Taylor sets up Anderson clash

29 December 2017 06:07:28 EST

Phil Taylor remains on course to win his 17th world title in what is his final world championship before retiring from the sport as a professional.

The Power defeated Keegan Brown 4-0 on Thursday night at the Alexandra Palace to book a meeting with Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals.

The 57-year-old dropped just five legs in his victory against the former world youth champion, averaging 101.34, a figured helped by some big checkouts from the number six seed at crucial points of the sets.

Taylor is now 3/1 to lift the trophy on 1st January as he attempts to win his first world title since 2013 when he beat Michael van Gerwen in the final. The man from Stoke fell in the quarter-finals 12 months ago when old foe Raymond van Barneveld knocked him out of the tournament.

Anderson also did his bit on Thursday to set up a last-eight clash with Taylor as he defeated Steve West 4-2. The opening set of the match went into a decisive leg in which the Flying Scotsman hit a 104 checkout to win it and take an early lead.

West levelled the match in the second set with the highlight being his 13-darter in the second leg. Anderson then won two of the next three sets before closing out the match in the fifth leg of the sixth set.

Anderson, who is chasing his third world title, is 1212/1 to go all the way this year. The Scotsman last met Taylor in this tournament in their epic encounter in the 2015 final when Anderson edged it 7-6 to win his maiden world crown.

Taylor is 1/1000 to win Friday's match-up, while Anderson is 1/1 to eliminate the Power and book a spot in the semi-finals.

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