Chisnall out to achieve the impossible
Phil Taylor’s predictable march to the final of the World Grand Prix has barely met any opposition but he is set for his toughest test of the tournament in the showpiece on Sunday night against an in-form Dave Chisnall.
Chizzy was considered a dark horse for the tournament before a dart was thrown after recently winning the German Darts Championship and a Players Championship event but for him to come through the half of the draw featuring Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis is some achievement, arguably the best of his career.
The bookies do not fancy his chances though with the man from St Helens out at a best price of 9/2 with Bet365 whilst the Power is the hot favourite at 1/6 with Paddy Power.
The thing about Phil Taylor is that he really does not lose major finals. This will be his 11th in the World Grand Prix and he is yet to be defeated, he has contested 14 World Matchplay finals and never lost one, his worst return is at the World Championship where he has played in 19 finals and only managed 16 wins, the point is, he is not someone who chokes when the pressure is on.
It is difficult to say if Chisnall is the same as this is his first major final in the PDC. He did reach the World Championship final in his BDO days back in 2010, a match he narrowly lost against the far more experienced Martin Adams so he showed he has the bottle to challenge.
As Rod Studd mentioned on Saturday night, to Taylor’s disgust, Chizzy does have a huge win over the Power as he knocked him out of the 2012 World Championship with a stunning second round performance so a victory is not out of the question.
Taylor’s preparation last night was far from ideal as he heads into his 11th Grand Prix Final. James Wade’s total capitulation along with the ruffling of feathers in the post-match interview will leave him both technically and mentally not at his very best coming into the showpiece.
With all this in mind it would still be one of the shocks of recent years if Chisnall were able to dethrone the Power although he certainly has the talent to do so. What he should not do is be embarrassed on his PDC major final debut though. Since the Grand Prix final was reduced to best of 11 sets in 2007 only once has it not gone to nine or more and Sky Bet are offering 5/4 on over 8.5 sets tonight which definitely looks worth backing.
• Taylor romps to 11th Grand Prix title
• Tenacious Wade can push Taylor
• Anderson can at least out score Taylor
• Barney could just topple MVG
• Taylor has too much for in form Asset
• MVG can start title defence in style
• Wade vulnerable to Beaton at Grand Prix
• Taylor looks unstoppable ahead of Grand Prix