Rag2gar previews the World Matchplay Darts Final between Michael Van Gerwen and James Wade and believes this will be a long battle.
Michael Van Gerwen v James Wade
So it won't be a repeat of last year's final which means Phil Taylor won't be lifting an unprecedented eight successive Matchplay title tonight either.
Instead, we have the resurgent James Wade taking on the best player in darts Michael Van Gerwen in what should be a most entertaining final. The first thing I looked at when analysing this match was their recent head to heads and it doesn't make for enjoyable reading for Wade fans. Van Gerwen has won the last eight times this pair have met and it could well be win number nine tonight.
Wade has however been playing better this week and was excellent last night against Phil Taylor. If ever there was a time I thought Wade could beat Van Gerwen I would say it's tonight. However he must play at least as well as he did last night to have any chance. There is not a lot of bets I like tonight as I think most of the lines are bang on, but there is one bet I do like.
Betway have set the line at 29.5 for total legs in this one. That means they expect one player to win by a margin of 18-11 or better. To me that seems quite unlikely unless MVG blows Wade away. It could happen but to me I think it's quite safe to say that this match will be closer than that no matter who wins. 18-12 or closer you're a winner and I think that should be a shorter price than 4/5. That's my bet for tonight's final.