40 players went to the Lakeside Country Club to compete for the BDO World Championship just over a week ago and now just the two pre-tournament favourites remain as the world number one and top seed Glen Durrant takes on the Dutch star Danny Noppert for the title on Sunday.
The two men will meet in the final over the best of 13 sets so it is the first to seven sets for the title and the £100,000 first prize.
The number one seed and winner of almost everything there was to win in 2016 hadn’t looked anywhere near his best in this tournament but that all changed in the semi-final when he took care of Jamie Hughes in explosive fashion and he will hope that has freed him up enough to let the tungsten flow in this final.
Durrant is one of the heaviest scorers in the game on either code and if he can bring his scoring power to this final he will be very tough to beat in what is expected to be the final match of his BDO career. The fact it could be the last game might add pressure on his shoulders as he knows this could be his last chance of a world title.
For me Danny Noppert has been the best player in the tournament so far and if that counts for anything in this final then he will be the champion. We all know it doesn’t work like that though and he will need to come out and produce his best if he is to get the job done.
Noppert has looked totally unflappable over the course of the week and that will definitely stand him in good stead here. Another thing that will serve him well is his finishing which has been quite fantastic so far. His scoring hasn’t been that bad either so Noppert is going to take a lot of stopping too.
Head to Head
Amazingly these two will be meeting for the very first time in their careers here. They haven’t picked a bad time or stage for their first battle.
I’ve a feeling that Danny Noppert will come out on top in this final but it isn’t a strong enough one to act on. I’ve a much stronger feeling that this will be a close final. I think they are very evenly matched and neither is going to want to give up this title without a fight.
The quality of both came through in the semi-final and I’m expecting an entertaining and hugely dramatic conclusion to the tournament and one which can end 7-5 or 7-6 to either man.
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