Power ready to surge

Phil Taylor feels he now has every chance of claiming the Premier League Darts title after securing his place in the semi-finals on Thursday night (Taylor 6/4 To Lift the Trophy).

The ‘Power’ booked his spot at the O2 Arena with a 7-5 success over Scotland’s Robert Thornton in Brighton and faces old foe Raymond van Barneveld on May 22 for a place in the final later that night (Taylor 1/3, Van Barneveld 12/5 – Match Prices).

It looked as though the Stoke legend would miss out this season after he lost four of his first five matches but, in true Taylor fashion, he found his form when it mattered most to win seven and draw four of his next 11 outings.

The 16-time world champion struggled with a new set of darts at the start of this year’s PDC circus but promised that he would be back to his old self when he got used to the new equipment.

And that has proved to be the case as he seems to have peaked at exactly the right time, with Finals night just around the corner.

History suggests that the 53-year-old will go into his match with the Dutchman as a red-hot favourite, as ‘Barney’ has not beaten him in a televised event for six years.

And, having overcome his early demons, the Potteries thrower feels he could still walk away with the spoils on Saturday night.

“I have to get myself ready for the semi-finals because it is a massive night but I have a great chance of winning this title now,” he said.

World champion Michael van Gerwen faces Gary Anderson in the other semi-final and is a strong favourite to progress (Van Gerwen 1/3, Anderson 12/5 – Match Prices).

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