Taylor to win big after woes
A wide berth is what any sensible person will have given Phil Taylor this week after three losses in a seven day period that have seen him tumble from first to fourth in the Premier League and dumped out of the UK Masters at the quarter-final stage.
The Power will be seething at this unprecedented failure and will be out to make amends this week against Wes Newton who could well be in for a tough night against the world number one. Last week I predicted a Taylor backlash against Andy Hamilton and it didn’t emerge but this week Newton could well be in a world of hurt on the oche.
The Warrior has beaten Taylor twice before, but both were in the Championship League and he has taken some pretty heavy beatings on the big stage. His form has been steady if unspectacular and it looks like relegation is the most likely outcome for his debut season in the Premier League. Newton could well not do a lot wrong in this one but there has just got to be a big reaction from the Power and I expect him to win comfortably. Taylor with a -3.5 handicap is just in our favour at 6/5 with Paddy Power and that looks about right to me.
The final match of the evening sees the league leader Raymond van Barneveld take on third placed James Wade in what could easily be the match of the night. Barney has been superb this tournament so far winning four and drawing one of his six matches to date. He should really have won against Rob Thornton last week but a wobble at the end cost him a point. Wade has not been far behind though and has turned in some memorable performances, none more so than his 7-1 demolition of Thornton in Nottingham.
Barney is the favourite for this one and he looks a very good price at 6/5 with William Hill as given his form it would not have been out of the question for him to be odds-on for this one. Wade has been very dangerous though so although I would lean towards Barney it wouldn’t be with the utmost confidence.
Their matches in the Premier League over the years have regularly been very close, as you would expect from two evenly matched players and they have had two draws in the last two campaigns. For this one to go to over 11.5 legs is a best price of 6/5 with Sky Bet and that looks as good an option as any for this one.
Phil Taylor (-3.5) to win @ 6/5 with Paddy Power
James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld over 11.5 legs @ 6/5 with Sky Bet
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• Perfect time for Power v Barney
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• Expect a Taylor backlash
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• Nothing between Wade and Thornton
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