Wayne Mardle on the World Matchplay: Taylor on the 180s is nap of the week

Wayne is expecting The Power to hit plenty of maximums against MVG
Wayne is expecting The Power to hit plenty of maximums against MVG

He may now be number eight in the world but Phil Taylor taking on Michael van Gerwen remains a mouthwatering match-up and Wayne Mardle is backing the Power to hit maximum regularly in Friday's semi-final...

"We are relying on the match going deep, but I don't see a rout either way. The more legs the better, so let's hope it goes a long way. One maximum in every four legs would see us triumph. This bet is my nap of the event. I like it a lot."

Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor
Friday, 21:15
Live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event

The top seed takes on the eighth seed. Phil Taylor hasn't been so low in the rankings since 1995.

We know he's retiring after the next World Championship, but Phil is solely concentrating on the majors for now. That makes him fresh and eager.

Anyway, what's the most likely outcome here? It's an MVG victory, but where's the fun in betting on 1.21/5 shots?

So, I'm all aboard the Phil Taylor maximums - he's 2.01/1 to hit seven or more on the Exchange.

You have to go back seven matches to find where The Power didn't beat the spread of 6.5 180s in a match over the best of 31 legs.

I think this match will probably go 27-28 legs plus, making the likelihood even more in our favour.

The last time Phil didn't hit seven maximums or more in a 27-28 leg match (not set format) was the World Matchplay semi-final against Gary Anderson, all the way back in 2014.

We are relying on the match going deep, but I don't see a rout either way. The more legs the better, so let's hope it goes a long way. One maximum in every four legs would see us triumph.

This bet is my nap of the event. I like it a lot.

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Back Phil Taylor to hit more than 6.5 180s against Michael van Gerwen at 2.01/1

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