Phil Taylor Takes On Mighty Mike In Blackpool

Phil Taylor Takes On Mighty Mike In Blackpool

It has been a superb opening first week of the 2017 Darts World Matchplay as a whole host of big names dropping out early doors. Naturally, this doesn’t include Michael van Gerwen who is, of course, still in the hunt with his usual murderous intentions.

The big Dutchman steps out on Friday against Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor having dismissed Simon Whitlock on Wednesday night as he rolls on into tonight’s quarter finals.

Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright was the star man last night after smashing Darren Webster 16-12 in the second of yesterday’s QF games, the first being Daryl Gurney’s follow up match to his brilliant victory against Gary Anderson on Tuesday. Then, Gurney beat world number two and second seed Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson 11-9 and last night he followed up that brilliant achievement with another as he ran out the 16-13 winner against Mensur Suljovic.

Anderson’s defeat in the week saw him join James Wade, Gerwyn Price, Justin Pipe and Kim Huybrechts in the ranks of the eliminated and Wednesday night thinned the herd even more as Dave Chisnall lost to Alan ‘chuck’ Norris who tonight faces Adrian Lewis.

Tonight also sees Phil Taylor take on Michael van Gerwen as the old master takes on the new king of darts. Taylor it was that ended the challenge of another hero of the game, Raymond van Barneveld on Wednesday night.

This headliner event is preceded by Alan Norris’ battle with Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis. Should, as expected, Lewis win, he will play the winner from MVG and The Power, while Gurney will face off against Snakebite tomorrow from 7pm.

Latest Darts World Matchplay betting odds update

No prizes for guessing the outright favourite, who is by now a super odds-on shot at 2/5 with both Bet365 and Betway. We’re talking bout MVG naturally and, under normal circumstances, a Wright v van Gerwen final (4/6, Bet365) would look the safe bet, but with Gurney in such fine form right now, he could easily make the Sunday’s final two and is 2/1 to beat Peter Wright tomorrow night. A Gurney/van Gerwen finale is worth 7/2 with Bet365.

‘Snakebite’, has a best price of 7/2, also with Betway and Bet365, for the outright tournament win, while Daryl Gurney, showing fine form, is on offer at 10’s across the board.

‘The Power’ and his strong Blackpool following will be hoping he rolls back the years and takes the tourney, and MVG before that. He is 12/1 to for the outright win and 4/1 to beat Mighty Mike tonight. ‘Jackpot’ Lewis can be picked up at 20/1 and his opponent tonight, Norris, is 66/1 with SkyBet.

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Double Dutch Darts World Cup Title For Michael Van Gerwen And Barney

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld led The Netherlands to their third World Cup of Darts title last weekend after they saw off the challenge from Welsh pair Gerwyn Price and Mark Webster in Sunday’s 3-1 final win in Frankfurt, Germany.

World Cup of Darts: how it happened

On route to the final the Dutch pair, second favourites to Scotland, faced the Czech Republic, USA and Germany before seeing off England’s pairing of Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis in the semi-finals.

Scots surprised

Scotland were shot out early in a massive shock loss to Singapore, a match that the Scottish pair Gary Anderson and Peter Wright were 1/20 to win; for a team made up out of two out of the world’s top three players, this was hugely disappointing for everyone except the bookmakers.

As top seeds, their 5-2 defeat at the hands of Paul Lim and Harith Lim provided the game with by far its biggest upset of the season so far.

Welsh dragon flies high

Beaten finalists Wales were the best-represented home nation having won against the Republic of Ireland in a first round 2-0 before repeating the score against both Russia in the quarter-finals and Belgium a round later in the semis.

Gerwyn Price, incidentally, will now take Adrian Lewis’ place in the World Series of Darts events in Shanghai and Las Vegas next month as “Jackpot” chooses to remain at home with his wife who is expecting a baby this summer.

Dutch dragon slayers

UK Open finalist Price, whose professional career is definitely on the rise, was crushed in the opening round against the Dutch as MVG ran out a 4-0 whitewash against the 32-year old Welshman.

Wales immediately drew back level though as Mark Webster beat Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 but from then on fell behind to an all-too-powerful Dutch display. Barney and Mike won the remaining legs to mark a 3-1 victory and crown themselves champions.

Upcoming darts: betting tips

Up next, there is the European Tour’s ninth leg which begins in Hamburg this Friday and for which there is a smattering of bets available.

All of said bets are with Bet365, as SkyBet and Betway chose to sit this one out.

It’s a quiet week and these odds are all outright winner prices, such as the 4/6 available on Michael van Gerwen and 7/2 for Peter “Snakebite” Wright.

The likes of Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson will not be in attendance, meaning Dave Chisnall is next in the betting at 16/1 ahead of Adrian Lewis at 25/1 and James Wade who, at 33/1, is worth an outside each-way punt.

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Raymond Van Barneveld Ends Michael Van Gerwen’s Record Streak

In the seventh night of the Darts Premier League, world number one Michael van Gerwen smashed the record for unbeaten televised matches with 44 unanswered games only to lose his 45th to countryman Raymond van Barneveld less than two hours later.

Darts Premier League: the latest

The record, previously held by Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, was beaten courtesy of a 7-4 victory over James Wade in the night’s opener. The dangerous Dutchman landed eight 180s and closed out in style with a 120 checkout.

The fall of Michael van Gerwen

Mighty Mike was forced to play a double header after forfeiting Exeter’s round five with a back injury and so turned out again later for the night’s closing game against Barney. A second game of the night proved one step too far against an inspired van Barneveld who ran out the 7-5 winner.

Phil Taylor vs Peter Wright

Taylor, in inspired form, led throughout as Snakebite consistently missed the doubles, only to stage a brilliant fightback from 6-3 down (including an electric 156 checkout) to make sure the match went all the way down to the wire.

At this point, it looked like those of us who backed the draw would get rewarded until the temperamental Snakebite again failed to finish, allowing The Power to take full advantage and claim a well-earned 7-5 victory.

Lewis and Anderson expel Huybrechts and Klaasen

We were spared the drama of Judgement Night as the relegations of both Kim Huybrechts and Jelle Klaasen were confirmed following defeats to Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis respectively.

Huybrechts went down with a whimper as a brutal Anderson won 7-2; Klaasen barely did any better as Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis ensured the Dutchman’s elimination by way of a 7-5 victory.

All this means that Barney now moves on to third in the table while MVG replaces Peter Wright at the top.

Darts Betting Tips

So, we move on to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena for what should have been Judgement Night. However, we know the two players to have missed the cut.

It was always likely be Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts, although Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall did seem to flirt with the idea for a while. The question now will be whether the eliminated duo, playing only for pride, can raise their game on the way out the door.

Kim Huybrechts vs Peter Wright

In Huybrechts’ case, I cannot see it. He takes on Peter Wright in the night’s opener and I fully expect Snakebite, loser last week, to return to winning ways here. That being said, Snakebite does drop shots with a stunning regularity for such a top player.

Looking for value in the market isn’t easy this week but the Belgian to be the first to break throw isn’t out of the question and well worth considering given the 11/10 price on offer with Bet365, especially if Snakebite starts as slowly and as poorly as he did a week ago.

Phil Taylor vs Jelle Klaasen

The second game of the evening presents a different challenge altogether. Other than Barney, there are few players tougher to read than The Power these days as the ageing pair rarely play well two weeks in a row. That said, even on an off day it would be madness to back against Taylor against such opposition.

Raymond van Barneveld vs James Wade

I think that despite the Dutchman’s brilliant form over the last couple of weeks, including his brilliant win against MVG, Wade might very well just put a stop to the run here. It is probably smarter to leave this one off the accumulator, but there really is no fun in that, so Wade it is.

The best of the rest

Elsewhere, Adrian Lewis, a shadow of his former self despite a win last week, should be no match for Gary Anderson. League leader Michael van Gerwen should definitely come out on top against Dave Chisnall in the night’s closer.

Darts accumulator and betting tips

This week’s, accumulator is Wade, Taylor, Anderson, MVG and Wright.

This comes in at a pay-out rate of 11/1 with event sponsors Betway.

Wright, by the way, has drifted out in the overall market following last week’s defeat – his first in the competition.

SkyBet are offering 11/2 on the Scotsman who, although dropping down the table to second last week, remains only a point off MVG at the top.

Darts Premier League TV Coverage: Sky Sports 1 (19:00 BST)

  • Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts
  • Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
  • Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
  • Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
  • Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
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