Taylor or Lewis to win the Darts World Grand Prix at sensational 7/4
If you are struggling to find a near-certain bet to put money on, you will struggle to find any better than this. Coral offer terrifically enhanced odds of 7/4 for either Phil Taylor or his fellow Stoke dweller Adrian Lewis to win the Darts World Grand Prix, that starts tonight. You can put a maximum stake of £20 on.
This offer is all the more enticing given the fact that The Power is the title holder and 11-time champion of this cash-rich event, held in Dublin this year again. Lewis, meanwhile, was a beaten finalist here in 2010.
The darting titans have even been put in the same half of the 32-man draw, which dramatically enhances the chances that one of these will make it to the last two. They will be vying for the £100k first-place prize.
Taylor and Lewis have been given late evening slots, with the former to face Steve Beaton and the latter to take on Daryl Gurney. Both are heavily fancied to defeat their respective opponents.
Beaton, ironically, has not beaten second-seed and compatriot Taylor in his last 12 attempts against the all-time great. The 16-time World Championship winner goes into this battle odds-on at 1/10 to progress to the next round. Stoke-born Taylor has whitewashed Beaton in two of their last three encounters, which is why he is 4/9 to do so again in this best of three match-up.
Lewis, meanwhile, takes on Northern Irish qualifier Gurney, who competes in his first World Grand Prix. The duo have met just once before, in the last 64 of the UK Open qualifier in 2013, with Jackpot Lewis winning resoundingly 6-2. He is odds-on at 1/5 to beat him again.
Both Taylor and Lewis from then on have relatively favourable paths to the final, with the likes of Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, as well as Scotsman Peter Wright, in the other half of the draw.
A fact to take away if Taylor reaches the last two; he has never lost a final in this competition, starting from its inauguration in 1998 in Kent, winning all 11 of them.