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Phil Taylor v James Wade Live Streaming Premier League Darts Semi-Final Preview

The duo pictured outside London's O2 Arena as they prepare to entertain a record crowd (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Two darting powerhouses clash at the Semi-Final stage of the 2012 Premier League on Thursday, with the winner favourite to go on and lift the trophy.

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Both Phil Taylor and James Wade have tasted success in this event before, with Taylor boasting five titles to Wade's one, but after a period of uncertainty, both will be desperate to go all the way at the O2 this time around.

The fixture brings back memories of the greatest ever Premier League tie which saw Taylor hit two nine dart finishes, a feat that proved to be the difference in a 10-8 victory over The Machine to win him the 2010 title.

Wade will be out for revenge but will be aware of the uphill task he faces as he runs into a red hot Taylor, who has returned to his rampant best in this event.

The Power has been head and shoulders above the rest over the course of the 14 weeks, hitting countless ton-plus averages as well as a nine darter in the early stages. 

He lost out at this stage of the event to Adrian Lewis last year, a scar that no doubt runs deep for Taylor and is sure to give him the motivation to regain the title. It is likely to take something special to deny him glory.

Taylor completed an emphatic double over the left-hander in the league stages this season, storming to comprehensive 8-2 and 8-1 victories en route to topping the table with 24 points.

Wade's fate went down to the wire as he won the leg he needed to qualify on the final night, denying Raymond van Barneveld by earning a 7-7 draw in Newcastle to clinch fourth place.

Former champion Wade has been patchy at times this season, but recovered from his traditional slow start to remain firmly in contention for darts' top invitational prize.

He is renowned for winning titles after The Power has departed the tournament, but he will need to first dispose of the man himself if he is to clinch the £150,000 crown.  

The duo have met a staggering 43 times in previous major competition, with Taylor coming out on top on 34 occasions. Wade however will take encouragement from his six wins over The Power. 

Their last meeting came just two weeks ago in the league, with Taylor storming to an 8-2 win in Birmingham, just missing out on setting a new world record average along the way.

The bookmakers make the 15-time world champion the inevitable odds-on favourite at 1/5, with Wade offering outside value at 7/2 with Bet365 should he bring his 'A' game.

The match gets underway at 8.00pm GMT and will be streamed live over the best of 15 legs from the O2 Arena, London.

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Phil Taylor v James Wade Live Streaming Premier League Darts Semi-Final Preview

Two darting powerhouses clash at the Semi-Final stage of the 2012 Premier League on Thursday, with the winner favourite to go on and lift the trophy.

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