Grand Slam Betting: Taylor v Hubbard

Taylor has bounced back to win the last three major tournaments

After reaching the finals of the World Youth Championships, it is a baptism of fire for young James Hubbard and debuts don’t come much tougher than Phillip Taylor. A small crumb of comfort the 20-year-old form Norfolk can take from this, however, is that Taylor has started recent games reasonably slow compared to his usual standard. Peter Wright was able to take the first set off him in their 1st round match at the Grand Prix after missed doubles by Taylor, and the much-written-off John Michael won the first leg of the match against the throw after Taylor missed a dart for the leg at the European Championships.

After a brief period of experimenting with wearing glasses during play, Taylor stumbled out of last year's Grand Slam, and whilst showing flashes of his best, still seemed out of sorts during his World Championship, Premier League and UK Open campaigns. With Taylor seemingly on his way down, he has bounced back to win the last three major tournaments and seems at his near-invincible best again. Despite the double-in format, Taylor was able to produce a fantastic tournament average of 97.56 in Dublin. The Stoke thrower also posted averages of 105 and 104 respectively during his recent successes in Blackpool and Dusseldorf.

Taylor opens up the match betting at an absolute best of 1/14, which will deter even the heaviest punter, which has us looking elsewhere for the value. Although previously stated Taylor could start off slow based on recent matches, the man is a perfectionist, who is playing rock solid darts at the moment. As of now, and it certainly could drop, there is a price of 11/10 on offer for Taylor to whitewash the inexperienced Hubbard, and in such a short format, it certainly provides a value bet in terms of this matchup.

Recommended bet:

Phil Taylor to win 5-0 @ 11/10 with William Hill [£25 Free Bet]

Written By:- Michael McGhee (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 10/11/2011 - 12:57 PM
Filed in:- Grand Slam of Darts Betting News, Phil Taylor

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