World Matchplay Final Tips: Can Wade end hoodoo?

Jaymes is backing Wade to get the highest checkout

The two most consistent players in the PDC meet in the Matchplay final this evening. Jaymes Monte picks out his best bet...


One of the main reasons that Wade is in this final is that he took some monster checkouts at pivotal moments.


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Back Wade to score highest checkout @ 2.26/5


There are just two things missing from James Wade's portfolio as a darts player. One is the World Championship title, and the other is defeating Phil Taylor in a Major final. Despite The Machine's long list of honours - one World Matchplay, one Premier League, two Grand Prix's and two UK Open's - he has never beaten The Power in order to claim the prize, and until he does it will continue to be a sticking point in discussions about where the 29-year-old ranks in the all-time list of PDC players.

The status quo away from Alexandra Palace is that if Taylor makes an early exit from a tournament, Wade steps in to take the crown. But when they meet in the final of a televised event, Taylor comes out on top. This is The Machine's fifth Matchplay final in the last seven years, so will it be the fourth time that he has lost out to Taylor? Or can he finally break his hoodoo?

Having advised a bet on Taylor at odds of 2.77/4 in my pre-tournament preview it would be foolish not to suggest that we at least lay off our stake at odds of 1.351/3 now that he has reached this point. Yet as a standalone bet for the final I feel that we are better off staying away from the Match Odds market.

One of the main reasons that Wade is in this final, and not Terry Jenkins, is that he took some monster checkouts at pivotal moments. The Machine hit no fewer than six three-figure finishes in the semi-final, with a 164 and a 144 being the highlights.

Although Taylor has looked slightly more clinical in the latter stages of this tournament, the combination finishes haven't felt anywhere near as inevitable as they usually are with The Power. Take Wade, at odds of 2.26/5 to be the player to score the highest checkout, as your bet for the final.

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Back Wade to score highest checkout @ 2.26/5

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