Ladbrokes PDC Championship final betting preview

by faststeady

15-time World Champion Phil Taylor is 8/13 in the betting odds at Ladbrokes to win his 16th title on New Years Day after holding on against a fast finishing Raymond Van Varneveld 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship being held at Alexandra Park in London.

The 52 year old champ is up against Dutch young gun Michael Van Gerwen after Van Gerwen beat off James Wade also with a scoreline of 6-4 in the other semi final.

23 year old Van Gerwen hit the second 9 dart finish of the tournament and was only one dart off completing a first in Darts history in 2 perfect finishes in a row, only dropping his 9th dart of that game just below the double 12 finish he was after.

Van Gerwen had skipped out to a 3-1 lead in the first to 6 semi final when he hit his 9 darter, but Wade continued to come and leveled it up 3-3 before Van Gerwen took the ascendancy winning the match with a 6-4 result.

The Power got out of the blocks 5-1 early with Barney not only off his game but seemingly just going through the motions in what seemed like an emphatic win on the cards for Taylor.

After a short break, the whole match was turned on its ear with Barney up and about and hitting a number of 180’s and high scores and Taylor seemingly feeling the pressure and before long, it was 5-4 with Barney coming home with a head of steam and confidence.

In a tense 10th set, with Barney having the chance to even the match up 5-5 but just missing his finish, Phil Taylor edged in front and took the match 6-4. As the players shook hands, a heated exchange between the two flared with Phil Taylor obviously annoyed at something Barney had said in the final moments of the match. After a bit of push and shove and a few harsh words, Taylor went off stage first with Barney being held back for a few moments by the match referee to ensure the two didn’t clash again while the heat was still in the confrontation.

In classic Phil Taylor style, he would not elaborate on the reason behind the spat, only pushing the point that he was “Barney’s biggest fan and loved him to bits” and was sure it wouldn’t affect a friendship and rivalry that has spanned more than a decade.

The two have had many a battle over many years and are sure to fight it out at the business end of more championships to come.

The betting odds have Phil Taylor installed as a short priced favourite at 8/13 on with Van Gerwen a 6/4 chance to take out his first world title. You can also get 6/1 on a 9 dart finish in the final, which looks good value considering the young dutchman hot form, and Phil Taylors determination to put a 16th title on his mantlepiece.

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