'110 per cent' needed to deny Taylor

27 December 2012 11:07:25 UK

Michael van Gerwen believes that Phil Taylor can be beaten at the PDC World Darts Championship, but only by someone playing at '110 per cent'.

Taylor has sailed into the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace with few problems, but Van Gerwen is one of a number of players who now believe that they can be crowned world champion.

You need to play at 110 per cent if you want to beat him.

Michael van Gerwen

He told Sky Sports News: "If he's not at his top level, people can beat him, it's as simple as that.

"You always need to prepare yourself well to play Phil Taylor, you need to play at 110 per cent if you want to beat him, otherwise you won't."

Van Gerwen is 10/11 to win the world title for the first time, with Taylor 10/11, while Adrian Lewis is 1212/1 to complete a hat-trick of world championship wins.

Meanwhile, Taylor himself believes that the tournament has the potential to be the best-ever, as he prepares for a quarter-final against last year's runner-up, Andy Hamilton.

The 15-time champion said: "The averages and the 180s that have been going in the tournament has been amazing.

"It's going to be a brilliant quarter-finals and everyone keeps saying it, but I think it's going to be the best World Championships we've ever had."

Taylor is 1/5 to overcome Hamilton and reach the last four, with the Hammer 7/2 to move on to the semi-finals.

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