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

Our Prediction:

Judd Trump will win

Judd Trump – David Gilbert Match Prediction | 11-09-2019 02:00

Which Mark Selby is going to turn up? A lot depends on which Selby actually turns up. Selbys displays on home soil have predominantly been dismal, reaching the last four of a UK-based ranking event only twice in two years. Zhao gave Selby a stern check in the semi-finals of the China Championship in September the only piece of silverware in Selbys cabinet from a forgettable period. The 22 year-old must have been a despondent character twelve months ago when he dropped off the Main Tour but immediately bounced back via Q School and in one season is already in the cusp of breaking into the top 64 in the world rankings. Zhao Xintong is arguably the most improved player of the season. Most of his strong showings have come in China and its against one of that nations highly fancied young stars who he faces first. The Jester just lost his coveted world number one position for the first time in more than four years and has looked a shadow of the self that captured three world titles in four years between 2014 and 2017. Theres no reason to think that Zhao, a heavy scorer when in full flow, cant put it up to the Leicesterman again on this occasion. Thats what a lot of people are wondering as we get set for the 2019 World Snooker Championship.

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.

He almost made it in Yushan and Berlin, and didnt do a great deal wrong in either final to end up losing, so his time may not be long in coming now. David Gilbert Last year I went for Jack Lisowski and although he didnt quite get it done, I still think it may well happen soon. Dave Gilbert had already moved up to a whole new level last season even before his feats in Sheffield. However Im going to go for another player who also reached two ranking finals in the last campaign.

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Wilsons Crucible odyssey shows no signs of ending after a remarkable tournament which saw a final-frame win over Luca Brecel followed by strong victories over Mark Selby and Ali Carter. Neither the fabled one-table setup nor Trumps reputation seemed to faze him, and after sharing the opening two frames Wilson compiled his superb clearance which was only one short of Trumps current tournament best.

I know hes had health problems which obviously havent helped. Liam Highfield He has always struck me as a very talented player but hasnt yet made his big breakthrough. He could be a bit like Kyren Wilson, who suddenly broke through in Shanghai a few years ago and hasnt looked back since. One good tournament is really all it takes.

James Cahill The tag of first amateur at the Crucible was always slightly misleading, as a former and soon-to-be pro. The sensational shock victory over Ronnie OSullivan shows he loves the big stage, and if he can carry that same swagger back onto the tour and maintain the dedication and commitment occasionally lacking in his first stint as a pro, he could do some more damage.

But it proved a strong response from Gilbert after he had missed a golden opportunity to win the previous frame when he got the snooker he required only to miss the green off its spot. Gilbert had already shown his mettle by pulling level with a break of 94 in the fourth frame, and he would finish strongly to take the final three frames of the session.

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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. Li has risen into the top 32 in the world rankings this season and is undoubtedly a dangerous player. 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. 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 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. 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.

Jack Lisowski Especially in the shorter formats there is always the chance of someone enjoying a spectacular week and coming from nowhere. 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).

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