Hamilton could just cut the Power
The hot bed of darts that is Stoke-on-Trent produces another final in the 2013 UK Open as Phil Taylor takes on Andy Hamilton for the chance to get their hands on the trophy.
After some stunning wins for the pair of them over the last few days no one can doubt that they deserve to be here, but unfortunately for Hamilton there are plenty doubting whether he can beat The Power in the final.
The bookmakers are certainly not backing him with a best price of a first major for the Hammer being 5/1 whilst Taylor is a best of 1/6, a tiny price but one that reflects the head-to-head record between the two.
Like so many other players on the planet Andy Hamilton has a terrible record against Taylor only beating him four times in the 34 contests between the two. However, and this is a pretty weighty caviat, three of those wins have come since the turn of the year. The pair have played four times this year already and the Hammer has won three quarters of them. Once in the UK Masters, once in the Premier League and most recently in the Dubai Masters.
This has to mean something in the scheme of things and it will certainly mean that Hamilton will not be afraid of Taylor in the final as many have been in the past. There is also quite a strong feeling of last year’s final about this one as Robert Thornton came through against the odds then was given no chance in the final only to oust the world number one.
Taylor could crush Hamilton if he is at his peak but the Hammer has already beaten James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld today, he looks a great price to seal an incredible and unlikely hat-trick.
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