After nearly a month of competition, the PDC World Championship draws to its conclusion as favourite Michael Van Gerwen battles Michael Smith for the coveted trophy. Michael Van Gerwen is determined to make sure the hard work he has put in to reach his fourth PDC World Darts Championship final ends with a third world title.
The 29-year-old set up today’s New Year’s decider with Michael Smith by thrashing Gary Anderson 6-1 in his semi-final after Smith booked his first final appearance with a 6-3 win over Nathan Aspinall at Alexandra Palace. Van Gerwen is hoping to win his third title and – after missing out on reaching the final 12 months ago – he has put the hours in to make sure he starts 2019 by lifting the Sid Waddell trophy.
We were poised for an all-time classic between van Gerwen and Gary Anderson in the semi-finals. Pundits harked back to stunning ties between the two. Viewers mused on MVG’s semi-final spectacular last year against Rob Cross, and if this one could top it. In the end, van Gerwen just wasn’t having it. He won 15 of the opening 18 legs to blitz the Flying Scotsman. Although Anderson clawed back a leg, it was too little, too late. The seventh set went van Gerwen’s way, and with it came a fourth World Championship final.
World Darts Championship final start time
Tonight’s showpiece match gets underway around 8.10pm at Alexandra Palace.
The final is a best of 13 sets contest.
World Darts Championship TV channel
The programme goes live on air at 8pm.