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Friday, 19 October, 2018

Gary Anderson can soar to first World Matchplay title

Mensur Suljovic lacks the Scot's scoring power

Gary Anderson could put on a show in Blackpool
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G Anderson v M Suljovic
Sky Sports Main Event, 7.15pm Sunday

The World Matchplay title has evaded Gary Anderson for some time but the Flying Scotsman can add the Blackpool showpiece to his lucrative list of achievements with a convincing victory over Mensur Suljovic.

Anderson is appearing in his first World Matchplay final at the tenth time of asking and is a warm order to clinch the title after a string of powerful performances in Blackpool this week.

The Scot has toppled Stephen Bunting, Raymond van Barneveld, Joe Cullen and Jeffrey de Zwaan at the Winter Gardens - twice averaging over 104 - and should be too strong for Suljovic in every aspect.

While Anderson hit 16 maximums and averaged over 106 in his 17-12 semi-final triumph over de Zwaan, Suljovic could smash in only three 180s and average a shade over 90 in his 17-13 win over Peter Wright.

Suljovic was fortunate to bump into a below-par Wright, who was just 13 from 35 on the doubles, but will need to raise the bar to trouble Snakebite's classy compatriot.

Anderson is in excellent nick and his scoring power may ultimately prove too much.

Suljovic's slower playing style caused Anderson a few problems in their earlier meetings but the Scot has won their last two showdowns and has adapted well.

Anderson will not get a better opportunity to claim the World Matchplay and can successful concede a -4.5 leg headstart in doing so.

Recommendation
G Anderson -4.5 legs
2pts 8-11 general


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Suljovic was fortunate to bump into a below-par Wright, who was just 13 from 35 on the doubles, but will need to raise the bar to trouble Anderson
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