Taylor v Nicholson: Yet another grudge match

Nicholson has hit the most 180s of any player heading into the quarter-finals

These so-called grudge matches between Phil Taylor and Paul Nicholson are coming around so regularly and concluding so one sided that they are becoming a bit monotonous.

Sky will, undoubtedly, do their best to hype it up. But the match-up has lost its spark. Taylor has been so dominant – winning their last eight meetings since the UK Open – that there is an air of inevitability out this particular match.

I don’t doubt that Nicholson will have learned a lot from recent losses to The Power. He is that type of player. However, I do not think that he has learned enough, yet, to reverse his fortunes.

Taylor has improved steadily throughout the tournament and blew Wes Newton away with a 112.37 three-dart average on Friday night. Nobody in the game is capable of living with the relentless pressure that darts of that type of quality produces.

At odds of 1/9 few are expecting anything other than a ninth consecutive victory for The Power. The question must be whether he can break the handicap. With the quarters being a race to 16 legs Bet365 are giving The Asset a 6.5 legs head start at odds of 4/5, but even that looks a little stingy.

However, there is value in the 180s match bet market. Perhaps surprisingly for a player that is not a notorious power scorer Nicholson has hit the most 180s (16) of any player heading into the quarter-finals. Some seven more than Taylor has managed in his four matches so far. At odds of 11/8 we’ll have a bit of Nicholson to hit the most maximums.

Recommended Bet:

Nicholson to hit most 180s @ 11/8 with Sky Bet [£10 Free Bet]

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 19/11/2011 - 13:10 PM
Filed in:- Grand Slam of Darts Betting News, Phil Taylor

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