Hamilton v Taylor: Another handicap win for Power
Top meets bottom on Thursday night in Nottingham and there will be very few expecting Andy Hamilton to upset the odds against a rampant Phil Taylor.
The Power has really been turned up to 11 this year in the Premier League and since his draw with Adrian Lewis in the very first week no one has really got close to him. Even when it looked like Kevin Painter was going to put some pressure on him seven weeks ago, he showed that second gear that no one else had, hitting a 9-darter and going on to win comfortably.
He routed the Artist more convincingly last time out and that followed wins in both the UK Qualifying events in Barnsley the previous weekend, which just goes to show the incredible rhythm he is in at the moment.
It has been like leading lambs to the slaughter when men make their way to the stage to face the world number one, and Hamilton will be desperate to be the one who can turn the axe back on the executioner.
Unfortunately for the Hammer though, there is little to suggest that he is going to do this, and the odds of 1/7 on a Taylor win sum up how likely Hamilton is to get the chop.
The world finalist has only beaten Taylor once and that was away from the television cameras in a Players Championship event in Ireland. Like everyone else on the tour he has had some pretty heavy defeats against The Power and his 8-3 loss in Glasgow in this competition was another one-sided contest.
Hamilton looked good as he picked up a big win over Lewis last week but he is going to have to stick another five points on his 95 average to even compete with the league leader, which I don’t think he is capable of doing.
No one has been within five legs of Taylor in the last four weeks and I expect that trend to continue in Nottingham.
Phil Taylor (-4.5) to win @ 19/20 with Blue SQ
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