A new winner of the BDO World Darts Championship will be crowned on Sunday evening as Stephen Bunting takes on Alan Norris.
It’s both these players’ first appearances in the final at Lakeside with the world number one Bunting remaining favourite to take the biggest prize on the BDO circuit for the first time.
Bunting set out as pre-tournament favourite ahead of the first match at Lakeside last weekend and has proven his worth, making his way into the final two with relative ease.
The Liverpudlian was amongst those tipped to win the title last year until he slipped up unexpectedly at the second round stage against Daryl Fitton.
This year’s tournament has been plain sailing in comparison for ‘The Bullet’ and he’s dropped only four sets in his four matches so far.
After a 3-1 win over American Jim Widmayer in the opening round, he whitewashed Dave Prins in the second round with a superb three-dart match average of 100.65.
He then made it past Dutchman Rick Hofstra 5-2 in the quarter-finals before easing to a 6-1 over fellow Liverpool player Robbie Green in the semis on Saturday afternoon.
The 28-year-old had a very successful 2013 which was topped off with the Winmau World Masters crown and backed-up by numerous minor tournament wins including the England Classic and England Masters titles.
A victory in the final of the World Championship would put the icing on the cake and Boylesports provide the best price on him taking victory at 4/9.
The unseeded Alan Norris has had a dream tournament so far and very few would have expected him to have won the bottom half of the draw to make the final.
Norris, who’s currently ranked at 27 in the BDO world rankings, has already defeated a number of the top seeds in the tournament, none so more prominent than the second seed James Wilson in the quarter-finals.
The 41 year-old made the headlines from day one of the tournament as he emphatically dispatched the defending champion Scott Waites 3-0.
He then defeated tenth seed Glen Durrant in the last 16 before the excellent 5-2 win over one of the pre-tournament favourites Wilson in the quarters.
Norris then produced an impressive comeback in the semi-final as he came back from 4-2 and 5-4 down to first level with Jan Dekker, before taking the deciding set 4-2 to secure a six frames to five victory.
He’s already shown he can produce his top game against dart’s biggest names and would be a decent 9/4 outside bet for the title with Stan James.
Betting on the correct score is also available and may produce a bigger return should you place the right bet.
The bookies provide even longer odds on what would be a surprise Norris win with Sky Bet offering odds of 11/1 on a 7-6 victory or 12/1 on a 7-5 win.
The final is live on BBC Two from 5:50pm.
You can also claim free bets with Sky Bet by clicking HERE.