After a brief stint on the mat, the heaviest heavyweight in the extremely heavy world of darts, Phil Taylor, is back to his big-hitting best.
The man who has only been denied the World Matchplay trophy twice this century takes on Gary Anderson for a place in the Winter Gardens final and his return to prominence, along with his especially domineering record over this particular adversary doesn’t bode well for the Scot.
A very reasonable 9/20 says the Power surpasses the world number seven in Blackpool, but this isn’t the only punt worth taking on ahead of this final-four bout.
Taylor (-3.5 legs) to beat Anderson @ 17/20
The Flying Scotsman is undefeated in three meetings with the finest tungsten tosser to have ever graced the oche, but this is his best ever trio of results against the Power.
Outside of the Premier League, he’s come off second best in their head-to-heads and the vein of form his foe finds himself in suggests another heavy win for the overlord is in the offing.
The winning margins from Taylor’s first three matches in the competition this term have totalled a monster 17 legs.
Taylor to score fewer than 6.5 180s @ 17/20
He may have dominated his first three Matchplay outings, but the Power’s number of maximums is yet to venture north of this mark, including in his last-16 duel with Michael Smith, in which he recorded a nine-dart finish.
Anderson to score the most 180s @ 9/20
It may be another odds-against offering, but it’s one well worth dabbling with given the underdog’s penchant for the lipstick.
Forever lamented by the mantra ‘it’s trebles for show, doubles for dough’, the Flying Scotsman is a skilled marksman when it comes to multiplying his score by three, but not so much by two.
He’s yet to be bested by any of Taylor’s 180 hauls in this Winter Gardens instalment, hitting double-figure maximums in his previous outing.