Wayne Mardle's PDC World Championships Final Tips: Taylor and Anderson to produce an epic

Anderson has been enjoying himself at the finals this year

Gary Anderson upset the odds with a semi-final defeat of Michael van Gerwen and Wayne Mardle thinks he can give Phil Taylor a scare in tonight's final...

"Anderson in my opinion has never been a better player than he is right now. He's settled in life, he's in love with the game again, he's utilising the outrageous talent he has. Most of all, HE BELIEVES."

Selections 
Anderson +1.5 sets @ 1.758/11  


The odds suggest this will be a tight tungsten tussle and I agree. 

This is Phil Taylor's 20th World championship final, a truly amazing record. He is understandably the favourite. 

By contrast Gary Anderson will be playing in his second final, he lost the previous one back in 2011 to Adrian Lewis. 

Gary's performance against the World Number 1 Michael Van Gerwen in the semi-final was highly impressive, he started the better and punished MVG for his early slackness. But like the Gary Anderson of old he made hard work of it and let Michael back in the game. He really should have gone 4-3 down in sets, but MVG missed and Gary didn't. Then, unlike the Anderson of old, Gary then darted for the winning line to get the job done.

Anderson in my opinion has never been a better player than he is right now. He's settled in life, he's in love with the game again, he's utilising the outrageous talent he has. Most of all, HE BELIEVES

The Flying Scotsman is going to be tough to beat, legs will come and go in what seems like the blink of an eye, his precision on the treble 20 is as good as you'll see. IF he hits the double segment like he did when playing MVG he'll win. 

At 54, Phil Taylor is still showing that he's the man to beat, he has an unrelenting desire to succeed and the drive of a man half his age.

The Power has only lost three of his previous 19 finals: Dennis Priestley in 94, Part in 03 and RVB in 07. 

We have seen before that tiredness can take its toll, the mental toughness you need to reach this point is admirable. Back in 2012 Andy Hamilton had nothing left for the final and was overrun by Adrian Lewis. Will Taylor, who turns 55 in August feel the effects of a strenuous two weeks? It's a possibility isn't it?

I'm not normally in the business of backing against the 16-time World Champion but I feel this is Gary's chance. 

In the recent Players Championship Finals Anderson gave Taylor a bit of a pasting, he never showed any signs of letting it go and no matter what Phil did it simply wasn't enough. Gary had too much for him and I'm predicting this goes the same way. 

In his match against Raymond Van Barneveld Phil had two sets of dire darting, and nicked two sets averaging low to mid 90s, I don't think he'll get away with that against Anderson. This is a different player to the man who buckled against MVG in the last 16 last year. He's ready for this and I think Phil knows it. 

This match will go at least 11 sets, therefore you have to back the lot - over the 180s, over the legs, and most of all Anderson +1.5 sets. 

We know any outcome is possible but I'm telling you the most likely in my opinion. 

Happy punting. 


Selections 
Anderson +1.5 sets @ 1.758/11 
Over 25.5 180s @ 1.834/5 

Over 45.5 legs @ 2.166/5 


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