Taylor v Anderson: Play the obvious 180s markets
Phil Taylor meets Gary Anderson in the Grand Slam final following a fantastic afternoon of darts at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Taylor and Anderson emerged victorious from two enthralling matches and will now go head to head for the coveted title.
Each semi-final was absorbing, but for different reasons. The first saw Taylor beat Adrian Lewis as both men posted three-dart averages in excess of 100. The Power’s ruthless streak seeing him take out the big numbers when it mattered and book his place in the final.
Anderson, on the other hand, was far from his best and especially early on struggled on the doubles. But, having handed Mark Walsh a 10-6 lead he battled back brilliantly to win 10 of the next 11 legs and seal a 16-11 victory. The Scot will be well aware that he must up his finishing considerably if he is to take the title.
After losing his opening match to Nigel Heydon it has been a remarkable week for Anderson. Despite openly admitting to not being right mentally, he showed great fortitude to battle back against Walsh. However, should he allow Taylor to take a similar lead then the 15-time World Champion will not allow him back into the game in the way that Special Brew did.
In fact, this match could be as good as over inside the first session. If Anderson starts slowly and Taylor goes in 4-1 or 5-0 up at the first break, then, even at such an early stage, it might be all over. For that reason I am staying well clear of the match odds market where Taylor is 1/6 and Anderson 9/2.
Instead let us look at the 180s markets. It was his power scoring that kept Anderson in the game against Walsh as he hit a record-equalling 13 180s throughout the match. Taylor could only manage a meagre five in comparison.
William Hill are offering odds of 5/6 on there being more than 15 maximums in this final and 8/15 that Anderson hits the majority. They may seem like obvious bets – probably because they are – but as long as we can get at least 26 or 27 legs in the game then we should expect to see the threshold broken.
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