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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