Power to completely de-rail Flying Scotsman
It seems an awfully long time ago that Gary Anderson was lifting the Premier League title in 2011 having beaten Adrian Lewis in the final. That win looked like it could herald in an era of success for the Scot but he is yet to win another trophy, he finished bottom of the following Premier League and is set to struggle some more this time around.
Anderson has just one win from four matches and finds himself second bottom in the table with just two points. It has been an odd mix of performances from the Flying Scotsman that has seen him struggle with his doubles as is expected of him but last week in Exeter he could not keep up with Robert Thornton’s scoring which is highly unusual.
Things are not going to get any more straight forward either as he prepares to take on the league leader Phil Taylor in Nottingham. The Power has not been at his very best over the first four weeks but he has still managed two wins and a pair of draws to take him to number one in the table.
Anderson used to have a decent record against the Power a few years ago but Taylor has stomped this out and has not lost to the Scot since a UK Open qualifier two years ago. There is just nothing to suggest that Anderson will get anything out of this contest at all and unless he can find some of the genius that he does possess but is so often hidden away then he could be in for a heavy defeat.
Taylor is not a man to show mercy to somebody struggling for form and it is worth backing him for a big win here. William Hill are offering 11/10 for the Power to win with a -3.5 handicap allowing him to win 7-3 or better and given Anderson’s form that looks like a distinct possibility.
The final match of the evening sees Wes Newton take on Simon Whitlock in a contest that both will see as a must win to ease themselves away from the relegation zone. Both have had differing fortunes in recent weeks as the Aussie has not won since week one, suffering three defeats on the spin whilst Newton recovered from two early losses with a draw and a win in his last two.
However, Newton’s game has really not improved too much despite his results enjoying an upturn whilst Whitlock has not been playing too badly but has simply been facing some seriously in-form players.
The Wizard remains the favourite for the match for this reason and I think this is fair as Newton’s averages have just simply not been good enough so far and if he performs as he has been against Whitlock then he won’t come away with anything.
Whitlock is just flirting with danger at the foot of the table but I expect him to put an end to those fears in Nottingham and at 19/20 with Blue Square to win the match he looks a pretty good price.
Phil Taylor (-3.5) to win @ 11/10 with William Hill
Simon Whitlock to win @ 19/20 with Blue Square
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