MVG wary of the snake

Michael van Gerwen insists he will take nothing for granted despite being an overwhelming favourite to beat Peter Wright in the final of the World Darts Championship (Van Gerwen 1/5, Wright 100/30 Match Prices).

The Dutchman booked his spot in the New Year’s Day showpiece with a devastating 6-0 thrashing of two-time former champion Adrian Lewis in Monday night’s semi-final (Van Gerwen 7-0 Correct Score 10/1).

It was a breathtaking display from the 24-year-old who averaged 103.02 and, more importantly, hit 58 per cent of the doubles, with Lewis unable to find the outer ring when it mattered most.

There was not too much between the pair in the scoring but ‘Mighty Mike’ dominated the business end of the legs and took out big finishes when necessary.

He will face 43-year-old Wright on January 1 at Alexandra Palace after the Scottish-born ace disposed of Australia’s Simon Whitlock 6-2 to ease into the final.

‘Snakebite’ averaged 100.24 and looked at ease on the oche, taking care of the former finalist in ruthless fashion to reach his first final in the greatest darts tournament of them all.

It looks set to be a fascinating final in north London with everything pointing to a Van Gerwen victory if he can maintain his current form.

But, despite enjoying success against Wright at various events this season, the 2013 finalist is refusing to get ahead of himself and will not take his opponent lightly.

“Me and Peter played against each other so much last year,” he told Sky Sports. “I won a bit more against him than he did, but that doesn’t say anything, he’s played very well this tournament.”

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