Phil Taylor will seek to avenge his World Championship defeat against Mark Webster when the two meet at in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Webster shocked Taylor at the quarter-final stage in January, and now the 15 times world champion will look to kick-start his 2011 after he lost heavily against the eventual winner of the World Championship, Adrian Lewis in his opening game of the competition.
Lewis took the tie 8-2, Taylor’s heaviest ever Premier League defeat, at the 02 last week.
favourite admitted he was disappointed with his performance against Webster at the World Championships, and is eager to get his season going with a win him. He said: “It was a really disappointing way to start the season and I'm working hard to put it right."
"I know I'll have to improve against Mark because he's been playing brilliantly recently.” Taylor added.
"He's a great young player who's talented and dedicated to the game and he deserved to beat me in the world championship. That's behind me now and it's a new game on Thursday." He added.
Webster, who made his debut in the tournament with a win over 2009 champion James Wade, is wary of the threat Taylor poses.
"I don't read too much into Phil's result last week because you don't lose your quality overnight," said Webster.
"People say class is permanent and form is temporary, and I think Phil will be fine - just hopefully not on Thursday! Hopefully I can keep playing like I have been and I can get another result against Phil."
Taylor is the reigning Premier League champion and big free bet
favourite for the current tournament despite his early loss, and has won the tournament five times since its inception in 2005.