Wayne Mardle on the World Matchplay: Back Wright to get it right

Daryl Gurney is a maximum machine
Daryl Gurney is a maximum machine

We're at the semi-final stage of the World Matchplay and Wayne Mardle has recommended bets for both games....

"I'm confident the bad patches will dictate the outcome. Wright has so far been fairly consistent, even his lacklustre spells have been good. I just feel Wright can maintain a higher level for longer than Daryl."

Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney

I fully except this to be a high-class encounter.

Wright came into this event with a few iffy performances behind him. He confessed that he'd lost the thread a little and couldn't find a rhythm, and even offered he had no idea where the darts were going. What a turnaround. He's now within two wins of being World Matchplay Champion.

Wright's performance against Cristo Reyes was one of the standout matches of this year's tournament. It wasn't much of a contest as Peter was relentless on the 60 bed and outer ring, missing just three darts at a double the entire match.

It wasn't so easy against Darren Webster in the quarter-finals. Wrighte had to battle all the way, just like Daryl did against Mensur Suljovic.

What has impressed me greatly with these two is the way they have handled being behind. It's not easy chasing down a man that you know has the capability of beating you. Wright and Gurney both found another gear just at the right time to get over the winning line.

If they can both find that resolve and ability for this match then we could be in for a long night.
They are both steady sorts who possess, as mentioned, another gear.

I'm confident the bad patches will dictate the outcome. Wright has so far been fairly consistent, even his lacklustre spells have been good. I just feel Wright can maintain a higher level for longer than Daryl.

As for 180s, it's not a contest - Gurney will win this battle. He's hit on average a maximum every 2.4 legs in this event, compared to one in every 5.9 legs for Wright.

The format today is best of 35 legs.

Recommended Bet
The bet I love here is
Gurney most 180s and lose the match @ 10/11

Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor

Well, after sifting through yards and yards of data it's become clear that when Adrian beats Phil, it's normally a real cliffhanger, but when The Power gets the better of Jackpot it's invariably comfortable.

These two produced one of the best finals I have ever seen in the 2013 final at Blackpool. Phil won on that occasion 18-13, averaging 111. Incredible. I do hope this match resembles that standard.

But I digress. Here are the scorelines for some of Adrian and Phil's recent meetings.

Lewis 5-7 Taylor, 7-4, 2-7, 1-7, 6-2, 2-6, 10-9, 10-9, 3-11

As you can see, predicting the outcome of this match is tricky. There's hardly any pattern apart from one match.

If Adrian can find the outrageously sexy rhythm (I love darts that much I find it sexy) he had in the first two rounds this will go all the way, if he doesn't he will get beat.

My selection is purely based on Adrian Lewis performing.

Recommended Bet
Over 29.5 legs @ evens

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