WE continue the countdown to the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship Final by reading the tale of the tape between Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith.

A replay of the 2018 Premier League Final, the showdown of the £2.5 million tournament will be the first World Championship final since 1983 to feature two players under 30 years of age.

The winner of the best of 13 sets contest will walk away with the £500,000 top prize, along with the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy.

Here, we analyse the numbers ahead of the mouthwatering clash.

Head-to-Head Record
Michael van Gerwen 25-6 Michael Smith

TV Record
Michael van Gerwen 7-1 Michael Smith
2015 Grand Slam semi-finals (Michael van Gerwen 16-6)
2016 Masters quarter-finals (Michael van Gerwen 10-3)
2016 Premier League (Michael van Gerwen 7-1)
2018 Premier League (Michael van Gerwen 7-2)
2018 Premier League (Michael van Gerwen 7-1)
2018 Premier League final (Michael van Gerwen 11-4)
2018 Shanghai Darts Masters semi-finals (Michael Smith 8-4)
2018 Grand Slam of Darts second round (Michael van Gerwen 10-8)

2018/19 William Hill World Championship Stats
Michael van Gerwen World Championship stats (PDC)
Michael Smith World Championship stats (PDC)