Taylor v Newton: Phil to Power in the 180s
Wes Newton of course did well to qualify from Group F, but he will be cursing his luck after being edged out 5-4 by Paul Nicholson in what was the shoot out to win the group and avoid this meeting with the man that everyone wants to avoid, Phil Taylor.
The Power has won this tournament three times in the past and is in the kind of form that will have his opponents quaking in their boots. After a rare slump in results he is right back to his best, winning the MatchPlay, European Championships, Grand Prix and Championship League over the last five months and his averages have steadily improved over the group stage this week, peaking in his win over King on Wednesday night at 100.93.
Unfortunately for the Warrior, history does not provide much optimism as in the 18 times these two have met, Wes has picked up just one win, although to drag a positive out of the situation, that one win came just two months ago in the Championship League.
Newton has had an extremely good year, reaching two major quarter-finals and the final of the UK Open and is getting closer and closer to being one of the very biggest names in the business, however, he, like everyone else, is still not in the same league as The Power, as his odds of 9/2 reflect, which probably will have been his longest all year.
There is no real value in betting on a Taylor win, with best price being 2/13, but the handicap markets also seem a little harsh on Newton as they are all offering Taylor at -4.5 and I can see it being a little closer than that.
In a match that is likely to last at least 15 legs I would be very tempted to back Taylor to hit over 4.5 180s as one in every three legs is comfortably within his capabilities.
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