Stats favour Van Gerwen ahead of Anderson clash at BoyleSports Grand Slam

Gary Anderson, Michael van Gerwen

The stats suggest a Michael van Gerwen win ahead of tonight's last 16 clash with Gary Anderson at the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts in Coventry.

Tonight's meeting at the Ricoh Arena will see three-time Grand Slam champion Van Gerwen take on two-time runner-up Anderson in the pick of the last 16 ties.

While Van Gerwen eased through his group with three victories, Anderson pulled out a 119 checkout to squeeze past Ryan Searle in their qualification decider after the Scot lost 5-1 to Simon Whitlock in his second game.

Van Gerwen sits third on the list of tournament averages (99.45), though Anderson does not make it into the top ten.

However, the two-time World Champion leads Van Gerwen in the checkout success % list with 47.83% accuracy to the world number one's 41.67%.

Neither player features in the list of top ten 180 hitters in the tournament.

Van Gerwen v Anderson stats

As well as dominating the stats at this year's tournament, Van Gerwen has also won eight of the last nine meetings between the pair since November 2018.

Anderson claimed victory in their penultimate meeting at the Premier League to halt a run of seven successive defeats, which included a crushing 6-1 loss at the 2018/19 World Championship

The pair have played each other 61 times since 2006, with Van Gerwen winning 41, Anderson winning 18 and two matches ending in draws.

However, the darting giants have collided just once at the Grand Slam, in 2018 when Anderson ran out a 16-12 victor in the semi-finals.

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BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts
Schedule of Play
Saturday November 21 (1900 GMT)
Second Round

Michael Smith v Rob Cross
Devon Petersen v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall