Wayne Mardle World Matchplay Tips: Anderson to triumph in semi-final classic

Wayne fancies Gary Anderson to get the better of Phil Taylor on Saturday night
Wayne fancies Gary Anderson to get the better of Phil Taylor on Saturday night

We've reached the last four of the World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens and Saturday night offers two mouthwatering semi-final clashes, but it's the latter match where Wayne Mardle believes the best bets can be found...


"Taylor will be under pressure this evening from Gary from the very outset and I believe if Phil doesn't get off to a good settling start he will get beaten due to the fact his nerve isn't what it was."

Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor

Saturday, 21:00
Live on Sky Sports


Gary Anderson, the reigning World Champion, can today reach the final of the World Matchplay for the very first time, but he'll have to overcome the man who's lifted the trophy 16 times, yes 16, sounds ludicrous doesn't it?

The Scotsman in my opinion is playing the darts of his life. The composure under pressure against Steve Beaton last evening was admirable.

There was a mid-game wobble but he found the resolve and belief to get the job done.

When leading 8-3 and coasting everything looked to be going according to plan. Half a hour later it was 12-12, and there's little doubt in my mind that just two years ago Gary would've capitulated.

He's grown into his role as an ambassador for the sport and is now always one of the main men to beat.

Now, I'm not sure about Phil. There were points last night you still think he could be World Champ and the world number one, he was so good, especially when throwing a 10-dart leg to hold his throw and then a 12-dart leg to steal the throw, two consecutive world class legs to seize the initiative late on.

But up until that point Mervyn King had kept tabs on the great man and looked like the possible winner.

Taylor's doubling is troubling him, his words not mine. If he thinks he's struggling on the outer segments then he's got a problem.

He will be under pressure this evening from Gary from the very outset and I believe if Phil doesn't get off to a good settling start he will get beaten due to the fact his nerve isn't what it was.

When you've dictated and dominated for decades to then feel you can't do that must be a real shock to the system.

I'm going for an Anderson win because I think he's far more likely to produce under the pressure of gaining a final spot in this World Matchplay.


Recommended Bets

Back Gary Anderson @ 3/4 to beat Phil Taylor
Back Gary Anderson -2.5 Legs @ 5/4 to beat Phil Taylor


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