Phil Taylor is odds-on favourite with bwin to retain his Premier League darts title as he prepares for week 11 of this year’s competition in Bournemouth.
The Power defeated old rival Raymond van Barneveld 8-3 in his last outing to qualify for the play-offs with four weeks to spare and is now 9/20 to lift the trophy for a sixth time.
Taylor’s record so far this season – nine wins and just one draw in ten matches – puts him on 19 points, seven clear of nearest rival Simon Whitlock.
The Stoke thrower is certainly making fools of those who suggested he could be on the decline after a run of seven months without a title last year and his surprising exit to Dave Chisnall at the 2012 World Championship.
Whitlock is next in the betting at 8/1, with the same price given to 2010 champion James Wade, who currently sits in third place in the table following last week’s 8-3 win over Gary Anderson (both of these prices are market-leading).
Also at 8/1 is double world champion Adrian Lewis, but he still has plenty of work to do if he is to make the play-offs, having only picked up nine points from his ten matches to date.
Barney comes next at 10/1, while Anderson has drifted out to 25/1 after a run of just one draw and five defeats in his last six outings.
Bringing up the rear are debutants Andy Hamilton and Kevin Painter, who are available at odds of 150/1 and 200/1 respectively to lift the trophy.
As for Taylor, he will expect his serene progress to continue tomorrow in Bournemouth with victory over Lewis at 7/20, with the draw at 6/1 and an upset win for ‘Jackpot’ priced at 17/4.
Elsewhere, Barney faces Whitlock with both at 13/10 to prevail, Anderson is a 13/20 favourite to see off Painter (5/2) and Wade is as short as 57/100 to get past 11/4 shot Hamilton.
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