We are down to the best 8 Darts players in the World. Arguably Adrian Lewis could be here instead of Vincent Van Der Voort and but for a miss on Double 7 he would have been. However against the best if you don’t take your chance you don’t get another. Just look at the class on display on day 2 after what was an exhilarating Day 1.
Saturday 2nd January
There is no doubting that big Vincent is a much better player now than he has shown for the last 3 years. It was in 2011 that we thought he could be a World Champion and then it all went wrong. The same can not be said for his opponent, who in spite of changing his darts half way through a tournament looked electric when threatened by Kim Huybrechts in his last 16 match. The problem that Vincent has is not that he cant score as big as Phil or that he cant finish, its simply that he cant beat him and he wont. So there is no point us guessing as to what might happen that is different to that outcome. Phil Taylor simply wont consider any scenario that sees him losing to Vincent Van Der Voort – so neither will we.
As Sid Waddell said “Phil Taylor’s got the consistency of a planet … and he’s in a darts orbit!”
Our bet : 7 units win Phil Taylor -2.5 sets @ 2/7
This is the BP quarter – The Quiet achievers, as British Petroleum’s strap line used to be before they poisoned most of the West coast of Southern America. The current BDO Champion vs the 5 times Champion. Stephen Bunting looking to stamp his mark on the PDC and Barney looking to get back to his former glories. There really isnt much in this one but I like the confidence of Bunting and I feel that Ray is having to force it to get results. Interestingly, I cant find that they have ever played each other in a major tournament so there are no scars. I cant help feeling that Barney finds it tough these days at the end of a tournament both mentally and physically and at 29 Bunting looks to be getting stronger as his perfomance against Michael Smith showed. I dont expect there to be a lot in it but I think Bunting will prevail over 7 sets.
Our bet : 6 units win Stephen Bunting @ 8/13