He does have the crowd on his side not because he is the man or anything like that but because Nicholson is hated
Wade can finish better than Nicholson and that is what it comes down to, its all about the doubles, Wade loves double top and was firing them in last match
Wade will win no doubt about it, he doesnt need to be 100percent to beat Nicholson
Wade has never averaged above 92 at the world championships.
He will not win with an average of below 92 here.
His double 20 throwing was dire last match although it picked up a bit in the last few sets, I'm really not sure what match you were watching.
His accuracy is poor, he's following bad first darts, and he's too light in the board, technically he's a mess.
Nicholson has beaten two players who have greater crowd support than Wade, in Priestly and Lewis, and has averaged 95 and 98 with the crowd 'hating him', so I don't see the basis of you suggesting the crowd will negatively affect him.
Nicholson has proven his mental strength so far this tournament, it's not in question, and he won't bottle it like Van Der Vort did. Wade is pretty much all over the place at the moment compared to 6+ months ago and people saying he will 'find an extra gear' are just hoping.