For only the fourth time in 17 years, Phil Taylor won’t be winning the PDC World Darts Championship, while for the second time in the tournament’s history he won’t even contest the final, however the man that made that possible is an outsider in his semi-final.
Mark Webster may be comfortably the lowest seed of the four title hopefuls at 25th but he has belied that position with several inspired performances, the latest a stunning 5-2 victory over the 15-time world champion in their quarter-final encounter on New Year’s Day.
The Welshman had been dumped out 6-0 by The Power in last year’s semi-finals but his impressive triumph showcased just how much stronger he is 12 months on and the one-time 80/1 shot has dropped only three sets in his four matches to reach this stage.
Yet despite that form, he is available at evens to make it to Monday’s showpiece by beating the highest-ranked survivor Adrian Lewis, with the fifth seed, who has also yet to be truly tested and has lost four sets, priced at 8/11 to get the potentially career-changing win.
There’s nothing separating the two men head-to-head wise as both have won three of their six meetings, though the fact Webster came out on top in two of the three in 2010 may present him with a psychological edge. This is the first time they have clashed this late on in a competition.
It’s a best-of-11 match and three of the last four semi-finals not involving Taylor went to ten or more so expect a tight affair, especially as the last five Lewis vs Webster ties have been decided by a one or two-set margin. Odds of 6/1 are offered on Webster winning 6-5 or 6-4.
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