Phil Taylor v Denis Ovens Live Stream UK Open Semi-Final Preview

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 10 Jun 2012

Phil Taylor looks to remain on course for a fifth UK Open title as he aims to overcome the final hurdle preventing him from reaching tonight's final - Denis Ovens.

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Taylor has been good if not spectacular in coasting to the Semi-Finals, but has improved round by round and averaged in excess of 106 in his last two matches.

He rarely slips up at the Semi-Final stage of any competition and is gearing up for a potential grudge match against Dave Chisnall in final, should he too prevail.

The long format significantly reduces the Power's vulnerability and allows his to settle into the game and pull away with a trademark 'power surge', something which may prove too hot to handle for 'The Heat'.

Ovens can count himself as the luckiest man in UK Open history after surviving 17 match darts against him in the last 32 and last 16 collated.

After coming back from the brink to beat Brendan Dolan and Paul Nicholson, Ovens saw off Jamie Caven to incredibly ensure his appearance in a third consecutive UK Open Semi-Final.

For Ovens, victory would incredibly make it a hat-trick of UK Open Semi-Finals and 'The Heat' must feel lady luck is shining down on him after coming back from the brink in his last two matches.

The veteran thrower will be eyeing revenge after being denied of his first PDC major final by Taylor at this stage of the tournament two years ago but knows it will take the best performance of his 30-year career and more to switch off the Power.

The duo have met 16 times in total, with Taylor coming out on top on 14 occasions, most notably 10-5 at the same stage of this event in 2010.

The bookmakers make Taylor the overwhelming 1/33 favourite to progress, with Ovens priced at 10/1 for a shock victory with Bet365.

The match is the first of the two Semi-Finals and gets underway at 7.30pm GMT. It will be streamed live over the best of 19 legs from the Reebok Stadium, Bolton.


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