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Peter Wright v Phil Taylor live stream: World Matchplay 2017 final preview

Brendan O'Neill in Darts 30 Jul 2017
Taylor celebrates against Wright at The O2 back in May (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Phil Taylor aims to complete a fairy-tale sixteenth World Matchplay triumph by denying Peter Wright in the final at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday.

Watch and bet on darts live at Bet365 > Sports > Live streaming DartsPeter Wright v Phil Taylor gets underway at 1915 BST on Sunday, July 30.

The Stoke legend finds himself within touching distance of a crowning glory on his favourite stage, having defied the odds to sweep aside three multiple World Champions en route to a 17th final in 24 appearances in this prestigious event.

The 56-year-old, who will hang up his arrows at the end of the year, has enjoyed some of the most memorable moments of his glittering career in this venue, but victory tonight would surely rank as the greatest of all.

After making light work of a potentially tricky opener against Gerwyn Price, Taylor was ruthless in thrashing his great rival Raymond van Barneveld 11-3 in the Last 16.

He then produced a jaw-dropping display to dethrone reigning champion Michael van Gerwen 16-6, before following it up with another masterclass in seeing off Adrian Lewis 17-9 with a 102.7 average.

Taylor has enjoyed vociferous support from a partisan Blackpool crowd this week and will be braced for an emotional evening on his Matchplay farewell regardless of the result.

Standing in the way of 'The Power' and destiny is world number three Wright - a player eyeing his second major title of a tremendous season so far.

Wright is aiming for a third straight win over Taylor (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)6x5x4x3xUK Open champion back in March, Wright was also a beaten finalist in the Premier League and is now on the cusp of becoming the first Scotsman ever to lift this famous trophy.

The colourful sensation is appearing in his first Matchplay final, but having produced a mixed bag of performances along the way, will be determined to bring his clinical 'A' game to the stage this evening.

Wright began with a cagey 10-8 win over James Wilson, before thrashing Cristo Reyes 11-4 with a 104 average and defeating Darren Webster 16-12 in the Last Eight.

He then battled his way to a tense 17-15 success over in-form Daryl Gurney to remain on course to become only the eighth different player to claim this title since 1994. 

Wright will be buoyed by his strong recent record against Taylor which has seen him come out on top in four of their last six televised meetings, including a 10-9 epic in the Semi-Finals of this season's Premier League.

Taylor, though, has won 20 of their 33 previous encounters in total and will be desperate to bow out of this historic competition with the most remarkable of resurgences.

Their most important show-down to date gets underway from around 7.15pm BST and will be contested over the best of 35 legs at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

The match will proceed for a maximum of five additional legs before a tie-break leg is required. If the score reaches 20-20 then the 41st leg will be the decider.

Player's View:

Wright: "I haven't played well all week and maybe I'm waiting for the final. "I've done the hard job to get to the final and now I can relax. It will be fantastic. He's the best player on the planet and he always has been, and I've got a tough game."

"I kissed the trophy on my first day here and I'm in the final so I'm not far away from holding it."

Taylor: "It's been lovely this week and this is why it's my favourite, and it means everything to be in the final in my last World Matchplay. I'm happy to be in the final and I'm going to go out there and enjoy it. "I'm going to be steady, I'm going to be consistent and I'm going to hit Peter with a lot of big shots and put him under pressure. "I don't think Peter's played as well as he can so far this week but he's done brilliantly to get to the final - he was lucky to get through the first round but he's pushed on. "I genuinely like him, I like how he works, he does everything right and he practises hard, and he works so hard on his appearance. He's probably the hardest working player I've ever seen in my career."

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