Wayne Mardle has given his verdict ahead of the World Grand Prix final between Dave Chisnall and Michael van Gerwen to end what has been a brilliant tournament on the Emerald Isle.

Mardle says that while he likes the way Chisnall has been playing, he sees the Michael van Gerwen of old returning with his old swagger back on the oche.

He believes that Chisnall has to get away first or second dart to trouble MVG and that despite him wanting the St Helens ace to win it for darts as a whole, he sees Van Gerwen as the winner.

“I like the way Chizzy is playing, I like how he has looked relaxed all week, when his first dart hits the treble he is up there with the best in the world,” said Mardle to Sky Sports.

“With Michael I feel like I am watching a man who knows he has got the game, he knows he is going to win unless someone does something extraordinary.”

“I’ve seen Michael (Van Gerwen) since the Premier League look edgy, I haven’t seen a single dart of edginess. He looks like the best player and is acting like the best player – he’s even calling himself ‘The Boss’ tongue in cheek.”

“For Dave (Chisnall) to win he is going to have to hit tops with his first or second dart. I would love to see Dave win because I think it would be good for darts, but I think Michael is a far better player than anyone else on the planet right now.”

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Author: Samuel Gill