lowest profile last eight clash sees Justin Pipe take on Andy Hamilton after Pipe’s shock 3-0 win over Adrian Lewis in the second round. The Force was excellent in that contest and if he performs like that again then the Hammer is in trouble. It is Hamilton who is favourite though at a best price of 8/15 with Sporting Bet whilst Pipe is 7/4 with Ladbrokes and that is fair enough given the Stoke man’s far superior experience at the latter stages of major tournaments.
The value could well be in backing Pipe in the maximum market as he is very under-rated as a 180 hitter. He managed four in a relatively short match against Adrian Lewis and is 11/8 with Sky Bet to hit over 3.5 tonight which looks great value.
Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor – Anderson most 180s @ EVENS with Paddy Power
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall over 16.5 legs @ EVENS with Sky Bet
James Wade v Simon Whitlock over 4.5 sets @ 7/4 with Sky Bet
Justin Pipe over 3.5 180s @ 11/8 with Sky Bet
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• Chisnall out to do the impossible
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• Barney could just topple MVG
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• MVG can start title defence in style
• Wade vulnerable to Beaton at Grand Prix
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