Taylor will duel with Van Barneveld is still the most special
Phil Taylor is looking forward to his duel with Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday in the third matchday of the Premier League. The dartslegende see his old rival still as his favourite opponent.
“A match against Raymond is always special. To be honest, it is more special than against any other opponent,” said Taylor in conversation with Sky Sports.
The 56-year-old Englishman throws Thursday night in Leeds, his 78th game against the seven years younger, Of Barneveld. Taylor won 56 of those duels, seventeen times was the Dutchman’s strongest and four times ended the same.
In the Premier League played the multiple world champions since 2006, all 25 times previously against each other. Also in that league has ‘The Power’ clearly the upper hand with seventeen victories against only four defeats. Three of those defeats were in the last three years, while ‘Barney’ at the end of last year Taylor turned off in the quarterfinals of the world cup.
“Raymond will have confidence, because he got me the last time a couple times reports. It is a beautiful duel,” says Taylor, who Hagenaar in 1990 for the first hit.
“I enjoy the most of order against Raymond to throw. It’s the old memories of when I first my name is drew, and when he for the first time his name established. These nights are special for me. These are the matches that I long remember.”
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Taylor and Van Barneveld have after the first two speelrondes of the Premier League both have three points, a victory and a tie.
Also Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and James Wade are still undefeated after two parties.
Van Gerwen takes the Thursday night in the First Direct Arena in Leeds against fellow countryman Jelle Klaasen, who is still awaiting his first point this Premier League season.
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