Wayne Mardle: MVG will be the World Grand Prix MVP!

Michael van Gerwen enjoying his darts

But Mervyn King will reign over the treble 20s, says Wayne Mardle, as he signs off for the World Grand Prix on Betting.Betfair

"Mervyn King moves along the oche hunting for 60s while his opponent switches his targets with each and every shot."

Back Mervyn King to hit most 180s @ 1.574/7

The World Grand Prix crackled and fizzed through the early proceedings as favourites fell by the wayside but we're going to finish with a proper final as the hugely talented Michael van Gerwen takes on the resurgent Mervyn King.

I'm looking forward to it. Both of these guys are so watchable - King for his darts, and van Gerwen for his showmanship. We could be in for a cracker.

In truth, I'm amazed that Michael is in the final. I've admired him for a long time, and rate him as an unbelievable talent, but of all the majors this was not the one I expected him to win.

Nevertheless, him and King have clearly been the best players throughout the latter stages and this is the rightful final.

The Betfair markets make van Gerwen the favourite at 1.784/5 and rightly so. I fancy him to win but he must get off to a decent start because the Dutchman can beat himself up when he's behind and King is a superb frontrunner.

Rather than take the 1.784/5 however, I'll play a couple of correct scores on a van Gerwen win with 6-3 and 6-4 being my selections. Both can be backed around 8.615/2 and should offer some trading mileage if you like to tweak your bets in-play.

Away from that though I have what I consider to be a major bet, even though the odds aren't so big. King to hit the most 180s is as near to a certainty as I can imagine. The Englishman moves along the oche hunting for 60s while his opponent switches his targets with each and every shot. Put it this way, I can see there being 10 180s and King will have hit seven or eight of them.

Recommended Bets
Back Michael van Gerwen to win 6-3 and 6-4 @ at around 8.615/2
Back Mervyn King to hit most 180s @ 1.574/7

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