After last night’s tungsten action we now know that Michael Van Gerwen will face James Wade to win the World Grand Prix trophy after both players had contrasting victories in their semi-final matches last night. James Wade looked out of sorts early on as Gary Anderson blew him out of the water in the first two sets his average over 10 points better than the Machine. James used all the experience and know how to get back into the match grabbing the crucial third set. It felt like the game changed completely for Anderson in the 6th set as he relinquished his powerful position by struggling to hit his opening double. In the first leg of that set it took over 9 darts to start off and this seemed to affect him for the rest of the match. Although the match went to a deciding leg in the final set, Wade always looked the more comfortable in that position as he wrapped up the match on double 10.
Michael Van Gerwen made light work of BDO Wold Champion Stephen Bunting winning the match 4-0 to reach his second final in this tournament. MvG came back in the opening set from 2-1 to win 3-2 and the Dutchman never looked back from there posting a 160 checkout and again winning the 3rd set in the deciding leg to win. The scoreline was harsh on Bunting who did show his quality in patches in the match, however again he struggled to start off hitting his double in the important legs which gave MvG the mometum. The Bullet can be proud of his achievements in this tournament and can look forward to the Grand Slam and World Championships in hope he can go far in both competitions
PDC World Grand Prix Final
Michael Van Gerwen v James Wade
These two players have faced each other several times over the past few years and most if not all matches have ended very close between the two. Indeed the head-to-head stats read that both players have had 10 victories against each other. Van Gerwen has had the upper hand recently winning two world series of darts events against the Machine 10-6 and 11-9.
I do feel that the odds of Van Gerwen to beat Wade at 2/5 is far too short and is possibly showing The Machine a little disrespect on his ability. That said just like in his match against Phil Taylor I feel that it is imperative that Wade wins the first set in this match if he is to win. He will not be able to lose as much ground tonight as he did against Anderson last night. On current form I do feel that Van Gerwen has managed to improve his performance from his scare against Mervyn King and I think will do enough to win. I shall back him on the -1.5 set handicap at 8/11. I think that the change in the tournament format being a best of 9 sets instead of 11 will actually suit MvG more as the match progresses.
My final bet shall be James Wade to hit a checkout higher than 118.5 at 5/6 on Paddy Power. Wade is more than capable of hitting the high checkouts when needed and he has shown that so far this week. I think this line is 4 or 5 points too short so I think this is a great price to take
2 points – Michael Van Gerwen (-1.5 sets) to beat James Wade 8/11 Bet365
4 points – James Wade Checkout Over 118.5 5/6 Paddy Power