Premier League Darts: Phil Taylor v Wes Newton in Cardiff with Power on a hat-trick of defeats
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 22/03/13 10:47am
Phil Taylor: Hoping to avoid rare hat-trick of defeats
Wes Newton is hoping to inflict a hat-trick of defeats on Phil Taylor in this week's Premier League darts in Cardiff - but he will be more focused on avoiding impending relegation which will also be on the agenda.
All of a sudden it's week seven as the darts goes to Cardiff, and players have just three more matches before the bottom two are dropped from the Premier League and the rest go on in search of the title.
Reigning champion Phil Taylor faces as big a crisis as any in the tournament he's dominated with West Newton able to make it three defeats on the bounce for the first time on The Power.
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Taylor did lose three of his first four games in the 2008 Premier League before responding to win the title, so he is not losing any sleep over his form just yet.
"I've had tough spells in the Premier League before and come through them and there's no reason why I can't do that again," said Taylor.
"Gary and Andy have played superbly in the last couple of weeks against me and deserved to win, and I know Wes will be on top of his game this week too. Every week's massive now and I'll be doing everything I can to get back winning again."
The game in Cardiff is also a crucial one for Newton, who knows that a defeat could prove a hammer blow to his hopes of escaping relegation after week nine.
Newton sits alongside Adrian Lewis on three points at the foot of the table with three games remaining before the bottom two are eliminated, but said: "I'll approach it with no pressure.
"I am where I am in the league table, and everyone expects Phil to win. Everybody wants to beat Phil - he's the best player there's ever been so hopefully I can do something.
"Every week I'm putting myself under pressure to get a result because I don't want to be where I am, but the standard in darts at the minute is unbelievable and the best ten players are here in the Premier League.
"I'm playing well and I'm just not getting the results, but I'll keep coming every week and trying my heart out."