Rag2gar previews the two World Matchplay Darts semi finals including his best bet of tournement in the Michael Van Gerwen v Peter Wright match.
Van Gerwen v Wright:
I think this will be a great match and I think it will be a close match. Michael Van Gerwen said he wants to play better following his win over Ian White in the quarter finals and I must admit I too was a little disappointed in the manner of his victory. White played well, but Van Gerwen was not as impressive as he had been in the previous round. I'm not so sure he'll win it outright anymore after seeing that quarter final match.
It's one thing to blow away Jamie Lewis but MVG should be beating Ian White comfortably too if he wants to win this tournament. As for Peter Wright, it's hard to argue with his performance in this competition so far. He looked very professional throughout and I think he'll give MVG a good game here. Between them the pair hit 18 180s in the previous round yet the spread is only 17.5 for this semi-final tonight. I think the overs are a massive bet here.
- This is a longer format.
- MVG is likely to play better and thus produce more 180s.
- Wright will have to play better and will surely produce more than the 6 180s he managed last time.
I can't understand why the spread is 17.5 and I can't understand why it's odds against. I think the over on the 180s here is the bet of the week.
Phil Taylor v James Wade: Both James Wade and Phil Taylor averaged over 100 in their quarter final matches and both hit quality darts at crucial times to score their respective victories. It's hard to see Wade winning this time around though. His head to head record against Phil Taylor in competition reads eight wins and 45 losses. That's not only an appalling record but it proves that Wade cannot produce his best game when he takes to the stage against The Power. I'm still not convinced either of these players are at their best and I think Wade has to be to have any chance. If this game is scrappy there's only going to be one winner and that's Taylor. I expect this will not be a classic and I think Taylor will grind Wade down like he always does. Wade has enormous respect for Taylor and rightfully so but I just worry it's costing him his chances in games like this. Taylor for me here and I think 2/7 is a fair price for those who like to back at short odds.