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Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson: World Darts Championship 2017 Final preview - Top two vie for glory

MVG and Anderson battle it out for the Sid Waddell Trophy (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The two hottest properties in world darts face off for the right to be crowned 2017 PDC World Champion on Monday night as defending champion Gary Anderson and top dog Michael van Gerwen collide in a dream final at Alexandra Palace.

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A fitting end to arguably the highest quality World Championship to date sees the top two seeds embark on a date with destiny on the sport's most iconic stage with a record £350,000 top prize and the Sid Waddell Trophy on the line.

Anderson finds himself on the cusp of an unprecedented 'threepeat' at Ally Pally as he aims to become the first player since Phil Taylor to claim three consecutive world titles.

The Scottish sensation is protecting a 17-match unbeaten run at this venue and now has the chance to etch his name into the history books and deny his rival a second stint with the Sid Waddell Trophy.

The world number two heads into the final with an impressive tournament average of 103.15, underlining his ruthless edge on this stage by averaging in excess of 102 in every fixture from Round Two onwards.

The Flying Scotsman set his stall out with routine whitewashes of Mark Frost and Andrew Gilding, before averaging 107.68 in a thrilling 4-2 defeat of Benito van de Pas in Round Three.

He then defied a record-equalling twenty-one 180s from Dave Chisnall in closing out a 5-3 victory, before overcoming fellow countryman Peter Wright 6-3 on Sunday.

Van Gerwen, meanwhile, sent out an emphatic message to his rival by setting a new record World Championship average of 114.05 in his 6-2 rout of Raymond van Barneveld in last night's Semi-Final.

The world number one, appearing in his third final at Ally Pally, is now just one win away from culminating an incredible season of dominance by regaining the sport's most prestigious silverware. 

Since his premature exit here last year, MVG has gone unbeaten in televised rankings events this season, scooping a remarkable 25 titles and breaking the £1.5 million barrier on the Order of Merit.

The Dutch star has proved exactly why he has been the odds-on favourite for this title since the event began a fortnight ago, and it looks like taking something extra special from the Scot to deny him a crowning glory.

Anderson defeated 'Mighty Mike' 6-3 in their last meeting on this stage in the 2015 Semi-Finals but has lost five of their last eight encounters in all competitions, including October's World Grand Prix final.

This will be the first time the world's top two ranked players have contested the sport's show-piece fixture since 2009 and based on their performances en route to the final, it has all the makings of a close-run classic.

The final gets underway at around 8pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 13 sets (best of five legs per set) at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Player's view:

Van Gerwen: "I feel like anything is possible for me but I only have one goal and that is to lift the trophy.
 
"I also know that I have a very good player waiting for me in the final in Gary Anderson. I think it is the dream final that everybody wanted to see and it is going to be fantastic."

Anderson: "To win it twice made me very proud and it was always just going to be a case of turning up this year and seeing what happened, but I'm in the final and I'll give it a really good go.

"If somebody deserves to win it it's probably Michael but unfortunately for him, I'm still going."


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Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson: World Darts Championship 2017 Final preview - Top two vie for glory

The two hottest properties in world darts face off for the right to be crowned 2017 PDC World Champion on Monday night as defending champion Gary Anderson and top dog Michael van Gerwen collide in a dream final at Alexandra Palace.

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