Taylor v Wade: Machine can't handle Power
It is one of the biggest matches in the sport and the rivalry between Phil Taylor and James Wade, especially in the Premier League, has thrown up some of the most memorable moments in recent history.
Obviously the 2010 final is the standout of any of the pair’s encounters as the Power made history to hit two 9-darters, and then only narrowly won the match 10-8. On nearly any other night Wade’s performance would have been enough to see him win his second Premier League, but Taylor found an extra gear that no one else has or has ever had to secure the win and leave the watching world stunned.
It was the Machine who was one the right side of their earlier memorable contests though as he became the first man to beat Taylor in this competition on his debut in 2008. He managed the feat again the following year and has also drawn with the Power twice, so he really does have experience in getting at the world number one on a Premier League stage.
Unfortunately for Wade though, it has been nearly two years since he has prospered over Taylor and even then it was away from the television cameras in the Championship League. He has been on the wrong end of some heavy defeats in that time as well, most recently an 8-1 thrashing just two weeks ago in Birmingham.
The Power has been immense in this competition yet again, but he has shown one or two signs that he can be vulnerable. Despite inexplicably not making the final four, Adrian Lewis has shown that you can repeatedly succeed against the great man if you go and play without fear, and similarly, a pressure-free Gary Anderson managed a draw with him last time out.
If Wade can go out there with the right attitude and start well then he has a chance, but everything will have to go right and Taylor will have to be off from his 117-averaging best. 2/9 is the best price being offered on a Taylor win and although this might be a little harsh on a man with the pedigree of Wade, it sums up the Power’s dominance over the world number three in recent times.
I expect Taylor to win, but Wade will certainly put up a fight and I expect around 12 or 13 legs to be played, so the offer of evens on over 6.5 maximums looks quite good in a game of that between players of this calibre.
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