IT IS not often we see Phil Taylor as a slight underdog in a quarter final but is against Snakebite Peter Wright, who bookies edge at 10/11 with William Hill with Taylor best at evens with BetVictor!.

With current form there is no surprise that the prices are chalked as they are, however with Peter Wright making the final at the World Series and three successive semi finals proceeding at the grand slam, players championship and world championship there is no wonder he will be fancied to see off Phil Taylor.

Taylor, who announced that 2017 will be his final year on the tour, in our view means in 2018 if he is invited to the premier league and world series, which he probably will under his affiliation to chairman Barry Hearn (his manager) we will not see the end of the power as some have suggested.

Recapping their last sixteen clash, Wright was clinical at the right time seeing off Ian White where he pocketed nine maximums in his fifteen leg quest. Phil saw off Racing Post Steve Davies fancy of Michael Smith to win his quarter with some pressure to a 10-6 victory accounting for five maximums in a near 105 average display.

I feel that Wright, who took out some excellent scoring at the last outing could see off Phil's challenge of maximums and is 5/6 with 888sport and 32 red to outscore the power on 180s. In their quarter final of the grand slam in November, where Wright won, saw the scotsman pocket ten, two more than phil in this field. In the seven occasions they met in 2016, both tied on three wins and a draw, which justifies the compiler pricing

In the second game of the day Gary Anderson will look to extend his winning streak over Raymond van Barneveld to eleven straight wins where the quest begun in mid June 2015 with prolific wins in each victory. No wonder Anderson, who leads the head to head 17-14 with the streak is best 4/9 with Sportingbet with Betfred 12/5 in the market.

We was interested in the Anderson highest average in the opinion this market would not be well covered, but is. However, Skybet punt 4/5 that Anderson leads the maximum count in the match and even money that Anderson wins the game with the most match maximums could be tempted by punters. The 4/5 in our view suffices as the true price multiple should be combined at 7/5 not even money by the same firm! No mathematical incompetence this end!


  • Wright to hit more 180s than Taylor – 5/6 888sport 2pts
  • Anderson to hit more 180s than Barneveld – 4/5 Skybet 2pts

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