Taylor plays Rob Cross on New Years Day in the PDC Final and is odds-on to end his career in style
It’s been an incredible 2018 PDC World Darts Championship and it will end with a final between two players that both have incredible narratives.
On one side you have Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, who will play his final ever match on the biggest stage of all before retiring, looking for his 17th Championship, a record that will surely never be surpassed.
On the other side you have Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross, a man who was watching the tournament at home 12 months ago, got his tour card, made his debut at the Ally Pally two weeks ago and has just beaten Michael van Gerwen in one of the greatest ever games.
ONE OF THE GREATEST MATCHES YOU WILL EVER SEE— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 31, 2017
Rob Cross is into the World Championship final against Phil Taylor after a truly incredible game against world number one, Michael van Gerwen
Thank you Michael and Rob for a wonderful match #WHdarts #LoveTheDarts pic.twitter.com/1tiz3hSGEG
Both players are easy to back depending on what you look into and it is reflected in the betting. Taylor is the marginal favourite at 10/11 whilst Cross is a 17/16 shot. However, punters have sided comfortably with Taylor as they believe a fairy-tale ending is written in the stars.
59% of bets to date have gone on the Stoke star with 41% going on the 27-year old newcomer. It is only the second time in the tournament that Cross has been the outsider in a match, but ‘Voltage’ backers who backed him at 7/2 vs MVG (and at 14/1 Antepost in the Oddschecker betting preview) will have no fear in their man delivering on the biggest stage of all.
Nevertheless, it could well be that the greatest player of all time has the last say, lifting the Sid Waddell trophy for one last time before walking off into the sunset. It promises to be a special and emotional occasion in North London.
Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “After 18 days, we are down to the final two players and many romantics will be hoping that Phil Taylor can end his career in the perfect way. But Rob Cross played the game of his life beating Michael van Gerwen and will prove a worthy opponent. The bookies and punters both favour ‘The Power’ however and as Barry Hearn said: “It would be typical of Phil to win it all!”