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22 Dec 2018 by Trystan Pugh

2019 PDC World Darts Championship – Michael van Gerwen vs Max Hopp Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When is Michael van Gerwen vs Max Hopp taking place? Saturday 22nd December, 2018

Where is Michael van Gerwen vs Max Hopp place? Alexandra Palace, London

What channel is Michael van Gerwen vs Max Hopp on? Sky Sports Darts

Where can I stream Michael van Gerwen vs Max Hopp? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Are tickets still available for Michael van Gerwen vs Max Hopp? https://www.pdc.tv/william-hill-world-darts-championship-tickets

PREVIOUS MEETING
Michael van Gerwen beat Max Hopp 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN

  • Van Gerwen got his campaign off to a solid start with a 3-1 defeat of Alan Tabern and his finishing was particularly impressive as he hit 55% of his double attempts.
  • That match was overshadowed somewhat by an incident during MVG's walk-on where a spectator doused him with beer but he managed to regain his composure to secure the win.
  • The world number one has been the victor all five times he has faced Hopp in the past but this is a tough draw for him at such an early stage of the tournament.

MAX HOPP

  • Hopp produced a clinical display in what looked to be a tricky opener against Danny Noppert as he hit 52.94% of his doubles as he reached the last 32 stage for the third time in his career.
  • The young German will no doubt need to raise his game yet further as he faces the tournament favourite but he has shown in the past that he can hit 100+ averages.
  • Hopp has claimed two titles in 2018 with the highlight being his German Darts Open win when he lifted the trophy in front of his adoring home crowd.

THE PREDICTION

This could be a tricky match to navigate for Van Gerwen as Hopp - long touted as a future world champion - has begun to fulfil his promise this year and now has plenty of experience on the big stage. However, MVG is a man on a mission and few would bet against him continuing his progress here. Expect some stern resistance from Hopp, but the Dutchman should have too much for him in the end.

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