World Matchplay Darts : The Power to perform at Saturday’s showdown

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DARTS supremo Boring Winners (@BoringWinners) has been in outstanding form at the World Matchplay. Here’s his verdict on Saturday’s action.

World Matchplay Darts | 29th July 2017 | Sky Sports

Daryl Gurney faces Peter Wright in the first game of the night, followed by a showdown between Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis.

In our tournament preview, we tipped Taylor to win the tournament at 25/1 and Gurney at 80/1, so we could be looking at a huge payday – should both players make the finals.

My main bet for Saturday night’s action is in the Gurney match, followed by another smaller stake bet on the Taylor match.

Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney | Saturday 19:20 | Sky Sports

I’ve gone for over 5.5 legs in the match, Daryl Gurney over 9.5 180’s and Gurney -1.5 180 handicap at 19/10 with William Hill.

I went very safe with the legs handicap on Gurney, not for any reason, in particular, I just thought there was no point when the bets already almost at 2/1.
It’s a hard match to call, Gurney beat Wright two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Gurney has had a tougher route so far beating Benito Van Der Pass, Gary Anderson and Mensur Suljovic who are all top players. His finishing has also been impeccable thus far. Wright has struggled through the tournament, his fiddling with setups has not helped.
He was excellent against Cristo Reyes, but poor in the first round and then not great in the last round against Darren Webster. Gurney should get at least 12 legs and I think he could win.
It’s a total mismatch on the 180’s. Gurney has hit 28 maximums over his three games in the tournament which is averaging an 180 every 2.5 legs. Wright has hit just 15 maximums in his three games averaging a 180 every four legs. Gurney should win the 180 match by two clear maximums at the least. Wright is capable of a lot of 180’s, but the way he’s playing that doesn’t look very likely.

Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis | Saturday 21:45 | Sky Sports

For this matchup, I fancy Phil Taylor to win, both players to hit over six 180s and also both players to check out over 99 at 10/3 with William Hill.

The further this game goes, the greater the possibility it has of landing. I can’t see this going under 26 legs as both players are playing too well at the moment.

I think Taylor will win it, in the end. He was relentless against Michael Van Gerwin on Friday night, Lewis struggled towards the latter end of his match and was nearly beat. You could see the longer the match went the more his back affected him. Taylor should win this.

Both players covered the 180 lines in the quarters with Taylor hitting 10 and Lewis hitting seven. We all know how good Lewis is at 180’s but Taylor can also be clinical in that department. Both should get at least seven 180’s.

As I said yesterday Lewis has been good on the high checkouts as has Taylor. Taylor took out a 122 last night and never looked like missing. Lewis took at a 110, a 136 and a 102 all in the same match yesterday.

Best Bets

Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney – +5.5 Legs, Gurney Over 9.5 180’s and Gurney -1.5 180 handicap (19/10 William Hill )

Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis – Phil Taylor to win, both players over six 180’s, both players checkout over 99  (10/3 William Hill)

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