Thursday, May 17th will see the end of the Premier League of Darts 2012 campaign. The regular season has been completely dominated by Phil Taylor and with his own conqueror not making it through the semis, he is almost guaranteed victory.
2/5 Taylor should be seen as good Odds
Phil Taylor has been priced at 2/5 by many bookmakers to finish his dominance on Thursday at the O2 Arena. Taylor has only dropped points to Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson this season, both players are missing for this week’s semi-finals. Taylor has easily disposed of all his potential opponents.
Only a few weeks back he dominated Simon Whitlock and he took care of James Wade a week later. Andy Hamilton gave the World No. #1 a little scare in week 9 but from what we have seen, Taylor looks almost a sure-thing.
Simon Whitlock is the second Favourite and highly priced at 11/2 (Sporting Bet and Bwin) to stop Taylor. The Thunder from Down Under did very well to dismiss Adrian Lewis last Thursday and the bookies like his chances against Hamilton. Stan James offer the best price for Whitlock at 4/7. I do like the Aussie in this match although he can very inconsistent very randomly; this means that Hamilton’s price to go through to the final is tempting at 15/8 (Sporting Bet).
Despite finishing 3rd, The Hammer is incredibly priced at 18/1 (Sportingbet) to win it all. Hamilton has impressed us all season long and his 8-1 victory over Painter is just another great performance to add to his season-best 2012 season. After making the final of the World Championships this year, I think that Hamilton has a great chance to edge Whitlock and then give it a real go at Taylor. However, it might his 18/1 price that is tricking me into thinking he has a genuine shot.
James Wade is the man Taylor will face in the semi-finals. Wade’s slow start to the PLD season has been completely turned around despite a draw last Thursday. Wade is 15/2 by Sporting Bet to win another Premier League title and 21/5 to beat Taylor. If you like Wade then take advantage of both their prices. I am not a big fan of Wade and despite his 8-0 thumping of Whitlock during the season, I do not think the South-Paw has it in him to stop The Power.
Here’s an Idea
My plans for Thursday’s betting sits at an interesting proposal. I think that I will back 2 players and make a double bet that they will win their semi-final and the whole tournament to give myself some better odds. After all, you have to win the semi-final to win it all.
I am sure that you can tell from my article that I will be backing Taylor in this format and also Andy Hamilton. I just feel like The Hammer is not as scared of Taylor as the others are despite the fact that he has struggled to keep some leads this season.
Either way this will be a great sporting event and you should be watching Thursdays darts on Sky Sports 2.