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Article: Darts: Jelle won^t be wobbling over Phil^s Power play

Darts: Jelle won^t be wobbling over Phil^s Power play

JELLE Klaasen is hoping to upset Phil Taylor when the pair clash on the second night of the Whyte & Mackay Premier League tonight.

The young Dutchman made an impressive debut in the Premier League at Liverpool last week, drawing with Terry Jenkins in a high-quality encounter.

Klaasen faces Taylor as the Premier League makes its Edinburgh debut at the Royal Highland Centre, and is aiming to end the world champion^s current unbeaten run, which moved to 24 games with a win over Raymond van Barneveld last week.

Klaasen enjoyed a win against Taylor in their first-ever meeting – a 7-6 victory at the 2006 International Darts League.

But Taylor has won every clash since, most recently with a 6-1 triumph in a Players Championship in Gibraltar last month.

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"I^ve nothing to lose," said Klaasen. "If I win I^ll be a hero, and if I lose then everybody expects that.

"I^m looking forward to playing him – the first time we played was in Holland and I beat him, but after that he^s beaten me twice. But this is a different day and anything^s possible."

World Championship quarter-finalist Klaasen – a former Lakeside champion – was handed a wildcard place in the Premier League last month, but showed his quality in week one, averaging more than 97 in his draw with Jenkins.

"The main thing was not to lose against Terry, and I didn^t," added the 25-year-old. "I missed a few doubles, but I^m very happy with a 97 average.

"At times I felt really good, but not all the time and I^ll have to improve it to keep winning."

Klaasen^s fellow newcomer Mervyn King took an 8-1 win against Wayne Mardle in the opening week and Taylor – the only player to have appeared in all five years of the tournament – admits he was impressed by the duo.

"I like Jelle. He deserves to be in the Premier League and is showing that," said Taylor, from Bradwell.

"I thought he played very well last week. Mervyn King did as well, and as the two newcomers they were superb.

"Jelle^s an exciting player and when he gets going he^s very hard to stop, but I^m looking forward to the game.

"I^m happy with my form and playing well and hopefully I can make it two wins out of two in Edinburgh."

King hit two 11-dart legs in a superb 8-1 win over Wayne Mardle in Liverpool, and he takes on world number two James Wade as he seeks to remain unbeaten.

"I was pleased with how I played last week," said King.

"I^m told I was averaging around 107 for most of the match, although it dipped a little towards the end, but if someone^s doing that to you then you^re going to have to do something special to stop them."

The night begins with the clash of two former world champions, John Part and van Barneveld.

Part drew with Wade in Liverpool, while a 161 finish from van Barneveld was the high point of his 8-3 defeat to Taylor.

Mardle looks to bounce back to winning ways when he takes on Jenkins in the second game, while Taylor and Klaasen clash in match three.

Almost 4,000 fans will pack the Highland Hall – with the venue joining sold-out nights at Glasgow and Aberdeen this year.

Live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1 from 7pm.

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