Taylor vs Van Barneveld: 'The Power' to sink rival Barney

Taylor vs Van Barneveld: ‘The Power’ to sink rival Barney

Darts greats Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld will have one more tungsten tussle on Thursday night as they provide live sport without leaving their homes.

The pair, with 21 world titles between them, built up a famous rivalry during their glittering careers.

Taylor dominated their battles, winning 61 of 83 matches, before retiring after losing in the World Championship final to Rob Cross in 2018, 12 months before the Dutchman also hung up his darts.

But with the coronavirus pandemic affecting sport across the world, Taylor and Van Barneveld will dust off their arrows and provide live action.

The first-to-seven legs match will be streamed on social media at 7pm, with the duo using an electronic dartboard which allows players to compete against each other all over the world.

Van Barneveld tweeted: “So looking forward to this !!! Miss my rivalry with the GREATEST @PhilTaylor but we love to play this match for all the darting fans around the world.

“And for the people who are working nonstop to aid everyone recovering from the terrible disease. Please people stay safe.”

The Dutchman has generally struggled against his great rival and, having performed poorly in this week’s Icon of Darts, is 6/5 to pull off the victory.

But ‘The Power’ will have lost none of his competitive edge and we are taking the 13/20 on offer for him to prevail once more.

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