Judd Trump (@1.25) vs David Gilbert (@3.75)

Our Prediction:

Judd Trump will win

Judd Trump – David Gilbert Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 02:00

We all saw how upset he was in the moments after losing to Higgins in Sheffield but Im sure hes since reflected on how well he played there and how well he stood up to the sustained pressure of the World Championship. He goes into this season as a real dangerman and hopefully with a bit more belief if he gets to another final. David Gilbert David is not so much knocking on the door of winning a big title as threatening to remove it from its hinges.

Neil Robertson is the man in form after a run of four consecutive ranking event finals culminated in the Australian triumphing in the lucrative China Open at the start of April. Robertson has never really threatened to add to his 2010 Crucible crown but looks to be in the best form of his life heading into this edition. Only Ronnie OSullivan has managed to stop the Melbourne man in his tracks of late and, with the pair in opposite sides of the 2019 draw, there could be a mouthwatering rematch of their Players Championship and Tour Championship final showdowns of last month. The former Snooker Shoot Out champion has done well to reach this stage but one suspects that hell find himself out of his depth against Robertson, particularly if the 16-time ranking event winner maintains his current hot streak. Michael Georgiou represents Robertsons initial test, the latter proudly becoming the first Cypriot to ever qualify.

Judd Trump After his dazzling display in winning the world title, there is no reason why Trump shouldnt go from strength to strength. However, the 2019/20 season will be his biggest test yet, as first time champions dont always play to the same level during the following season. Saying that I feel that If Judd can keep his feet on the ground, he can establish himself as the man to beat all the season and beyond.

Ill go with Lisowski he is knocking on the door, and his time is surely coming. But the main contenders should be David Gilbert, Jack Lisowski, and the Chinese youngsters (Yan Bingtao, Zhao Xintong, Zhou Yuelong, Lyu Haotian and Yuan Sijun). Jack Lisowski Especially in the shorter formats there is always the chance of someone enjoying a spectacular week and coming from nowhere.

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Some good amateurs struggle to make the transition, but hes off to a flying start and looks set for a very strong first season. Louis Heathcote He has already impressed in the qualifiers by coming through two very different matches. It was a real battle against Ryan Day to get to Riga, then he won a high quality match against Noppon Saengkham in the International Championship.

Undoubtedly one of the matches of the round, twice former runner-up Ali Carters reward for emerging from the qualifiers is a date with fellow Englishman Jack Lisowski. The pair has met only once before, back in 2015 when the Dude pipped Carter in a decider at the International Championship and it could very well be that close again here. One possible bone of contention is that, while Carter ought to be warmed up nicely following three routine wins in qualifying, the Captain didnt actually play anyone higher in the rankings than Jimmy White at number 78. Along with the experienced Perry and Dott, Carter is probably the player most of the seeds wanted to avoid. Whether hes been suitably tested or not could be an interesting factor. Lisowski has come a long way since his 13-1 humiliation at the hands of John Higgins in the second round last year, reaching two ranking event finals and breaking into the elite top 16 for the first time in his career. Still, this affair is practically a flip of a coin.

Six years ago at the same hurdle, Davis knocked Higgins out courtesy of a 10-6 scoreline and in fact boasts a superior head-to-head record against the former world number one. Higgins, with no silverware to his name and a series of disappointing early exits from tournaments to erase from his memory, has been disillusioned with the game since losing his second successive World Championship final last May. By beating Lyu Haotian in the preliminaries, Davis became the first player to reach the venue stages via the qualifiers ten times. Match sharp and with a laissez-faire attitude at the twilight of his career, the 46 year-old will be a tricky challenge that an out-of-form Higgins might not have any answers for this year. The Wizard of Wishaw will be hoping that the Crucible Theatre can inspire some of his old magic to return but in the first round of the 2019 World Snooker Championship hes been paired with an old nemesis at this stage. Arguably the worst draw that John Higgins could have received on the back of what has been his most miserable season in years.

Judd Trump It is hard to see past Trump. Having finally got the monkey off his back by winning the world title predicted for him since almost before he could walk, The Juddernaut will Im sure be focusing even more on winning and peaking for the big ones this season. Should be targeting being a multiple World Champion in his career, and no better time to begin that quest.

So if Trump is consistent and maintains a reasonably full schedule he can take over at the top. Judd Trump He starts with the advantage of 500,000 ranking points from the World Championship alone. Ronnie OSullivan is the perpetual unknown quantity we dont yet know which tournaments he will be competing in, and he really needs to get into the Coral series to defend his lead in the rankings. Some people may have forgotten hes already been world no.1 but I think if he got there again it would feel more significant and potentially more permanent.

Judd Trump - David B. Gilbert

Judd Trump Judd was my choice last year (just saying) and he goes into this season with the final piece of the jigsaw: the world title. Hes not yet 30 and has done the triple crown and is now in the perfect position to push on and start winning more titles. Its crazy to think how some people had written him off. You could argue some of the pressure is off him now hes triumphed at the Crucible. If he keeps his focus he will win plenty more. Its also true that first time world champions often struggle with the added weight of expectation and scrutiny but there are so many tournaments now and a lot of trophies to play for.

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Zhou is one of the leading protagonists in the huge pack of young Chinese stars that are emerging. 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. 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. Allen skipped the China Open, an unusual decision that cost him his spot in an easier looking top half of the draw. 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.

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. Against Martin Gould, Williams probably could have received an easier opening challenge. 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. Williams has lost the consistency that was a cornerstone of his game last season. 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. 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. 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. A former ranking event winner, Gould has the type of game that can trouble any opponent on his day. As always, theres great expectation in learning who the defending champion will receive in the first round draw.