bwin Grand Slam of Darts: Van Gerwen tipped to outgun Wright

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Michael van Gerwen is expected to complete a hat-trick of bwin Grand Slam of Darts title triumphs by taking care of Peter Wright in tonight’s final.

The world number one has dominated this £450,000 tournament, which features both PDC and BDO stars, and should again be too strong for the game, but outgunned Snakebite.

Van Gerwen was given a real test by Rob Cross in the quarter-finals but backed up claims that he could play much better when brushing aside six-time champion Phil Taylor in the semis.

Wright will be determined to make sure the decider is less one-sided after producing a sensational fightback to edge out Gary Anderson 16-15.

However, with his Dutch foe in such formidable form, we like 9/1 for Van Gerwen to prevail 16-10 in our final bwin Grand Slam of Darts betting tips.

Van Gerwen has been producing three-figure averages all week and posted another at just under 107 for the drubbing of Taylor.

A 50 per cent checkout rate maintained his strong form in that department too, with the Power simply unable to match Van Gerwen’s consistency and clinical finishing.

Wright rallied from 14-8 down to upset Anderson in the first semi and has to be applauded for that spirited display.

However, a three-dart average of under 101 and a checkout rate of 43 per cent suggest he will need to do even better to compete with MVG.

For those seeking a couple of side bets, Van Gerwen is 4/5 to have a better average than 103.5, which he has done in his last five games, and the Dutch master is 7/5 to win the match, have the most 180s and highest checkout.

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