Phil Taylor has spoken of the tough challenge he faces this evening as he takes on reigning Champion Gary Anderson when the Premier League darts season heads to Brighton, with the Stoke man once again heavy odds on favourites with Ladbrokes to climb up the table with a win.
Taylor was in sublime form last week of course, averaging a staggering 117.35 during his victory over Simon Whitlock, but the World No.1 isn’t taking anything for granted against the more than capable Anderson.
Ahead of tonight’s action at the Brighton Centre, Taylor said: “I’m looking to keep improving. Everything I’m doing’s working well at the moment and I was delighted last week, but I know I’ve got to play well again against Gary.”
“He’s a world-class player and he’s come back into form, so I’ll have to try and get on top of him early on. Games like this, when you’re playing a player at the top of their game, is where the big averages and nine-darters come.”
With this in mind, Taylor will no doubt be encouraged by his form so far in the Premier League. The Stoke-born player is unbeaten and has boasted impressive averages as well as a fabulous nine-dart finish in Aberdeen.
Taylor is still the star attraction for the thousands of fans that will be in attendance this evening too. He will be cheered on by a lively crowd enjoying the best darts players in the world going head to head.
There are other matches to look forward to as well of course, starting with Kevin Painter against Andy Hamilton which is followed by the eagerly anticipated clash between Taylor and Anderson.
Third up at the Brighton Centre is James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld which should be extremely competitive. Wade is looking for a second successive win, while van Barneveld will be hopeful of continuing his unbeaten start to the campaign.
The final match this evening is Simon Whitlock – who was comfortably beaten by Taylor last week – taking on World Champion Adrian Lewis and this is a fantastic finale to another thrilling evening of Premier League darts.