In 2010 Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor came second in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and might have won it but for Tony McCoy winning the Grand National. He is the only darts player to be placed in the ceremony which indicates Taylor’s standing in the game. The 57 year-old has been the world champion 16 times but retires after the PDC World Championship. He plays his first round match against the unseeded Chris Dobey tonight who he leads 2-0 in head-to-head contests. Taylor can make the perfect start to his last hurrah so must be backed to win 3-0 at 6/5 with William Hill.
With no Premier League football tonight the highlight is the televised clash in which Sheffield Wednesday play Wolves at home in the Championship. There will be many twists and turns before next May but the visitors are looking good for promotion to the top flight. Wolves last played in the top tier of English football in the 2011-12 season but traditionally they are one of the biggest clubs in the country. The club were pioneers in European football, hosting friendly matches against continental opposition before formal European matches were introduced.
If Wolves confirm recent form and win at Wednesday tonight they will go seven points clear at the top of the table. They have won 15 of their 21 Championship matches this season, scoring 41 goals which is six more than the second highest scoring team. The golden days could be returning for the team that play in gold so the football bet of the night is WOLVES to beat Sheffield Wednesday at 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
The cross country chase is not the most popular race at the Cheltenham Festival for the racing purists but huge crowds flock to the centre of the course to watch the horses jump a variety of obstacles. Today the track stages its traditional handicap over a variety of fences and the race (3.05pm) has attracted a decent field and its live on ITV4. CANTLOW won the race by nine lengths last year and looks a decent bet at 6/1 with Coral to win it again today.