Phil Taylor to win 7-5 – 7/1
While there may be a full fixture list in the Premier League, there’s little doubt that today’s biggest contest takes place at the Alexandra Palace as Phil Taylor meets Rob Cross in the World Championship Darts final.
It’s a script a Hollywood producer would die for because the story behind this tie is spellbinding. You’ve got Taylor, the greatest player the game has ever seen, looking for one final shot at glory facing a young pretender in Cross, who is appearing in his first final and wasn’t even a professional this time last year.
The Power switched off the lights on Jamie Lewis’ Cinderella story to get here with a 6-1 win in the semi-final, while Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross got here after winning an utterly enthralling game against world number one Michael van Gerwan in sudden death to shock Planet Darts.
Saturday wasn’t the first time Cross survived match darts either, Michael Smith had two to put him in the second round as well and we reckon his luck will run out tonight.
It seems written in the stars that Taylor would end his career with a 17th World crown, but it won’t come easy as both he and Cross boast almost identical tournament averages of just over 100. With that in mind, we’re tipping The Power to be pushed to the limit by taking the Sid Waddell trophy with a 7-5 victory at 7/1.
ONE OF THE GREATEST MATCHES YOU WILL EVER SEE
Rob Cross is into the World Championship final against Phil Taylor after a truly incredible game against world number one, Michael van Gerwen
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 31, 2017
9+ checkouts of 100 or more – 13/8
Given that there’s the potential for a maximum of 71 legs of darts to be played later on, this 13/8 gamble could fall faster than Liverpool fans hit Twitter with Coutinho transfer conspiracy theories.
The Power is known to turn it on for the big occasion and his combination shots have been a hallmark of his career. Cross isn’t shy of a biggie either, having already taken out a 164 checkout earlier in the World Championship.
Cross to have most 180s & highest checkout – Evens
Sometimes you’ve got to look at the cold hard facts of things and when it comes to 180s, Voltage has been in electrifying form.
The young challenger has hit 55 maximums to Taylor’s 26 so far and should out do the great man in that regard at Ally Pally tonight.
When you add that The Power’s highest checkout in the tournament has only been a 126 outshot, then you can see why we’re fancying Cross to find his mark with this Evens punt.