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Bet of the day: Back Phil Taylor to edge Gary Anderson encounter

Holly Thackeray | November 27, 2015

Coral’s bet of the day

  • Phil Taylor is in fine form, having reached a final and semi in his last two tournaments
  • The Power also holds a 32 to 12 head-to-head record against Gary Anderson
  • Anderson has lost four of his last five against Taylor
  • The Flying Scotsman has faltered of late with several early competition exits

Taylor terrific at 11/2 to beat Anderson 6-5 in Players Championship Finals

The Players Championship Finals gets off to a flying start in the first round, as the evening session enticingly pits darts juggernauts Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson against each other, meaning one excellent arrowsmith will be ousted early in the tournament.

To celebrate such a strong start to the Somerset-based competition, Coral’s bet of the day is to back legendary tungsten titan Taylor at 11/2 to triumph over Anderson by a 6-5 scoreline.

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Customers can expect this to be a close clash between two brilliant masters of their trade, and stand to profit from these plum odds if the Minehead match-up goes down to the wire.

Taylor eyeing trophies

Odds-on at 8/11 to dispatch The Flying Scotsman in the first round, The Power has been playing some defiant and deadly darts of late. The all-time great has reached a final and a semi-final in his last two televised tournaments and finished as winner in three of seven previous Players Championship Finals, as well as runner-up once.

As for his record against Anderson, The Power pummels his Scottish competitor in the head-to-head standings with 32 victories and two draws to just 12 losses, making The Flying Scotsman one of his favoured opponents.

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With a seven versus two success rate in premier PDC events, and having won four of his last five frays against Anderson, punters should pounce on The Power for victory again.

In addition, 20 of the past tussles between the two have ended with a two leg difference or less, illustrating how tight contests are between the prolific pair.

Anderson inconsistencies

As current holder of this competition, Anderson will be no walk-over and should find extra motivation in Minehead after an embarrassing second round exit at the hands of Terry Jenkins in the World Series of Darts Finals, on home Scottish soil no less.

There’s no deny The Flying Scotsman has been far from the form he illustrated over the festive season last year, with inconsistencies and seemingly darting doubts creeping into his game. Two consecutive second round exits in televised tournaments plus a stumble at the same stage in October’s World Grand Prix, highlight how Anderson can get off to slow starts. There’ll certainly be no time for that against The Power, so back the Englishman to edge it.

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Coral’s top tip: Back formidable Taylor at a tasty 11/2 to beat out-of-form Anderson 6-5.