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Taylor 9/1 for seventh Grand Slam of Darts crown

There is more than just sentimental value which makes Phil Taylor appeal at odds of 9/1 to sign off with a seventh Grand Slam of Darts title.

The 57-year-old, who is bringing the curtain down on his glittering career after this year's World Championship, is heading to the Wolverhampton Civic Hall for the final time this weekend for the nine-day tournament which incorporates players from both the PDC and BDO.

Taylor has an excellent record at the event, winning six of seven finals in 10 appearances, and will arrive in the West Midlands in decent form to mount another challenge.

The 16-time world champion has reduced his playing commitments ahead of retirement but in his last two tournaments - the Champions League of Darts and German Masters in September and October respectively - reached the semi-final and final.

He also rolled back the years in Blackpool in July, ending his World Matchplay career in emphatic fashion with a 16th title after casually swatting aside rivals Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright.

Those incredible displays showed Taylor has still got what it takes to win on the big stage and he will be keen to continue his form leading into his final World Championship at Alexandra Palace next month.

The fifth seed should comfortably advance through a group which also includes two-time runner-up James Wade, qualifier Robbie Green and BDO World Trophy winner Peter Machin.

World number one Van Gerwen is favourite for a third consecutive Grand Slam of Darts title at 5/6 after showing strong signs that he is back to his scintillating best.

The Dutchman, having shrugged off injury, has won the European Darts Trophy and European Championship respectively in recent weeks.

Van Gerwen shares a group with one of the outsiders for the tournament, Rob Cross, who he beat in the final in both of those title wins.

Cross is priced at 28/1 to continue his consistent form while Irishman Daryl Gurney, at 22/1, is also a decent shout after recently winning his first major at the World Grand Prix.

Phil Taylor to win Grand Slam of Darts @ 9/1

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Darts