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Darts: Phil Taylor chasing eighth consecutive World Matchplay title

24 Jul | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Darts: Phil Taylor chasing eighth consecutive World Matchplay title

The Power is aiming to extend his current unbeaten record at the Winter Gardens and could face top seed Michael van Gerwen in Sunday's final...

In reaching the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay with a 13-6 victory over Andy Hamilton on Wednesday, Phil Taylor extended his unbeaten run at the Winter Gardens to a remarkable 37 matches.

The Power’s aim, of course, will be to make it to 40 at the famous Blackpool venue, a figure which would ensure his eighth successive triumph at the PDC’s second-oldest major tournament and the 16th of his career.

2/1 – Phil Taylor to win the World Matchplay

World number one and top seed Michael van Gerwen is already safely through to Saturday’s semi-finals and remains the tournament favourite, but Taylor will not be concerning himself with the possibility of facing the Dutchman in Sunday’s final for the second consecutive year just yet.

8/11 – Michael van Gerwen to win the World Matchplay

His next opponent is Grand Slam of Darts runner-up Dave Chisnall, who sealed his place in Friday’s quarters by defeating Keegan Brown 13-11.

While Taylor boasts an 18-7 winning record against Chisnall, he will be wary of the threat posed by an opponent who has won two of their last three meetings and famously knocked him out of the World Championship in 2012.

11/4 – Dave Chisnall to beat Phil Taylor

Should Taylor make it to the semis, he will play the winner of 2007 champion James Wade and Austrian Mensur Suljovic, who caused a major upset by defeating current World and Betway Premier League champion Gary Anderson – thus ending the third seed’s hopes of claiming a Triple Crown – 13-9 in Wednesday’s second round.

If he comes through that test, Taylor’s thoughts will inevitably turn to Sunday’s showpiece occasion, and the prospect of claiming another famous victory at the venue he enjoys playing at the most.