Taylor v Painter: Power has measure of Artist
One of the most one-sided records in darting history will have to be overturned on Thursday evening if Kevin Painter is to get anything from his match against Phil Taylor in Aberdeen.
These two seasoned professionals have met 26 times with their rivalry stemming all the way back to the 2000 Grand Prix, and in all those contests, the Artist has prevailed just once.
It is quite a hoodoo to hold over a player that has consistently been in the top 20 in the world for that period of time, and heavy World Matchplay defeats of 13-3 and 16-4 in 2009 and ’10 will have left especially deep mental wounds on Painter.
However, things have been looking very good for the man from Daventry over the last few months; the fact he is in this competition is testament to that, and any that thought he might be found out at this level were proved wrong by his impressive opening night defeat of reigning champ Gary Anderson.
Phil Taylor had a rollercoaster evening last Thursday, having to dig deep and come from 6-1 down to draw 7-7 with Adrian Lewis, and the manner of the comeback will give him some momentum going into this contest north of the border.
Last year when the Power was thrashed by Jackpot on opening night and then didn’t lose again until the semi-finals, so this minor blip will not be playing on his mind.
Taylor is understandably a strong favourite at 2/7 so there isn’t much value there, and I’m not so sure Painter will be thrashed so the -3.5 handicap markets are a little risky.
Looking at the 180 markets, over 6.5 looks a little too many so I would take the under 6.5 180s at 8/11 with Ladbrokes.
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