Taylor v Wade: Machine can handle Power
Next in the firing line of Phil Taylor’s barrage of tungsten is James Wade. The Machine has won his last three matches, after losing his first three, and comes into this match in good form. But he’ll need to raise that form to another level completely if he is to get anything from this Thursday’s match.
Taylor’s averages may have dipped slightly in the last couple of weeks but they are still monstrously high in comparison to some of his mere mortal colleagues. His tournament average is only a fraction below 110, while the next highest in the competition is Barney’s 99.13. There are 15 points between The Power’s figures and those of his opponent this week.
But Wade isn’t incapable of causing an upset. At his best – which he is self-admittedly a long way from reaching – The Machine can go toe-to-toe with Taylor, and given the way Wade has gradually improved throughout this tournament I don’t anticipate another now-familiar landslide victory for the 15-time World Champion.
For Wade to pick up all two points may be asking a little too much, but he is worth backing in the handicap market with a +3.5 leg head start. When the double tens start landing in the middle of the red bit he can be a difficult opponent to shake off, even for a player in the form of The Power.
• Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot to roll on
• Wade v Whitlock: Back the maximums
• Painter v Taylor: A potential whitewash
• Hamilton v Whitlock: A grudge match with no grudge
• Lewis v Painter: Do or die time for Jackpot
• Anderson v Van Barneveld: Dutchman is most reliable bet
• Anderson v Whitlock: Aussie to spoil the party
• Wade v Lewis: Revenge of the Machine
• Taylor v Hamilton: No relent in Power surge
• Van Barneveld v Painter: A Scottish homecoming
• 20/1 for another record-breaking average
• Painter v Hamilton: Tight match too close to call
• Lewis v Whitlock: Another Jackpot draw
• Wade v Barney: Form lines favour Dutchman
• Taylor v Anderson: Value in Power 180s