Taylor to prove he is The Master
The Coral Masters takes place for the very first time this weekend with the top 16 players in the world battling it out for the £50,000 first prize which unsurprisingly Phil Taylor is the favourite to claim.
The world number one has been unstoppable for months ever since his clinical victory at the UK Open in June. Since then he has claimed the World Matchplay, Sydney Darts Masters, World Grand Prix and Championship League to add to his endless achievements and has barely lost a match in five months.
As a result he is a best price of just 13/8 with Boyle Sports to claim the inaugural Masters title in Edinburgh and it will take a brave man to back against him doing just that. He kicks off his quest against Terry Jenkins and then meets either Wes Newton or Justin Pipe in the quarter-finals, so he is unlikely to be truly tested until at least the last four.
The man in the hottest form coming into the competition is Kim Huybrechts who has already claimed a Pro Tour title and the Dutch Darts Masters this month. The Belgian may just be starting to show the promise he has shown for a couple of years now and could be a real threat in Scotland but must hit the ground running as he kicks off the tournament against Adrian Lewis.
The Hurricane goes into the contest with Jackpot as second favourite but he has every chance of pulling off an upset if he can keep up the form he showed in Holland last weekend which saw him defeat Michael van Gerwen amongst others. Kim is 33/1 with Sporting Bet to win the event and could well be worth an each-way punt.
MVG is the second favourite for the competition at a best of 10/3 with Boyle Sports but given his recent lack of success in terms of lifting trophies he does not look a great bet. After winning a huge amount of silverware over the first six months of the year the Dutchman has gone off the boil and looks a lot more vulnerable than he did when he was winning the Premier League.
It really is hard to look beyond Taylor yet again for this one especially with Michael van Gerwen out of sorts and Adrian Lewis with a very tough opening contest. None of the other big names are showing any kind of form to speak of leaving the Power alone at the top of the tree.
If Huybrechts keeps up his tremendous form then he can challenge but Taylor will just keep on winning.
Phil Taylor to win @ 13/8 with Boyle Sports
Kim Huybrechts to win (E/W) @ 33/1 with Sporting Bet