THE World Matchplay arrives at the Semi-Final stage and happy to announce all Sky TV subscribers can benefit from watching this on Sky Sports Mix on channel 121.

Friday night's tip on the Lewis v Norris match to have most 180s ended in a tie, which meant our bet was deemed void under the Hills rules on betting without the tie price being quoted.

The final four are here but only two of them can proceed to the final on Sunday.

Daryl Gurney Vs Peter Wright – 2/1 – 7/15 (Wright leads 9-3)

Gurney ended a losing streak of seven spanning back to mid-February 2016 by defeating Wright 8-7 two weeks ago at the US masters in a tight game taking four of the final five legs to beat Snakebite.

Gurney is 2/1 against to Wright at 2/5 – 4/9 in places and 7/15 at Marathonbet.

Route to the Semi-Final:

Gurney

  • Legs played – 59
  • 180's scored – 28
  • Average 180 per leg – 0.47457 per leg
  • Highest checkout -146

Wright

  • Legs played – 61
  • 180's scored – 10
  • Average 180 per leg – 0.16393 per leg
  • Highest checkout – 147

Looking at the markets immediately our eyes turn to the 180 markets and no doubt Gurney is the 4/9 FAV here with Wright 100/30 and 10/1 the tie.

Superchin is 1/1 to win the 180 count by 3 or more which on the basis of this week evens is a fair price. Alternatively

Gurney is solid at 1/2 to beat Wright with a 5.5 leg handicap and I really like this with Bwin in comparison Bet 365 are 4/11 for the same market

Wright has been nailing the scoring as we know him but something is not quite right and it something with Wrights Darts.

Phil Taylor Vs Adrian Lewis – 2/5 – 11/5 (Taylor leads 53-17)

The pair are 1-1 in 2017 having traded victories in the Premier League round robin.

Route to the Semi-Final:

Lewis

  • Legs played – 65
  • 180's scored – 17
  • Average 180 per leg – 0.2615 per leg
  • Highest checkout – 144

Taylor

  • Legs played – 51
  • 180's scored – 16
  • Average 180 per leg – 0.3137 per leg
  • Highest checkout – 151

Taylor is a firm 2/5 to make ‘one more' final and can do this in style by beating Adrian Lewis. Taylor has given away a 3.5 leg handicap and the score line versus MVG was superb as Taylor blessed the crowd at the end.

William Hill have one bet which appeals is for Taylor to win the opening two legs. If Taylor can emulate what he did over MVG and Barney at 9/4 you feel the crowd are going to be right behind Taylor as motivation and Lewis with his back issue may take time to get motoring.

Recommendations

  • Gurney -2.5 180s – 1/1 Skybet 2pts
  • Taylor to win opening 2 legs – 9/4 Will Hill 1pt
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