Taylor v Jenkins: Like a Bull to the slaughter
It is a rare occasion when two of the world’s top 10 must battle it out in the first round of a big tournament, but that is exactly what will happen on Friday night in Doncaster, as the Power looks to keep up his incredible record over the Bull.
There are very few players who have anything but an atrocious record against Phil Taylor, and although Terry Jenkins’ two victories were notable, television successes, they are still made to look rather puny next to the 29 that Taylor has in his win column.
Jenkins put in something of a surprise performance at the Grand Slam last month, escaping from a tricky group and narrowly losing out at the quarter-final stage which would suggest he has finally found some form after a lengthy period in the doldrums.
However, this mini resurgence pales in comparison to the purple patch that the world number one is currently residing in. The Power is at his incredibly dominant best with his form on the stage and the floor seemingly unstoppable. His aggregate score in Wolverhampton last month was 73 legs to 30 with his lowest average in the knockout stages being 104.46. These are the kind of masterful performances that are near impossible to keep up with, and certainly not over a whole tournament.
The odds reflect the extremely slim chance that Jenkins has of advancing to the second round at the Doncaster Dome, as Taylor is best priced at 1/8. The value could be found with Victor Chandler offering 5/6 on Taylor hitting an average of over 102.5. Although he is sometimes labeled as a slow starter, he will know Jenkins will offer a challenge in a first to six legs format and I expect Taylor to come out firing. Back him to eclipse the 102.5 target.
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