Taylor v Wade: Machine can out-180 the Power
No one could deny the fact that both James Wade and Phil Taylor deserve their places in the semi-final of the World Matchplay having had to battle hard throughout the competition so far and produce some sensational darts along the way.
Taylor may have had it relatively easy in the first round as he saw-off an out of sorts Stuart Kellett but it has been anything but since then with long and bruising encounters with Terry Jenkins and Justin Pipe which have seen him have to produce his best darts to progress.
The Machine has had it tough as well with every opponent he has faced having appeared in a World Championship final and you could see why during the contests. He battled past John Part first up, then surged back to beat Gary Anderson and finally slogged it out to despatch Simon Whitlock in over time in the last eight.
Both men will be mentally drained from these bouts but they are both very used to appearing at this stage of contests and will be prepared and confident of victory. What they are not used to though is facing each other in the last four stage of competitions. They have played 45 times in the PDC but only two of these games have been in a semi-final and neither of those came in front of the television cameras. These matches are often reserved for finals which these two have incredibly contested 15 of, but the semi is new territory in a way.
Of the 45 matches between the two Wade has won just five, none since 2010 and none on television since February 2009 in the Premier League. Couple this with the fact that the Power’s lowest average so far this tournament has been 102.64 and you can see why the world number one has been made the clear favourite for this one.
The best price on Taylor is the 2/7 that Boyle Sports are offering whilst the number four player on the planet is all the way out at 7/2 with Bet Victor. For a man of the quality of Wade this is an incredible price really and some will be tempted in but it is still difficult to see him overcoming the world champion.
In all honesty it is difficult to find many profitable markets for this one but unusually in the most 180s market both men are available at odds-against, so there is certainly money to be made there. The reason the market is tight is that there has been little between them so far on the maximums with Wade hitting 17 and Taylor 15 on route to the semis. Taylor switches to treble 19 as much as anyone in the game and that is what will always negate his ability to hit maximums. Wade is near enough in top form and looks good value to out-do the Power on the 180s at 11/10 with Sky Bet.
James Wade most 180s @ 11/10 with Sky Bet
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