The race to reach the play-offs is really hotting up and Wayne Mardle believes Phil Taylor, the man currently leading the way, will finally record a Premier League win over Peter Wright on Thursday night...
"At present Taylor is playing better than Wright and I can see this going the way of The Power quite comfortably."
Peter Wright v Phil Taylor
Live on Sky Sports 1
Phil Taylor has played 27 different opponents since the Premier League's inception in 2005, and he's beaten them all except for a certain Peter Wright.
Of the four matches Wright and Taylor have played, they have drawn three, with Wright winning the other.
It's my opinion that Peter has reduced his chances of winning, here's why.
Wright is changing his darts so often he must forget which ones he's actually using or going to use, his proclivity to use different darts week on week will in the end catch up with him. Darts is a feel game, the touch of the dart should feel familiar. A player needs to know how the darts will react when he throws them under pressure.
The equipment a player uses is personal to them and is normally picked through hundreds of hours of practice.
Wright over the last few years has been consistent, but in this Premier League he's been far from that, I'm of the opinion the changing of the darts certainly isn't helping.
How can you be consistent when you're not using them same equipment? darts, stems and flight consistently.
Of course Wright could win, any outcome is possible, but Phil Taylor is a man that's now found his mojo again, a man who thinks he can conquer the darting world again.
At present Taylor is playing better than Wright and I can see this going the way of The Power quite comfortably.
Back Taylor to Win 7-4 @ 7/1
Adrian Lewis v Robert Thornton
Live on Sky Sports 1
Maximums, it's all about the maximums.
I'm convinced Robert will hit three or more 180s in this game.
The Scotsman has hit two maximums in each of the last three weeks, and last week he missed at least five chances of a maximum with the last dart, that's a very high percentage and I can't believe that'll happen again.
Robert is playing with the freedom of a man who knows he's only playing for places, so he might as well enjoy it.
The Thorn has only hit 29 maximums in 135 legs, which isn't great is it? averaging a 180 every 4.6 legs. But his recent form is much better, averaging a 180 every 3.8 legs ( 22 in 84 legs ).
Thornton to hit Over 2.5 180s @ 8/11
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