Darts legends give their views on O2 final

By Rob Virtue on May 17, 2012 3:57 PM |

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Raymond van Barneveld thinks James Wade could spring an upset on Thursday night in the eagerly awaited darts final.

Wade takes on Phil Taylor in one of two semi-finals of the McCoy's Premier League Darts play-offs before the winners of each game do battle in front of a crowd of around 9,000.

The Dutchman and one-time PDC world champion said he believes it's all up for grabs between the two.

"You should say Phil would win but last year he got beaten in the semi-finals the same as me," said van Barneveld.

"Last year I beat Gary Anderson twice in the premier league and Adrian Lewis twice but then lost in the finals against Gary Anderson.

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"You never know. It's another day, another game and James Wade may beat Phil Taylor tonight. Anything can happen."

Charlton-born Andy Fordham added: "I think if Phil beats James he'll win it. I'd like to see James win though. What I do think is the winner will come out of that game."

The other semi-final sees Simon Whitlock take on Andy Hamilton with the action starting at 7pm.

Fordham and van Barneveld were both at Charlton Athletic on Thursday promoting an exciting darts exhibition event at the football club this summer.

The Dutch master will compete alongside Wade, Whitlock and Mark Webster, as well as four unknown qualifiers, in the tournament on July 19.

Fordham will be a VIP host at The Valley event, where the capacity is likely to be around 750.

For tickets go to dartshop.tv and see The Wharf next week for a full interview with van Barnedveld and Fordham.

For tickets to tonight's O2 event go to theo2.co.uk