Wade v Taylor: Machine is in good touch
If James Wade is to qualify for the semi-finals of this year’s Premier League one expects he will need to take at least two points from his remaining two games against Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld; far from being the simplest of tasks but certainly not beyond a man of The Machine’s abilities.
Although he didn’t do too much wrong in defeat to Kevin Painter last week Wade would have seen the draw as a dropped point. There seemed to be a bit of needle between the two players at the end of the match and perhaps this was another case – as with his loss to Adrian Lewis – of Wade allowing circumstances to effect his concentration.
He does, however, go into this match in good form, having reached the final of the weekend’s Austrian Open. He is also one of the few players that is seemingly undaunted by the prospect of playing Taylor, and I fancy him to take something from this week’s match.
“I've had good results against Phil in the Premier League before and I'm looking forward to playing him on Thursday,” said Wade.
“I'm feeling good and I'm fairly happy with my form. I've won one and drawn two of my last three games and maybe if I'd turned those draws into wins I'd be safe now, but I'll give it my best on Thursday.”
Taylor hasn’t looked at his best in the last couple of weeks and was rather let off the hook by Simon Whitlock last week. Boylesports offer odds of 7/2 on Wade in the Draw No Bet market and Sky Bet go 5/2 for Wade-Draw in the Double Chance market. Take your pick of these two good value bets.
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