Time: 1920, 30/07/2017
Venue: Winter Gardens
TV: Sky Sports
Emotions will be running high as Phil Taylor bids to claim a 16th World Matchplay title tonight and we’re backing ‘The Power’ to prevail against Peter Wright in Blackpool.
This is scheduled to be the 56-year-old’s last trip to the Winter Gardens as a player and Taylor has enjoyed a fairytale run at his favourite venue.
With all the momentum being behind the Stoke thrower, Taylor to win 18-14 at 10/1 is the last of our World Matchplay predictions.
Few got too excited when he beat Gerwyn Price 10-5 in round one but Taylor has since picked off three notable scalps in devastating fashion.
Old rival Raymond van Barneveld was thrashed 11-3, world number one Michael van Gerwen went down 16-6 and then Adrian Lewis was brushed aside 17-9.
‘Jackpot’ hung in there to be level at 7-7 until Taylor’s relentless pressure proved decisive, averaging almost 103 after hitting eight 180s and 140-plus on 27 occasions.
Taylor vows to turn on full Power
‘The Power’ seems to have rediscovered the happy knack of making his opponents perform below par and it is hard to see Wright being able to hold his nerve.
‘Snakebite’ has progressed despite some patchy displays and he averaged less than 94 when eventually edging out Daryl Gurney 17-15.
Things could have been much different if Gurney had more experience at this level and all the stats point to Taylor being just too strong.
Wright clearly has the ability to challenge if on top form but ‘The Power’ is once more proving clinical at pouncing on any lapses in concentration and picking off sloppy legs.
“It’s been lovely this week and this is why it’s my favourite and it means everything to be in the final in my last World Matchplay,” said Taylor.
“I’m going to go out there and enjoy it. I’m going to be steady, I’m going to be consistent and I’m going to hit Peter with a lot of big shots and put him under pressure.”
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