29th July 2012
Taylor vs Wade Betting: Phil Taylor can repeat his Matchplay final win of last year in this year's final
The Winter Gardens in Blackpool is all set for the finale of the World Matchplay and the final is a repeat of the Championship match 12 months ago as Phil Taylor, who won that final, takes on James Wade, who won this title in 2007, over the best of 35 legs for the £100,000 first prize. The difference between winning and losing is £50,000 but this isn’t just about the money for these two it’s the success of winning.
Phil Taylor will go into the final as a 2/7 favourite with Skybet to win this final. In his semi final it looked like he was going to have an easy night when he breezed into a 6-0 lead courtesy of a 180 in each of the first six legs of the match but Baxter came back to just 10-8 down before Taylor hit the afterburners, just like he did in the quarter final when it got tight, to win 17-10.
James Wade comes into this final off the back of a couple of really hard fought wins against Michael van Gerwen in the quarter final and Terry Jenkins in the semi final. Wade admitted after his semi final that he was very fortunate to win, and he was as Jenkins missed 6 darts at a double to move 16-15 ahead before Wade broke ‘The Bull’s’ throw before moving on to win 17-15.
These two have met in the final of this tournament twice in the past and Taylor has won 18-8 and 18-9 and while I would think Wade can keep this a little bit closer I don’t think he will win. Wade is missing double top and double ten a bit too much for my liking and you can’t blow chances against Taylor and get away with it. Wade should be competitive for a while, he showed that in the Premier League semi final but the longer it goes the stronger I expect Taylor to get and I think he’ll win this and cover a 4.5 leg handicap.
Back P.Taylor (-4.5 legs) to beat J.Wade for a 5/10 stake at 1.80 with Bet365
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Author: 'Arry Allsports