Wayne Mardle's World Matchplay Tips: Back the Phil to Power to victory

Michael van Gerwen won't have enough to beat Phil Taylor, says Wayne
Michael van Gerwen won't have enough to beat Phil Taylor, says Wayne

Darts expert Wayne is back to preview the final of the World Matchplay between Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Michael 'MVG' van Gerwen...

"Phil had a real test in Mervyn King, he had to hold it together under extreme pressure, and in my opinion in doing so that gave him the confidence to move forward mentally and allow himself to play with freedom and composure to beat Gary Anderson. If Phil can play with those same feelings I think he can beat Michael."

Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor

Sunday, 19:00
Live on Sky Sports


What a final we have in store - the world number one and reigning World Matchplay champion, taking on the 16-time champion of the world and the most successful player ever, Phil Taylor.

The odds of 4/11 about MVG are a little short I must say, which obviously means 11/5 for The Power is a more-than-backable price.

The two of them have produced when needed, especially Phil, but Michael hasn't been asked many questions during this event. That's not his fault of course, his opponents haven't given him cause for concern. Yet.

I expect Phil to play well. He's played down his chances all week, until last night when he said "I think I can win this", a comment off the back of a superb display from start to finish against Gary Anderson. It's quite obvious that Taylor has regained some of the inner belief he's had in abundance over the last three decades.

Both darters play in an economical manner, there's not too many moving parts, so the action won't let them down, and I don't see a problem with physical fatigue at the end of a long week of darts, but of course mental fatigue is obviously a possibility. It's easy to feel beaten when behind to a player you know has the ability and mindset to beat you.

It's worth remembering that Phil Taylor has only beaten Michael twice in the last 14 meetings, and never was this more obvious than in the Premier League final in May where Michael hammered The Power 11-3.

Basically, I see this match being decided in one of two ways - MVG winning comfortably or Phil winning a close one. And there's no doubt Phil has grown into this event whilst Michael hit the ground running and has dominated in every match.

Phil had a real test in Mervyn King, he had to hold it together under extreme pressure, and in my opinion in doing so that gave him the confidence to move forward mentally and allow himself to play with freedom and composure to beat Gary Anderson. If Phil can play with those same feelings I think he can beat Michael.

I'm positive MVG will play well, it's just whether Phil can match him dart for dart and cause the world number one some inner angst.

If Phil thinks he can do it, so do I.


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