Mark Allen (@2.87) vs Judd Trump (@1.4)
12-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Judd Trump will win

Mark Allen – Judd Trump Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 01:00

Wilson also had leads of 84 and 97, before Trump sent the match into a deciding frame which Wilson won.[88] Trump scored 278 points to nil in taking the first three frames of his third round UK Championship match with Liang Wenbo, but went on to lose 46. In the defence of his Australian Goldfields Open title, Trump was knocked out in the quarter-finals 15 by Stephen Maguire.[87] He reached the final of the Shanghai Masters, but a slow start from Trump saw him trail world number 54 Kyren Wilson 36 after the first session. Trump branded the collapse an embarrassment and said it was the worst he had felt as a professional.[89] In the new year, Trump and Neil Robertson set a record of six centuries in a best-of-11-frame match (four from Trump and two from Robertson).

At the start of the season Trump was ranked third in the world rankings.

Trump continued his fine form by reaching the semi-finals of the Masters in January.

Semi-Final Prediction: Robertson to beat Williams. Trump to beat Allen.

To some critics out there, the Chinese players are often unfairly being labeled as failures and underachievers, which is somewhat hilarious considering the majority of them are either teenagers or in their early twenties. The Northern Irishman has been one of the players of the season, although things have gone a touch quiet since he captured a brace of ranking titles and reached the UK Championship final at the end of the calendar year. Allen skipped the China Open, an unusual decision that cost him his spot in an easier looking top half of the draw. Zhou is one of the leading protagonists in the huge pack of young Chinese stars that are emerging. Another mouthwatering prospect in this bracket of the 2019 World Snooker Championship draw is the match between Mark Allen and Zhou Yuelong. The 2009 semi-finalist will be hoping that the advantage to all that will be a fresh outlook ahead of the sports most vigurous examination. Still, while Zhou should represent a decent workout for Allen, its hard to look past the 33 year-old in terms of reaching the last 16 on this occasion.

A former ranking event winner, Gould has the type of game that can trouble any opponent on his day. Williams has lost the consistency that was a cornerstone of his game last season. Against Martin Gould, Williams probably could have received an easier opening challenge. As always, theres great expectation in learning who the defending champion will receive in the first round draw. The Welshman has been enjoying a year-long celebration since then and its fair to say that his game has suffered a touch as a result. Gould famously led Neil Robertson 11-5 in the second round in 2010, only for the Australian to fight back and proceed to capture his one and only world title. Goulds performances at the Crucible havent been notable since and the experience, not to mention cool head, of Williams should prove to be the vital difference. Mark Williams produced an unbelievable performance twelve months ago to surprise the pack and claim a third world crown, 15 years after his last success. Yet, its been a miserable time on the circuit for the Pinner Potter of late and he has been in danger of dropping outside the worlds top 32.

With a taste of the single table set-up, the Kettering cueist will be desperate to make a return. The Paul Hunter Classic and German Masters champion reached the last four twelve months ago and was eventually undone by John Higgins but, like the four-time world champion, Wilson boasts a suitable temperament for the big occasion. The Scot has gone under the radar a touch but has actually been one of the most improved players on the circuit of late. His debut berth in the World Championship shouldnt come as any great surprise then, but its difficult to envisage him going any further. Scott Donaldson was the last player to emerge from the 2019 World Snooker Championship qualifiers late on Wednesday night after a dramatic 10-9 victory over Lu Ning. With two semi-final and a couple of quarter-final appearances in ranking events this season, Donaldson is beginning to become more recognisable at the business end of comps. Kyren Wilson could be a dark horse for this years tournament as hes got all the necessary tools to do well in the 17-day Marathon of the Mind.

He won a qualifying tournament to gain entry into the 2009 Masters as the only qualifier, but was defeated by Mark Allen in the first round. Trump's fortunes changed for the 2008/2009 season when he reached the venue stages of the first four events. Lee noted that Trump had not followed the custom of apologising for fluked shots during the match, and concluded "all I've heard about for the last five years is how good he is. He beat double world champion Mark Williams to qualify for the 2008 Bahrain Championship. He again failed to reach the main stage of the World Championship, losing 810 to Stephen Lee in the final qualifying round, having led 63. Today he blew a 63 lead and hopefully that will stick with him."[17] Trump ended the season in the Top 32 of the rankings for the first time. At the Grand Prix, he benefited from Graeme Dott's withdrawal before defeating Joe Perry 52 in the last 16, despite Perry feeling that he had outplayed Trump, who himself admitted to not having played well.[16] Then came the biggest win of his career so far, when he defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 54 to reach the semi-final, in which he was himself defeated 46 by John Higgins.

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The Belgian endured a terrible time after that breakthrough success but this months semi-final appearance in the China Open has provided a signal of a return to form. When on his game, Brecel is a dangerous threat to anyone and its easy to forget that hes still only 24. Still, theres an opportunity for both of these players to reach the second round at the Crucible for the first time in their careers. Making his fourth bow at the Crucible, Brecel will be hoping that the obstacle of Wilson can lead to a stepping stone to greater glories in the event. In a first round draw that is full of eye-catching ties, this one is possibly not one that especially stands outs. Luca Brecel relied heavily on his China Championship victory from last season to remain inside the top 16 and gain one of the crucial automatic berths. The last time Gary Wilson qualified he played Ronnie OSullivan so hell be thankful that he has been granted with a more realistic path into the last 16.

Some people might be surprised to learn that Li Hang, despite first turning professional in 2008, has never actually played in the World Championship at the Crucible. The 28 year-old is one of six Chinese in the draw, four of whom are set to make their debuts on the famous stage. The latter, of course, has become somewhat of a master at the longer format and has reached the semi-finals or better in five out of the last six editions. But its never easy at the Crucible, never mind when its a first appearance, and facing someone like Barry Hawkins doesnt make the task any simpler. Li has risen into the top 32 in the world rankings this season and is undoubtedly a dangerous player. The Hawk hasnt enjoyed an especially good campaign but might fancy his chances in an open looking top quarter of the draw to repeat his now trademark run to the last four.

The deciding frame lasted 53 minutes with Trump winning it on the yellow to seal a 1312 victory.[60] He played against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals, but was unable to capitalise on the chances that came his way: though he potted a ball in 24 of the 28 frames played, he could only make four breaks above 50 in an 1117 defeat.[61] Trump said afterwards "It's probably the worst I've played all tournament. Trump said that he had prepared better than ever for the World Championship and beat Dominic Dale in the first round for the second year in a row, this time by 105.[58] At 87 ahead in the last 16 against Marco Fu, Trump raced away with five consecutive frames to triumph 137 and set up a quarter-final clash with Shaun Murphy.[59] Trump came from 38 down to level at 88 at the conclusion of the second session.

Things havent quite worked out that way for the Scot despite once claiming that it would be a failure if he didnt etch his name on the trophy before the age of 30. To seal his debut at the Crucible, the 31 year-old overcame Soheil Vahedi before standout successes over world number 17 Ryan Day and two-time former finalist Matthew Stevens. Tians next opponent will be Stephen Maguire, who was once thought of as a nailed on world champion. Now 38, Maguire often acts like a player who doesnt really have much belief in his game. That said, the five-time ranking event winner has produced a relatively consistent season and will be hoping to improve on a dismal recent Crucible record that reads six first round defeats in the last eight years. Other qualifiers gained more headlines but one of the most impressive of the lot was Tian Pengfei.