Phil Taylor, who is set to retire at the end of the year, continued to defy the odds with a supreme performance to beat Adrian Lewis 17-9 in the semi-final. The 15-time champion averaged 102.74 and hit eight 180s while his checkout percentage of 34.69%. His bid for a fairy-tale ending in his final appearance at the World Matchplay had already seen him overcome Gerwyn Price and Raymond van Barneveld (11-3) this week before Friday's hammering of world champion Michael van Gerwen (16-6).
Peter Wright, world No 3 Wright and March's UK Open champion, secured a hard-fought 17-15 win over Daryl Gurney in the semifinal. The Scot must improve on his average of 93 in the heated contest against Northern Irishman, which included some verbal exchanges between the two players. Prior to this match, 'Snakebite' was in scintillating form against Cristo Reyes in the quarter-final, recording an average of 104.18 and hitting 11 of his 14 attempts at doubles. He was less impressive in the previous two rounds, struggling against James Wilson (10-8) and then wining 8 of the last 8 legs to survive a scare against Darren Webster (16-12) in the second round.
Phil Taylor boasts a 16-10 record over Peter Wright in terms of direct encounters. The duo have met 4 times this year and the score is 2-2. The last time they met, 'Snakebite' beat 'The Power' 10-9 in the Premier League Darts semifinal. Prior to that, the Scotsman won 7-3 in Round 13 of the Premier League, meaning he enters this clash having recorded two consecutive wins over Phil Taylor.
|PHIL TAYLOR||1.58 with||Bet £10, win £15.80|
|PETER WRIGHT||2.63 with||Bet £10, win £26.30|
PHIL TAYLOR v PETER WRIGHT : Predictions
|RECOMMENDED BET||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Winner: Phil Taylor||1.58|
|To Score Highest Checkout: Peter Wright||2.10|
|Most 180s: Phil Taylor||2.10|
|Correct Score: Phil Taylor 18-11||15.00|
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