Stats suggest Wade to make it third time lucky in Grand Slam final

James Wade

Tournament statistics suggest James Wade will win his third BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts final against Jose de Sousa in Coventry tonight.

Wade and De Sousa will do battle from 1800 GMT at the Ricoh Arena, with both players desperate to become the newest name on the Eric Bristow Trophy.

De Sousa v Wade stats

While Wade progressed through the group stage with three wins from three, De Sousa suffered a 5-2 defeat to Michael Smith, though the Portuguese gained revenge in the quarter-finals.

However, Wade has come closest to exiting the tournament having survived a match dart in his semi-final against Dimitri Van den Bergh, while De Sousa is yet to endure a last-leg decider in the knockout phase.

De Sousa is the joint-second most prolific 180-hitter in the tournament, and stats suggest he will need to maintain his accuracy on the treble 20 to give himself as many double attempts as possible.

Conversely, Wade boasts the highest checkout % success of players to have made it beyond the second round, adding to the suggestion that De Sousa's best chance of victory would be to out-score Wade and deny him shots at double.

Interestingly, Wade also trumps De Sousa in the overall tournament average stakes, thanks in part to his clinical finishing but also consistent scoring of his own.

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BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts Final
Tuesday November 24 (1800 GMT)

Jose De Sousa v James Wade