Wayne Mardle's best bet obliged yesterday when Gerwyn Price gave Michael van Gerwen an almighty scare, and our man is back with two more selections from today's Ally Pally action...
"Over the years Taylor has produced an amazing amount of big outs, let’s hope he can produce a ‘biggy' tonight."
The fifth seed Mensur hasn't been playing well in this event so far, like he has all year. I'm not sure if panic has set in, it's the World Championship, all sorts goes through the mind, or is he just off at the moment?
One thing is for sure, if he continues to play the way he has, he has a real test on his hands against Dimitri. Dimitri is averaging just under 100 after two matches, while Mensur is underperforming at 91.
As humans we have 'recency bias' ingrained, we think the last thing we saw is the most likely thing to happen again. While I've tried to fight this, I just can't.
I have it in my head that the new World Youth Champion, Dimitri, will push the Austrian all the way, and therefore will back him on the +1.5 Sets handicap.
If you fancy a bigger price flutter then back the treble for Van dan Burgh (Most 180s, Highest Checkout, Win Match) at 10/3. Mensur has only hit 2 maximums so far in 37 legs, Dimitri has hit 11 in 40 legs.
I'm loving the match treble here. Phil Taylor should dominate the stats.
So far Phil has the better 180 conversion, five in 33 legs, with Keegan only mustering seven in 48 legs, both pretty low in all honesty. The highest finish as we know isn't that easy to predict but with a highest finish of 124 for Brown in 48 legs played, then that isn't to be feared.
Over the years Taylor has produced an amazing amount of big outs, let's hope he can produce a 'biggy' tonight.
If Keegan is a little edgy and panics, which is likely, the big shots aren't that easy to hit.
For your information, the highest checkout hit against Phil so far is 104.