Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright: World Grand Prix 2018 Final preview - Top two collide for glory

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 6 Oct 2018
Wright looks to make it three wins in a row over MVG (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The top two ranked players in world darts face off for the right to be crowned 2018 World Grand Prix champion on Saturday as Michael van Gerwen takes on Peter Wright in Dublin.

Despite the notorious unpredictability of the double-start format, the cream has risen to the top at the Citywest Hotel this week with the top two seeds storming through their sections of the draw.

This will be the ninth time the decorated duo have met in a televised final as Wright looks to deny his nemesis major silverware for the first time.

Van Gerwen has responded to the critics in typical fashion this week, cruising into his fifth Grand Prix final for the loss of just two sets.

The world number one is back on the stage where he made his first significant breakthrough six years ago, winning his first major title to pave the way for an unprecedented spell of dominance.

After powering past Steve Lennon and Darren Webster for the loss of just one leg, MVG recorded the highest average of the tournament so far (101.54) in denying a resurgent Dave Chisnall 3-1 in a high quality Quarter-Final before dethroning defending champion Daryl Gurney 4-1.

The Premier League champion is vying for his fourth Grand Prix crown and what would be a first major televised ranking title since last November's Players Championship Finals.

Wright, meanwhile, had never made it beyond the Quarter-Final stage in Dublin prior to this year but has maintained his superb run of form to break new ground and make it back-to-back televised finals. 

Champions League runner-up a fortnight ago, the colourful Scot has now appeared in ten consecutive Semi-Final appearances on the big stage, including four finals, with his most recent triumph coming at the Melbourne Masters in August.

Wright produced one of the most incredible comebacks ever witnessed in this prestigious double-start tournament as he recovered from 3-0 down to defeat Mensur Suljovic 4-3 in Friday's Semi-Finals.

That came after he had denied James Wilson in another last-set decider in the Quarter-Finals to follow on from straight sets wins over Steve West and Jermaine Wattimena.

Wright has a tournament average of 92.67 to MVG's 95.85 and a checkout percentage of 41 per cent to the Dutchman's 50 per cent.

Van Gerwen has dominated this fixture over the years, winning 52 of their 69 meetings, while two have resulted in draws in the Premier League.

It is, Wright, however, who has come out on top in their two most recent encounters - an 11-7 victory in the Semi-Finals of the Melbourne Masters and a thrilling 11-9 triumph in the Semi-Finals of the Champions League.

The final gets underway from 8pm BST and will be contested over the best of nine sets. All sets are the best of five legs.


Match Odds with Unibet 

Michael van Gerwen 1/5
Peter Wright 10/3

Handicap Betting

Van Gerwen -2.5 sets @ 3/4
Wright +2.5 sets @ 19/20

Correct Score Prices

MVG 5-0 @ 13/2
MVG 5-1 @ 7/2
MVG 5-2 @ 10/3
MVG 5-3 @ 10/3
MVG 5-4 @  6/1

Wright 5-0 @ 50/1
Wright 5-1 @ 33/1
Wright 5-2 @ 20/1
Wright 5-3 @ 12/1
Wright 5-4 @ 7/1


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Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright: World Grand Prix 2018 Final preview - Top two collide for glory

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