Anderson beat Michael Smith 18-16 in his semi final. Van den Bergh overcame Glen Durrant 17-15 in his last four encounter.
Who will lift the Phil Taylor Trophy on stage tonight though? Our team give their predictions on what could be a classic final in Milton Keynes.
As we look ahead to the Betfred World Matchplay final, it feels very much like the 2018 UK Open all over again. That time Corey Cadby who came through the field, this time it is Dimitri van den Bergh. Also, like in 2018, the Flying Scotsman Gary Anderson is also in the final. Gary becoming the master of no fans darts.
On paper, this looks a great match, with not much between the two players. If anything, on stats from the tournament, you would make Dimi the favourite. But then you have to remember that he is playing Gary Anderson.
The final is all about the start for me. I feel Dimi will need to get a lead and try and front run in the match. If not, we saw how good Gary is when leading in his semi final when Michael Smith couldn’t peg him back. A real heart and head moment here, but I’m going Anderson to win. It wouldn’t surprise me if Dimi went and won his first TV PDC title either, but I’m sticking with Anderson 18-15.
Sometimes in sport, if it’s your time, it is your time.Dimitri van den Bergh’s performances at his debut World Matchplay very much suggest that once again, this old adage may very well be true.
The Dream Maker has looked cool and calm on the stage, often under intense pressure from former major champions. To beat Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen, Adrian Lewis and Glen Durrant highlights the quality and mentaility the former World Youth Champion possesses.
Two of those performances showed grit and determination to stay with his opponent and strike with the sweetest possible timing.
But it is the destructive nature in which he took Nathan Aspinall and Adrian Lewis that should concern all those in the Anderson camp.
As for the Flying Scotsman, this has not been peak Gary Anderson by any stretch of the imagination. But, as all champions do, they find a way to win while not at their best. We have seen glimpses of the raw talent, unyielding determination and steely confidence that saw Anderson elevate himself to the top of the world.
The list of trophies Anderson has on his shelf at home will forever be mightily impressive, but if he were to add this years World Matchplay, and in doing so defend his prize money from two years ago, this would be the most spectacular of them all.
For me, this is a matter of head vs heart. Purely on performances this week, Van den Bergh should be the man lifting the Phil Taylor trophy above his head on Sunday evening. But the added experience, including winning the 2018 UK Open behind closed doors, and the ability to take a game away from his opponent at any moment, edges this one in Gary’s favour. I’m going Anderson 18-13 Van den Bergh.
For me, on paper, this should not be a tight final. Gary Anderson has won many major tournaments, and has the experience and class at this level to get over the line. However, Dimitri Van den Bergh has played like a man possessed this week. He’s won two games comfortably, and two games while fighting for his life. By contrast, Anderson has not really been tested throughout the tournament except for his fantastic semi final win against Michael Smith.
No one gave The Flying Scotsman or The Dream Maker a serious chance of making this final, but they’ve both done so. As much as I want Dimitri to win a maiden PDC TV title, I can’t see it happening. Anderson is not a two time back to back world champion for no reason, and I think he will outscore Dimitri in the crucial moments. Therefore, I think he will get over the line quite comfortably 18-12, and defend his winners money from two years ago.
How can I follow the final?
The Betfred World Matchplay Final will be live on Sky Sports in the UK. You can also watch it outside the UK via the PDC’s broadcast partners, such as RTL or DAZN.
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