Peter Wright to wear new outfit for World Darts final – and scrap superstition

Peter Wright is set to unveil a brand new outfit for his 2022 PDC World Darts Championship final against Michael Smith at Alexandra Palace on Monday evening.

Snakebite, who is looking for his second world championship title from a third final, wore blue against fellow Scot Gary Anderson in their semi-final on Sunday, and a rainbow design in his last eight tie.

The 51-year-old, who opted to dramatically change his style after his career had begun, and wife Jo have likely devised a plan for the biggest match in darts – but he won't be in purple.

Wright wore a black shirt with multi-coloured trim for his 2013 final defeat to Michael van Gerwen, opting for a purple style during his 2020 win over the Dutchman.

When asked if he was going to wear a purple outfit for the final, due to his previous victory, Wright said: "No… didn't bring it.

"I didn't bring it. I don't need it. I've been through that. You won't see the red one either.

"You'll see a new colour."

Wright is full of confidence for Monday's clash following his battling win over Anderson in their semi-final, with Smith still awaiting his first major tournament victory.

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Wright fired home a record-breaking 24 maximum scores, despite battling through a knee injury.

Speaking to Live Darts TV Wright said: "It's just kind of practice, and obviously getting fat, erm too much weight.

"It's a build-up of liquid underneath my knee cap, and it wasn't comfortable the other day so I've brought one of those knee straps with me.

"I've had it on all afternoon today [Sunday] and for that match. I've still got it on now and it's on fire at the moment."

Smith, who lost 7-3 to Van Gerwen in 2019, said of that defeat this week: "I'd never been in a final before.

"And I don't know how to explain it, but I kept looking at the trophy. I know in a final, it's going to be there again. I kept looking at it thinking, 'you're coming home with me, you're coming home with me'.

"Instead of focusing on the job I had to do, I was thinking too much about that trophy. So this World Championship, I know to keep looking forward and focusing on the job that I've got to do first."

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