You can call me stupid, you can call me an idiot, but there has to be a power cut at some point each year. This is the week to bet against Phil Taylor.
His performance last week against Andy Hamilton was still good but seemed to lack that real fire that Taylor has shown this year. He allowed Hamilton a chance to steal a point although ‘The Hammer’ missed the bullseye for grab the last leg.
His opponent this week is a red hot Raymond van Barneveld. ‘Barney’s’ 8-6 victory over Kevin Painter last week saw him average an amazing 112.28. Barneveld is still chasing a play-off place, Taylor is not, I believe that Barney’s hunger to succeed might upstage Taylor. In reality, no man is more comfortable against Taylor than the Dutchman.
Barney’s odds come, as expected, are very long. Bwin and Sportingbet offer the best price, a staggering 6/1. The bookmakers do not agree with me that an upset is close. Taylor sits on his usual short place of 1/3 by Ladbrokes while the draw is found best priced at 13/2 by Bet365.
Hamilton and Anderson meet in a battle to get off the Bottom
Gary Anderson has to make-up his missed match a few weeks ago this weekend. He is last on against Andy Hamilton; both men sit on the bottom of the league currently. Anderson is not far off a play-off place considering his game in hand but I think the Hammer might be a bit too much for him.
Anderson’s performance last week was understandably below par. Anderson averaged below 95 and hit only a third of his doubles. It seems the loss of his Father still plagued his mind. It is for this reason that I would suggest backing the man from Stoke in this one. Hamilton should take pride in his performance last week and is a steal in my opinion being chalked up at 15/8. Anderson is the Favourite at 5/6 while the draw is another good bet, priced at 5/1 by Sportingbet and Ladbrokes.
Anderson’s other match sees a very difficult match-up against James Wade. The Flying Scotsman is going to need to come out guns firing against the Machine to have a strong chance. Both Wade and Anderson had a poor turnout last week so it should be interesting to see them both react. The bookies see this one being very close. Anderson is the small Favourite at 11/8 while Wade sits at 13/10, both prices are found in many places. The draw is found at 9/2.
Simon Whitlock will continue his quest for a top 4 finish against Kevin Painter. The Aussie averaged over 100 and hit 53% of his doubles last Thursday which is a nice turn around considering his 8-0 loss the week before. Painter was unlucky to run into Barney last week and I sadly see him on the end of another loss. Whitlock is the firm favourite at 8/15 (general) while Bill Hill offer the upset at the best price of 16/5. The draw is long-shot and priced at 5/1.