Having commentated on every PDC World Darts Championship since the inaugural tournament in 1994, John Gwynne knows a thing or two about the game.
Working alongside the likes of the late Sid Waddell and Dave Lanning, the loveable Mancunian has shared his wisdom with fans for every PDC event he’s ever commentated on for Sky Sports.
With this year’s Ladbrokes World Darts Championship proving to be one of the best ever, Gwynne reckons that tournament favourite and 15-time world champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is the most likely to pick up the Sid Waddell Trophy on New Year’s Day.
Gwynne believes that Taylor is beginning to peak at the right time ahead of Friday’s quarter-final encounter with fellow Stoke darts ace Andy Hamilton, harking back to previous predictions that have paid off in the past.
In an exclusive interview with Ladbrokes, Gwynne said: “I think Simon Whitlock (9/1) is a fantastic bet, but I believe that the best is still to come from The Power.
“I would have Taylor to go on and win it, with Whitlock as a good outside bet.”
Gwynne added: “Who has impressed me the most in the tournament so far?
“I would say at the moment, I’ve been impressed by Michael van Gerwen. I thought that his comeback in his match with Peter Wright was absolutely incredible.
“I’ve had the pleasure of commentating on him many times in recent months. He was unbelievable after going two sets down to win 4-2 with some amazing shots.
“You can’t leave Barney out, what with his 108 average in his first game against Michael Smith. I’ve seen Barney over the past few months come to terms with himself.
“He’s become more comfortable. I’ve worked with him quite closely on the exhibition circuit and he’s just got himself right in time for these championships.
“It was massive for Barney to win in Wolverhampton – that was incredible. I don’t see why he shouldn’t take the form from that tournament into this one.”
Either Simon Whitlock or Raymond van Barneveld will be next up should Taylor progress into the semi-finals on Friday.
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