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10th December 2011, 2:45am

Taylor vs King Betting: The 180s line looks very low in this second round contest

Taylor vs King Betting: The 180s line looks very low in this second round contest


Saturday evening at the Doncaster Dome sees the remaining last 16 matches of the Players Championship finals being played and the game of the night is the one between familiar foes Phil Taylor and Mervyn King over the best of 15 legs. The winner of this match will play either Gary Anderson or Kevin Painter in the quarter final on Sunday afternoon. Mervyn King defends a lot of money this week so the pressure is right on him here.

Phil Taylor was given a huge scare in the opening round as Terry Jenkins really should have knocked him out. Jenkins flew out of the traps and was 7 darts to a nine dart finish in the opening leg. In contrast Taylor wasn’t at the races and couldn’t seem to find his range on the 60. At 4-1 down he was staring defeat squarely in the face but the break came at the right time for him and he eventually came out a 6-4 winner.

Mervyn King played well in his opening round match as well. He averaged 97 and won 6-4 which would have been a bit easier than that had Colin Lloyd not begun the match with a 102 finish and followed it up with a 170 in the next leg. At 2-0 down King could easily have panicked and lost the match but he didn’t. He kept calm and ran out a more comfortable winner than the scoreline suggested.

I think Taylor will win the match but King could keep it close if he plays how he did on Friday night. We can’t be sure he will though so rather than take a bet on the match result I’ll go to the 180’s. Between them the two of them hit 7 180’s in their opening round matches and with both more than capable of scoring them the 5.5 line for this match looks very low. I’m happy that we’ll get the 6 required 180’s to take the overs.

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