Indeed, Taylor v Van Gerwen will be the highlight match of this round and potentially of the whole tournament, with the young Dutchman impressing everyone when winning the World Grand Prix tournament in Dublin and he swept through his group with few problems.
Even so, he comes into this match as the clear outsider and can be backed at 2/1 (Paddy Power free bets) to make a statement by beating this legend of darts, with Van Gerwen seemingly having little fear of taking on the top players of the sport.
Taylor is available at just under 1/2 to book his place in the quarter finals and send out a statement ahead of the World Championship in December and January, with odds of 2/1 on betfair that he retains his Grand Slam of Darts title.
This match is third on Thursday’s bill, with Dean Winstanley and Arron Monk kicking things off. Winstanley is currently on the BDO circuit and Over The Top claimed an impressive 5-1 win against Simon Whitlock to seal his place in the final sixteen.
Monk seems to be improving all the time and came through a group including James Wade and Mervyn King, with the youngster looking the value bet at 11/4 with Sky Bet to claim yet another decent scalp.
As for King, he is throwing some nice darts at the moment and his outright odds have tumbled into 18/1, with the player having come close to beating Van Gerwen in that Dublin final before the crowd started railing for the Dutchman.
Gary Anderson also appears to be finding some form and the Scotsman is 9/1 for a victory in this tournament, with Anderson courting lots of publicity for Foul Fashion, the designer of his latest shirts which have to be seen to be believed.
Wes Newton comfortably came through all three of his group games and he is now 10/1 to win the tournament, with the Warrior facing Christian Kist in the last sixteen and the BDO champion has caused a stir with some excellent performances to date.