Mighty Mike looked to be heading out of the tournament on Saturday night when Adrian Lewis had double tops to claim victory, although Jackpot missed twice and the Dutchman recovered to line up a semi-final encounter with James Wade.
Stan James now offer a best price 13/8 about MVG going all the way, although there might actually be some value in backing James Wade at 12/1 (bet365 bookmaker) considering the Machine is a class act who looks to have overcome his problems off the oche. The Aldershot arrowsmith has more experience than his opponent, having reached the semi-final twelve months ago.
Meanwhile, Phil Taylor is a 13/8 chance for the title after beating Andy Hamilton in straight sets although the Power will have a far tougher ordeal against Raymond van Barneveld in tonight’s semi.
Barney has probably been the player of the tournament to date, having made short work of Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock and it is clear that the Dutchman has emerged from the toughest quarter to take his place in the last four. You can get a meaty 15/4 about RVB going all the way here.
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade 19.20
There was plenty of hype surrounding Mighty Mike ahead of the World Championship, although Van Gerwen has managed to wow the crowds despite carrying foot injuries through the tournament.
Possibly his greatest performance was against Peter Wright in the second round where the youngster came back from two sets down to win 4-2, although the way in which he held his nerve to beat Adrian Lewis on Saturday night was impressive.
Quite whether odds of 1/4 (William Hill) about Van Gerwen beating Wade represent value is another matter and it is definitely worth a bet on the Machine either claiming victory or perhaps even on the handicap where you can get a chunky 6/5 that the outsider win with a +2.5 sets victory.
Wade on the match market is a 7/2 chance despite beating the same opponent at the World Matchplay of Darts although the main concern is that he averaged just 93 in the quarter final against Newton compared to MVG’s 103.
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld 21.15
It’s little surprise that this match is being hyped up and the players have stoked things up ahead of the game, with Barney claiming he wanted to play Taylor before the Power beat Andy Hamilton in straight sets.
This wasn’t a bluff from the confident Dutchman who produced a superlative performance to beat Simon Whitlock and his average was above 100 for the second match of the tournament, with the bookies offering an appealing 13/8 that he beats Taylor.
The fifteen-time world champion is just two games away from an even more impressive legacy and it’s not too often you can get odds of 8/15 about the Stoke man winning a darts match although this price might appeal to many.