2019 PDC World Darts Championship – Michael van Gerwen vs Alan Tabern Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Michael van Gerwen vs Alan Tabern taking place? Saturday 15th December, 2018

Where is Michael van Gerwen vs Alan Tabern place? Alexandra Palace, London

What channel is Michael van Gerwen vs Alan Tabern on? Sky Sports Darts

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

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

PREVIOUS MEETING
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Alan Tabern

THE LOWDOWN

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN

  • Van Gerwen will be absolutely determined to claim his third world title after suffering disappointment at Ally Pally last year.
  • By his own high standards, Van Gerwen's form has dipped of late having failed to reach the final in his last four televised events.

ALAN TABERN

  • Tabern came through a see-saw first-round encounter with Raymond Smith on Friday and his reward is a clash with the tournament favourite.
  • Tabern's h2h record with MVG is better than most as he trails 7-6 in career meetings but he has failed to win any of their last six matches.

THE PREDICTION

By his own admission Van Gerwen has under-achieved in the biggest tournament in darts and his form coming into the worlds is a sight concern. However, he is unlikely to be troubled in this second round by veteran Tabern so it should be a relatively routine victory for the Dutchman.