Whitlock the one to turn off Power
It will take some doing for the semi-finals to top the action of the last eight stage at the Players Championship Finals, but with the line-up that has been assembled we could well see even more brilliant darts this evening.
First to return to the stage in Minehead are Kim Huybrechts and Justin Pipe both of whom are vying for their first ever major final in the PDC. Pipe in fact has never even reached the last four on television whilst the Belgian’s only final four appearance came at this year’s European Championship so there is very little experience between the two when it comes to the business end of big tournaments.
Of the two though it is the Hurricane who has been playing the better darts over the weekend, especially as he averaged over 104 in his 10-6 win over Peter Wright earlier in the day. Pipe has been impressive as well but if there is an edge it would be with Kim.
The format moves to first to 11 in the semis and Huybrechts could just win with a decent cushion over that format. He is 6/5 with Boylesports to win with a -2.5 handicap and this looks about right.
The second semi-final could well be an absolute classic as we are treated to a repeat of this year’s Premier League final between Phil Taylor and Simon Whitlock. The Power got out of jail against Andy Hamilton earlier in the day and should really be on his way home, but given the mood the Wizard looks in he is unlikely to be so generous.
Taylor will re-group after his scare against the Hammer and won’t be blown away but he looked worryingly flakey earlier under the pressure of power scoring, which the Australian can produce at the drop of a hat. Whitlock looks great value at 2/1 with William Hill to make another final in what has been an amazing year for him.
Kim Huybrechts to win (-2.5) @ 6/4 with Boylesports
Simon Whitlock to win @ 2/1 with William Hill