Can anyone cut the Power?

The Power may not have needed it, but he has been relatively fortunate with his draw

Those pre-tournament prices of around 2/1 on a Phil Taylor victory are looking all the more generous now as the Power has coasted through to the last eight and now the best the bookies have to offer is a meagre 4/7 from William Hill.

The Power may not have needed it, but he has been relatively fortunate with his draw, not meeting anybody who is in really good touch, that is until he faces the raging bull Terry Jenkins in the quarter-finals.

The world number 10 has looked rejuvenated so far in Bolton, and it is easy to see why Sky Sports pundit John Gwynne was tipping him up before we got under way at the Reebok.  His best price to lift his first major trophy  is out at 25/1 which reflects the fact he is facing  Taylor, but if he can conquer the Power then this price will tumble into single figures, so if you fancy an upset, get in now with Boyle Sports.

The winner of this clash will take on either Jamie Caven or Dennis Ovens, two of the rank outsiders left in the competition; you can back either man at 50/1 to be celebrating on Sunday evening.  Both very good players, but for either to come through the quality they will have to face in the semis and final is too much to ask.  50/1 with three matches to go looks very tempting, but it wold be wasted money I’m afraid.

The man who the bookies see as most likely to usurp the Power is his world championships conqueror Dave Chisnall who has come right in from 16/1 to 5/1 in places, with his best price being 13/2 with Paddy Power.  He looked like a potential champion in his win over Simon Whitlock in round five, but a likely path from here on in of Barneveld, Newton and Taylor is as tough as it gets and might prove too much even for his prodigious talent.

The same can obviously be said for Barney who faces the same path and is second favourite even to conquer the first obstacle of Chisnall.  You can’t rule out the great man, but I would be wanting better than 9/1 to think about backing him here.

Wes Newton is third favourite at 8/1 and is fully expected to see off Robert Thornton in the last eight, but a match against the winner of Chisnall and Van Barneveld would be too close to call in itself to really back him to come through that then the final.

Unfortunately, as can be the way with a free draw, it looks like it has fallen into the hands of Phil Taylor.  The sheer effort that the likes of Chisnall or Newton will have to muster just to get to the final could mean that they are spent forces by the time they get there; Taylor’s relatively easy run should mean he has  plenty left in the tank.

Unless the Bull can cause the Power some problems I can’t look beyond the great man adding a fifth UK Open title to his enormous trophy cabinet.

Recommended Bet:

Phil Taylor to win @ 4/7 with William Hill


Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 10/06/2012 - 12:53 PM
Filed in:- UK Open Darts Betting News, Phil Taylor

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