Grand Slam Betting: Taylor v Beaton
After a routine victory over debutant James Hubbard, Phil Taylor will once again be a huge favourite to add another to the win column and secure qualification to the knockout stages when he faces Steve Beaton. The Power was a comfortable 5-1 victor against the 20 year old from Norfolk, and despite a lower than usual average of 94, the 15 time world champion was never pushed to any great extent in his victory. Beaton meanwhile took the honours in a scrappy game against Mervyn King, a match which most would believe would decide the second qualification spot in the group.
Taylor leads the betting as at a predictably short 1/6 on, while Beaton is 5/1 to produce the upset. With the huge probability that Taylor is victorious the match betting doesn’t provide much in terms in value.
The correct score market could, however, provide us with the much sought value bets, with Taylor coming in at 4/1 for a 5-1 or a 5-2 victory. Beaton should be strong enough to at least get something on the board, and this could be where the real money lies.
The Power is odds on at 10/11 to lead in the 180 scoring, however Beaton at 9/4 may provide a good outside bet, as the Power failed the land a 180 in the match with Hubbard. It is often said that Taylor is the best in the game at finding two big trebles with every visit, however due to the “fat” structure of his darts, the 180s aren’t as common, Beaton on the other hand could pile in a handful of maximums if he gets the lie of his first dart right with regularity.
Punters may also look to the handicap for value. The Power is 4/6 to win by at least three legs, with Beaton at 6/5 to keep the margin to less than three or win outright. Despite victory yesterday the Power looked fairly rusty in his victory. With the cobwebs of the first game cleared and a sterner test tonight in Beaton, Taylor should up his game to claim the victory with some room to spare. In the end, it doesn’t look to be anything more than a routine victory for Taylor.
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