Taylor looks unstoppable ahead of Grand Prix
The ever-popular and entirely unique World Grand Prix is back on our television screens this Monday from Dublin and there is no doubt in anybody’s mind who is the favourite to lift the trophy, that man being Phil “The Power” Taylor.
The world number one has been in nigh-on unstoppable form since he won the UK Open back at the start of June with very few defeats and plenty of silverware coming his way since. He has been selective with the tournaments he has entered in recent weeks but he proved he is still in fine fettle when he romped through Group One of the Championship League and booked his place in the winner’s group later in the year.
His rampant form sees him head to the Citywest Hotel in Dublin as the 9/4 favourite with Bwin for the title (which would be his 11th) and it is pretty difficult to argue with him doing just that.
His downfall last year came at the hands of Rob Thornton who was in top form and held something of a jinx over the Power at the time, there is no one really out there at the minute who can offer those two qualities.
His nearest challenger in the odds is the defending champion Michael van Gerwen who is a best price of 9/2 with Bet Victor but at this juncture that doesn’t look like a particularly tempting price. MVG looked set to usurp Taylor as the dominant darting force on the planet when he beat him in the Premier League final but he has tailed off a little bit since then and has played second fiddle to the Power in recent months.
In fact in tournaments of late Mighty Mike has failed to get his hands on silverware even with Taylor out of the picture. Two European tour events, two Players Championships and two Championship League groups have passed without the Power involved and without the Dutchman winning and there is no real reason why he can turn that streak around in Ireland.
Assuming Taylor reaches the final from the top half of the draw, there may be some each-way value in the bottom half if MVG fails to fire again. Adrian Lewis is the obvious choice after reaching the final at the Matchplay and having been to the final in Dublin before as well. He is obviously more than capable but his hot streak seems to have cooled a little and cannot be backed with much confidence.
The value in that half could well be Andy Hamilton who is remarkably consistent in televised events, reached the final of the UK Open in June and looked in great form in the Championship League recently. The Hammer is 33/1 with Bet365 and that is some great each-way value.
Phil Taylor to win @ 9/4 with Bwin
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