Taylor worth backing for Players Championship 9
It has become an annual tradition that the PDC players warm-up for the World Grand Prix with two Players Championships in Dublin the weekend before the big one starts and every one of them will want to get into good form ahead of the double-in-double-out extravaganza at the CityWest.
Despite the Players Championship events not taking the same format as the Grand Prix, they are a good barometer of form as the man who has won the first of the weekend events has gone on to lift the Grand Prix title in each of the last two years. Phil Taylor won the 21st Players Championship of the 2011 season then went on to win his 10th Grand Prix whilst Michael van Gerwen won the Saturday event last year then defeated Mervyn King just over a week later to pocket £100,000.
It is no surprise that it is these two men who are favourites to prosper in the Saturday tournament this year again. Taylor does not often compete in these events but when he does he is naturally the man to beat and is a best price of 11/4 with Bet Victor to claim victory in the first competition of the weekend.
MVG has lost the form that saw him claim endless victories at the start of the year but is clearly still a threat and is a best of 4/1 with Boyle Sports to win Saturday’s competition.
The man who won the most recent ranking event is Steve Beaton after his surprise victory at the German Darts Masters at the end of last month but the Adonis is not expected to keep up that fine form and is a best price of 80/1 with Sporting Bet for victory on Saturday.
The sensible bet in this one is certainly going to be Phil Taylor who has not lost a match since the start of July when he was dumped out of the European Championship by Ronnie Huybrechts and he continued to look in great touch in his recent group win in the Championship League.
He will be fully focussed on victory on the Saturday knowing that if he picks up the win he can relax on Sunday and begin the Grand Prix in confident mood on Monday against Jamie Caven. It is boring but back the Power.