World Grand Prix – Final Preview

Tonight sees the final of the World Grand Prix from Dublin. The final features the world number one Michael van Gerwen who is chasing his 3rd World Grand Prix title and also aiming to keep his 100% in PDC major ranking tournament his season having already won the UK Open and World Matchplay.
The player looking to spoil van Gerwen’s clean sweep is Robert Thornton, himself no stranger to winning big tournaments having won the World Masters and UK Open previously.

I have compiled some stats to guide you through the two players performances so far in the tournament.

First up the usual head to head stats.

MVG vs Thornton

Michael van Gerwen
• This is van Gerwen’s 10th PDC major ranking final, all coming in the last 18 major ranking tournaments. He has only lost in 2 of those finals, both to Phil Taylor (World Championship and World Matchplay). Also noteworthy is that he has reached the final in 8 of the last 11 PDC major ranking tournaments.
• He has won his last 7 matches against Thornton going back to 2013 and has won all 3 of their matches played in 2015. The last time Thornton beat MVG in a major tournament was at the UK Open in 2008 when Thornton won 9-7 in their first ever meeting.

Robert Thornton
• This is Thornton’s 1st major PDC ranking final since he won the UK Open in 2012. He reached the final of the Grand Slam in 2013 though. All in all this is his 3rd major PDC ranking tournament final and he has won 1 and lost 1, both to Phil Taylor.
• Thornton has appeared in 7 ranking finals since the start of 2014; he has won 4 and lost 3 of those finals.

Now moving on to their routes to the final (along with match by match stats)

mvg vs thornton route to the final

Now for some comparison on starting doubles.

Here I have compared the doubles they have hit to start a leg. From the numbers you can see that from the 69 legs Thornton has started he has hit D20 in 60 of them, probably not surprising stats due to his liking for tops. MVG has opted to move around a bit more starting on D20 in just under 62% of his legs and over a quarter of legs he has started on D18.

mvg vs thornton starting doubles

Finally the number of darts thrown to hit a starting double.

From here there isn’t too much too separate them. MVG has hit a higher % of starting doubles with his first dart. Thornton though has got away within 2 darts 62% of the time compared to 53% from MVG. Overall in their opening set of 3 darts MVG is hitting a double 78.3% of the time, whilst Thornton is 76.8% at getting away in the opening set of 3 darts.

mvg vs thornton darts at starting double

I will be no doubt tweeting some more stats out so keep an eye on my twitter feed. I hope you enjoy the final and my previews along the way.

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