A rested Phil Taylor, the 11/10 bet365 favourite in the outright betting, said he was determined to defend his European Championship crown when the showpiece competition gets underway in Germany on Thursday.
The 15-time world champion has an unbeaten record in the competition after winning the first four years of the event and will begin the defence of his title against Sweden’s Magnis Caris in Muelheim. He is priced up 1/16 for the win, with Caris quoted 7/1 in the bet365 match betting.
They have only ever met twice, with Potteries legend Taylor romping to a 6-1 success in the last 32 of the UK Open in April last year.
Taylor said: “I’ve had a nice break this summer and I’m keen to get back up there on stage. I know it will be tough against Magnus because he’s been a quality player for years.”
In the other stand-out fixtures on Thursday, home hopes Andree Welge and Michael Rosenauer face Mark Webster and Ronnie Baxter respectively, while Andy Hamilton, the World Championship runner-up in January, takes on last year’s European Championship quarter-finalist Paul Nicholson.
Also, Mervyn King plays Kevin Painter and Justin Pipe faces 2011 World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan.
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European Championship | Darts Betting News | September 20, 2012 13:26 |
Gary Anderson will aim to bounce back from last week’s defeat on home turf to Simon Whitlock when he faces James Wade in the Premier League Darts on Thursday (Anderson 5/6 to win match with bet365).
Anderson was unable to send the boisterous Glasgow crowd home happy, succumbing to the ‘Wizard from Oz’ after mounting a spirited challenge.
The Scotsman says that the defeat was not down to a lack of effort or ability, but admits that the pressure of the occasion had an adverse effect on his game.
“I’ve been playing 16 years and I was shaking like a leaf. I just wanted to play so well for the fans, they were incredible,” said Anderson, who sits sixth in the table.
“About two legs into the match I went to pick up my water and I almost spilt it because I was shaking so much.”
The defeat to Whitlock was Anderson’s second in as many weeks and is a major setback in his quest to defend his Premier League title (Anderson 14/1 to finish top of Darts Premier League with bet365).
“One week I’m great, the next I’m terrible. I can’t work it out, it’s the worst I’ve played in my entire career.
“It’s just so annoying that I let the fans down, I played like a muppet, and I’m very keen to put things right next week against James Wade.”
Forty-one-year-old Anderson has enjoyed a decorated career in darts since turning professional in 2000. He is perhaps best known for his victory over Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in the 2007 World Darts Trophy final.
Phil Taylor (8/15 in Darts Premier League – To Win Outright with bet365) admits the Premier League is starting to come to life as the players head to Dublin for the seventh round of matches.
Undefeated Taylor is well on course to book himself a place in the semi-final at the O2 Arena in May as the competition marks its halfway stage tonight.
“We are getting down to the nitty gritty,” said the 15 time World Champion. “We are nearly at the halfway stage everybody is feeling the pressure.”
Taylor went four points clear of the rest in Glasgow last week as he recorded his fifth straight win since his opening-night draw with rival Lewis.
Taylor (2/7 in Match Betting) faces in-form James Wade (5/1, Draw 6/1) – the 2009 champion having recovering from losing his opening three games by posting an equivalent number of back-to-back victories.
“It’s coming good and I’m getting the rub of the green,” said Wade. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad game against Phil, but he does it week in, week out.”
Simon Whitlock (1/3 in Winner – 2 Way) moved into second spot with a stunning win over crowd favourite Gary Anderson in Glasgow last week.
The former world finalist could close in on a semi berth by beating Premier League newcomer Andy Hamilton (9/4), whose only win remains that opening-night shock over Wade.
Popular Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld (5/6) takes on Scotland’s Anderson (5/6), while winless Adrian Lewis (4/9) can get his campaign on track with a win over veteran Kevin Painter (13/8).
Reigning champion Gary Anderson is relishing the chance to inflict a first defeat this season on Phil Taylor when the Premier League Darts arrives in Brighton for week five (Taylor 1/5 Anderson 10/3 – bet365 match prices).
‘The Flying Scotsman’ suffered an opening night defeat to tournament newcomer Kevin Painter in week one but has since returned to the form which saw him win the marquee competition 12 months ago, with wins against Andy Hamilton, James Wade, and most impressive of all, two-time PDC World Darts champion Adrian Lewis.
Now, the ultimate tests awaits on the south coast in the shape of the 15-time world champion and unbeaten Taylor (Taylor 8/11 Anderson 9/2 – Premier League Darts outright bet365).
“I’m pleased with how my game’s coming back but I’ll have to be at my best in Brighton,” said Anderson. “Phil’s playing some brilliant darts at the moment and setting the standard for us all.”
‘The Power’ hit the highest average in the history of the Premier League when he recorded a 117.35 total in his 8-4 win over Simon Whitlock in Exeter last week and Anderson knows he is up against it.
He added: “My aim is to hit a 120-plus average on stage, because I’ve done it in practice recently, and I might have to do that to defeat Phil. But averages won’t matter on Thursday if I can get a result.”
Phil Taylor believes Simon Whitlock is feeling the pressure as he prepares to take on the Australian in round four of the Premier League Darts in Exeter (Whitlock 3/1, Taylor 2/9 – match prices with bet365).
The pair meet at the Westpoint Arena on Thursday evening in a repeat of the 2010 World Championship final, which Taylor won 7-3.
Taylor goes into the game top of the table with two wins and a draw from his opening three games (10/11f with bet365 – Premier League Darts 2012 Outright).
After a dramatic opening draw with Raymond van Barneveld, Whitlock beat 2009 champion James Wade in week two but crashed to a defeat against Kevin Painter last time out to drop down to fifth place.
Taylor feels that is sign the Aussie is feeling the pressure and he hopes to take advantage of that on Thursday.
“Simon’s a top quality player but he showed last week that he was feeling a bit of pressure when he lost to Kevin Painter in Belfast,” said ‘The Power’.
“I’ve got to go out and put him under pressure from the start and make him think about the week before, which will make it hard for him.”
In the other games, Painter plays Wade, van Barneveld takes on Andy Hamilton while reigning Premier League champion Gary Anderson is up against Adrian Lewis.
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Premier League Darts | Darts Betting News | March 1, 2012 13:35 |
Reigning champion Gary Anderson has warned he will not give up his Premier League darts crown without a fight (11/8 Anderson – not to reach the semi-finals with bet365).
‘The Flying Scotsman’ begins the defence of his title in Manchester on Thursday against debutant Kevin Painter (9/4 to finish bottom with bet365) on the first of 14 nights at venues around the UK and Ireland.
The 15-time world champion Phil Taylor is the 15/8 favourite with bet365 to win the showpiece event for a sixth time but Anderson, available to back at 9/2, says he is ready to prove his win last year was no fluke.
“Last year’s Premier League was a great memory for me,” said Anderson. “I had a fantastic first season and to win the title capped it off.”
Painter was handed a wild-card to compete in the Premier League for the first time after winning his first major title at December’s Players Championship and Anderson accepts he faces an awkward test of his credentials.
He added: “I know it’s going to be hard to defend it because this field of players is really strong, but I’m looking forward to it. Kevin’s going to be a tough player to play first on Thursday but I’ll give it my best shot.”
Phil Taylor has said the challenge from pretenders to his throne keeps him motivated and is determined to win back his PDC World Darts Championship title (Taylor 5/6 – PDC World Darts Championship outright).
The Stoke legend saw his hopes of a 16th world title shattered by Mark Webster 12 months ago as fellow Potteries thrower Adrian Lewis made his big breakthrough at Alexandra Palace.
‘Jackpot’ is among a clutch of a new breed at the oche, along with the likes of James Wade and Gary Anderson, plus emerging rivals Paul Nicholson and Wes Newton, but Taylor refuses to accept his time is at an end.
He said: “I wake up some mornings and don’t feel like practising. So I just think about the young players coming through and that soon gets me out of bed and on the board.”
Taylor returns to second-round action in north London on Tuesday when he meets 2010 Lakeside runner-up Dave Chisnall (Taylor 1/10 Chisnall 6/1 – match prices) and knows he has to stay on his toes to have any chance of progressing.
The 51-year-old told The Sentinel: “I’ve been through four or five generations of players now. They all come along saying they will win more titles than me, so I beat them.
“After that, another group comes along, so I beat them too. I just want to keep winning and nobody can beat me - only myself. If I don’t practice enough or I’m tired, there are so many good players out there who can take advantage.”
15-time world champion Phil Taylor has warned his rivals that he has been putting in hours of practice over the Christmas period to ensure he is at his best for the conclusion of the 2012 PDC World Championship (Taylor 5/6 to win the PDC World Championship 2012).
The Power returns on Tuesday evening to take on Dave Chisnall for a place in the last 16 of darts’ premier event (Match betting with bet365 – Taylor 1/10, Chisnall 10/1).
The 51-year-old was eliminated at the quarter-final stage last year by Mark Webster following a tough year in his private life.
Taylor has admitted that he has been unable to concentrate fully on his darts recently and was not overly impressed with his first round performance over Japanese qualifier Haruki Muramatsu, despite coming through with a 3-0 scoreline.
“I wanted to average 110 in my opening match to put the heebee-geebees on the other players,” he told the Daily Star.
“So I resolved to practice three times on Christmas Day. I always watch the Queen’s speech – I wouldn’t miss it for the world – but if you want to win the World Darts Championship, you have to treat it as another working day.”
The winner of the tie between Taylor and Chisnall will face either Andy Hamilton or Vincent van der Voort.
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PDC World Championship | Darts Betting News | December 26, 2011 18:47 |
Raymond van Barneveld is confident of putting in a big performance at the upcoming PDC World Darts Championship and insists that his self-belief has returned (van Barneveld 25/1 Tournament Outright with bet365).
The Dutchman has not enjoyed his best year as a professional and his form at the recent Grand Slam of Darts and last week’s Players Championship does not bode well for his chances at Alexandra Palace (Barney 8/1 to throw 9-Dart Finish).
The five-time world champion failed to win any of his three group games in Wolverhampton, while he was beaten in the second round by Scott Rand at at the Doncaster Dome.
But he remains a class act on his day and his accuracy on the treble twenty when he gets into a groove is as good as any in the sport.
The 2007 PDC world champion will have to get past some top-class opponents if he is to make the final at the London venue but he is clearly in a positive frame of mind heading into the prestigious event.
“I know I have a tough draw as I could face Brendan Dolan, Paul Nicholson and then maybe Phil Taylor but if you believe in yourself you can achieve anything,” he said.
And despite a poor run of results, the man from the Hague is adamant that he will again peak for the year’s biggest tournament.
“I can handle the pressure. If you look back at the last five or six years I always do well at the worlds,” he added to Sportinglife.com. “I know I’m going to do well this year but I have to put a lot of work in and I’m not afraid of that.”
Mark Webster has promised to bury his Cash Converters Players Championship disappointment in time for the PDC World Darts Championship, which starts on Thursday (Webster 12/1 – To Reach The Final – bet365).
The Wales thrower was denied his first Major title when he lost 13-9 to Kevin Painter in the final at Doncaster Dome on Sunday night and must now dust himself down to challenge at Alexandra Palace.
Webster has lost to the eventual winners of the year-end showpiece event in north London for the last two stagings of the competition and is determined to announce himself on the big stage.
“I’m devastated,” said the 2008 BDO world champion after his defeat by ‘The Artist’. “I underperformed in the final and Kevin played really well and he deserved it.
“I never settled from the word go and I’m really disappointed, but Kevin took out some great shots.”
The 28-year-old faces Richie Burnett in the first round in an all-Principality clash (Webster 2/7 Burnett 11/4 – match prices – bet365) and accepts there can be no hangover from his South Yorkshire setback.
He added: “I’m down at the moment but I’ve got to pick myself up because I’ve got my first round game in the World Championship to play on Thursday night. If I can become world champion this will be forgotten about.”