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Michael van Gerwen V Peter Wright
January 1st. 7:15pm. Sky Sports
A New Year will start with the crowning of a new king of darts as Mighty Mike and Snakebite do battle in the PDC World Championship final.
Whoever wins the contest, which will be settled over the best of 13 sets, will be lifting the trophy for the first time. Additionally, he will pick up a cheque for £250,000. Whatever happens, it will be explosive.
On Monday night, Peter Wright tore Simon Whitlock apart with a professional 6-2 win. That was then bettered by MvG’s 6-0 whitewash over world number 3 Adrian Lewis.
In the case of Wright, it was another fantastic performance from a man who has averaged around 100 per three darts throughout the entire tournament. On the doubles, Snakebite was exceptional hitting 60% (21 of 35) whilst also breaking Whitlock’s throw on an impressive 9 occasions.
Wright had entered the match as underdog and ranked 12 places below his world number 4 opponent. However, that did not affect the Scot and he quickly booked his place in the final.
If anything, Michael van Gerwen’s obliteration of Adrian Lewis was even more incredible. In truth, 6-0 was a little harsh on Jackpot but even still it was an extremely strong performance from the Dutch master.[quote_right]Having a bet on the darts final? Collect a whopping £200 in free bets when you join Bet365[/quote_right]After taking advantage of missed darts at a double by Lewis in leg 1, MvG asserted his dominance throughout the match. As well as recording his highest three-dart average of the tournament, he also fired in checkouts of 146 and 154 to shatter Lewis’ spirit.
If MvG can find the big scores at big moments like he did on Monday then he should make amends for that failure last year.
Wright has been fantastic all tournament but in a final against Mighty Mike, he may have to up his game another gear. If MvG is on top form, then Wright’s 100 odd average won’t quite be enough – just as Lewis found out on Monday. However, if Snakebite hits the doubles like he did against Whitlock then maybe he can push the Dutchman all the way.
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright Betting
Despite the fact that Peter Wright has been the most consistent player this tournament, it is Mighty Mike who is installed as a heavy 2/9 favourite.
Mighty Mike has already tasted defeat at this stage and that loss to Taylor twelve months ago may give him the advantage. The Dutchman has additionally won a Premier League final and he will not be overwhelmed by the occasion. Judging from Peter Wright’s route to the final you would assume that he won’t either, but there is a possibility that he could crumble under the pressure.
The highest checkout score is set at 144.5. MvG will be expected to rifle in a couple of three-dart finishes and Overs at 5/6 with Bet 365 is definitely worth taking. Should Mighty Mike fail to achieve it, there is nothing to say Peter Wright won’t.
MvG was our pre-tournament tip at 7/2 and his ability to find the treble 20 was one of the main reasons for that. Bet 365 set MvG’s total 180s line to 13.5. Whilst he is certainly capable of beating it, if he performs like he did against Lewis then it could be a short night indeed and so we think Unders at 5/6 is worth backing.
Mighty Mike is a man on a mission. Additionally, he is adamant that he will not experience a mid-match lull like he did in his quarter-final tie and if the whitewash of Lewis is anything to judge by then he is definitely a man of his word. It’s been a phenomenal run to the final but think MvG will outclass his opponent and run out a comfortable winner.
MVG to win 7-2 in sets is priced at 9/2 with Bet365.