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Well, we’ve reached the final, after going 1-1 last night, which takes us to 19-11 with a profit of 21.92 units.
The first day of the Olympics coincided with Phil Taylor crushing Ronnie Baxter, after James Wade staged a great comeback against Terry Jenkins. Both winners had contrasting performances, as Taylor never really looked in danger, while Wade had to dig deep to beat Jenkins. Both were great matches, and it’s good to see a repeat of last year’s final.
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Phil Taylor versus James Wade:
The two best players of the tournament meet in the final, which is the way is should be, but isn’t always the case. Both men have never REALLY seemed in danger of losing, although Wade had a slight scare against Terry Jenkins last night. But it’s testament to how both men are playing that they’ve not been troubled, even if Taylor did try out new darts for the first two matches.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a repeat of last year’s final which Taylor won 18-8. The interesting thing to note about last year’s final are the averages. Taylor averaged 103.84 last year, while Wade averaged 98.84. Last night, in his semi-final, Taylor averaged 103.39, while Wade averaged 97.45. So it’s fair to say both men are playing similar darts to this time last year. It’s why Taylor looks a good thing for the win here, and I think he actually looks handy to get the handicap line up as well, considering he made it comfortably last year. -4.5 sounds like a decent shout, and I think we could get a similar scoreline to last year.
Another interesting line is the highest checkout market. Taylor has a 170 to his name, while Wade has a top of 164, which he scored last night, along with a 144. The highest checkout in last year’s final was 135, which Taylor hit. The line is 136.5, and it looks like they could beat it this year.
Finally, the market on Phil Taylor’s total 180s looks interesting to me, especially when you consider last year’s stats (as well as this year’s). The line for Taylor’s 180s is 8.5, and although Taylor hit 10 maximums last night, in the previous two matches he only hit 9 between them. Plus, as I mentioned a couple of days ago, Taylor isn’t scared of going for the cover shots, which he will undoubtedly do tonight. So I think Taylor might just not cover the maximums line.
Phil Taylor -4.5 legs to beat James Wade: 9/10 @ Boylesports.
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Recommend: 2 units.
Phil Taylor under 8.5 180s: 6/5 @ Boylesports.
Recommend: 2 units.
Highest checkout over 138.5 in Phil Taylor versus James Wade match: 5/6 @ 888sport.
Recommend: 3 units.
That’s all for the 2012 World Matchplay. Thanks for subscribing, and I hope you’re going to spend your winnings wisely. I’ll be back with tips for the World Grand Prix in October, and I’ll hope you’ll keep £10 of your winning aside to subscribe to the tips for that.