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Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall: World Grand Prix 2019 final preview – Chizzy out to stop the rot against MVG

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 02 Dec 2019
Van Gerwen has won 25 and drawn one of their last 26 meetings (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Dave Chisnall aims to end his wait for an elusive first major title by overcoming nemesis Michael van Gerwen in the final of the 2019 World Grand Prix in Dublin on Saturday.
Chisnall is widely regarded as one of the greatest players yet to win a televised major, but is presented with another chance to open his account, albeit against a player he has not beaten in his last 26 attempts.
The St Helens ace has won through to his eighth televised final since his BDO breakthrough at Lakeside in 2010, with four of his previous final appearances having ended in defeat to MVG.
Van Gerwen’s imperious head-to-head record has seen him lose just nine of their 58 previous encounters, going unbeaten against ‘Chizzy’ in all competitions since February 2016.
The world number one is bidding to successfully retain this prestigious title for the first time and take his tally to five triumphs at the Citywest, having famously secured his first major title here seven years ago.
Van Gerwen survived an early scare as he came from a set down to edge out Jamie Hughes in Round One but was in contrastingly ruthless form when he thrashed Dutch compatriot Jeffrey de Zwaan in straight sets with a 95 average.
He then knocked out Mervyn King 3-1 in a repeat of the 2012 final before whitewashing Chris Dobey 4-0 to reach his sixth final in nine visits to the Emerald Isle.
Reigning World Champion MVG stands on the verge of a sixth televised title of the year and boasts a phenomenal record of just three defeats in major ranked finals over the past seven years.
Chisnall is back for a second bite at the cherry in a Grand Prix final and will be determined to avoid a repeat outcome of 2013 – when he was whitewashed by Phil Taylor.
A rejuvenated ‘Chizzy’ looks to be thriving with his new setup, following up his nine-darter en route to the recent Gibraltar Trophy final with a series of superb displays this week.
The 39-year-old has dispatched Gerwyn Price, Stephen Bunting, Nathan Aspinall and Glen Durrant for the loss of just three sets with a tournament average in excess of 90.
World number 11 Chisnall finds himself in a first major ranking final since the 2016 Players Championship Finals – where he was thrashed 11-3 by MVG, with the other televised final defeats to the Dutchman coming at the 2016 Masters, 2016 Perth Masters and 2017 Shanghai Masters. 
Their latest clash gets underway from 8pm BST and will be contested over the best of nine sets.
All Sets are the best of five legs and here will be no tie-break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.
The final will be preceded by the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay play-off between emerging stars Keane Barry and Liam Gallagher, as they vie for the top domestic honour and a debut spot in the 2020 World Championship.

Player’s View:

Van Gerwen: “I love this tournament and it’s a great feeling when you play well and reach the final.

“My record against Dave is great but I still have to make sure I perform in the final.

“I have to keep putting him under pressure to that he starts missing but he’s been brilliant in this tournament so far.”
Chisnall: “I’m very happy to be through but I want to play better in the final.

“I was poor in the 2013 final and I only won two legs, but that’s gone now and I want to win the title this time.”

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