The best Christmas gift can make Max Hopp, this year – it would be another ticket in the city of London, to be allowed to even after the holidays at the Alexandra Palace. In the self-proclaimed “biggest game” of his career Hopp challenge as a crass outsider this Saturday (22.30 at Sport1 and DAZN) arrow Primus Michael van Gerwen. A success would not only be the largest and most prestigious success of the 22-Year-old, but also for the first time a German would bring to the world Cup knockout stages, after he’s already in round three after the departure of Gabriel Clemens on Friday, the last of its kind.

“Michael will be a very, very big challenge. Each Set is a full profit. I hope that I can do it, that it is scarce,“ said Hopp. The Hesse had, according to his sovereign 3:0 victory over Danny Noppert a week world Cup break from competition and traveled home to peace and quiet on the pre-Christmas summit in the mood loaded “Ally Pally” in the mood.

What awaits him, knows Hopp. “Michael is the Best in the world, he is very experienced. It will be very difficult for him to challenge.“ As the target he calls not cocky victory, but to demand, first of all, the 29-year-old Dutchman and, in the mode Best-of-Seven a long Match. Hopps record against van Gerwen reads modest: In the five games Mighty Mike “” always, mostly it was between the two not even close.