Mark Selby (@1.5) vs Jack Lisowski (@2.62)

Our Prediction:

Mark Selby will win

Mark Selby – Jack Lisowski Match Prediction | 10-09-2019 02:30

Jackpot had a very strong and consistent season last time out with the joint 5th highest match win percentage in the game. Lisowski looks poised to go one better and claim his first ranking event win having made three final appearance last season, one of them here at Riga. This impressive form has seen him shoot into the worlds top 16 rankings.

Michael White is the defending champion having beat Shaun Murphy Kyren Wilson 4-2 in last years final. The tournament is named in honour of the three times Masters champion who died in 2006. 128 players will compete for the winning prize of 20,000 and coverage can be followed on Eurosport Player. The venue is Stadthalle in Frth, Germany. It will be held from the 22nd-26th August. The Paul Hunter Classic is the third ranking event of the 2018-2019 season.

Matthew Selt 5-3 Lyu Haotian Players Championship Ronnie OSullivan 10-4 Neil Robertson Gibraltar Open Stuart Bingham 4-1 Ryan Day Tour Championship . Mark Allen 9-7 Shaun Murphy The Masters . Kyren Wilson 4-2 Peter Ebdon Shanghai Masters .. Ronnie OSullivan 13-11 Neil Robertson China Open Neil Robertson 11-4 Jack Lisowski World Championship .. Jimmy Robertson 9-6 Joe Perry English Open . Riga Masters . Judd Trump 10-6 Ali Carter Welsh Open . Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 1-0 Michael Holt Indian Open .. Stuart Bingham 9-7 Mark Davis International Championship Mark Allen 10-5 Neil Robertson Champion of Champions Ronnie OSullivan 10-9 Kyren Wilson Northern Ireland Open Judd Trump 9-7 Ronnie OSullivan UK Championship Ronnie OSullivan 10-6 Mark Allen Scottish Open . Mark Williams 10-9 David Gilbert Paul Hunter Classic .. Judd Trump 10-4 Ronnie OSullivan German Masters Kyren Wilson 9-7 David Gilbert World Grand Prix . Neil Robertson 9-7 Stuart Bingham Snooker Shoot-Out .. Ronnie OSullivan 11-9 Barry Hawkins China Championship Mark Selby 10-9 John Higgins European Masters .. Neil Robertson 5-2 Jack Lisowski World Open ..

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Lisowski won three matches to qualify for the Australian Goldfields Open, but lost 50 in an hour to Shaun Murphy in the first round.[29] He defeated Lu Chenwei 52 in the Wuxi Classic and was then knocked out 52 by Zhao Xintong. Lisowski won a trio of matches for the second time this season to reach the Shanghai Masters where Ding Junhui eliminated him 51 in the opening round.[30] After Lisowski beat Chris Melling 61 at the UK Championship he said that he was hoping to rediscover his confidence after having a quiet start to the year.

In his match against Chen, Lisowski made the first 147 in competitive play of his career.[15] In the first round of the event in York, Lisowski lost 26 to Stuart Bingham.[16] Lisowski beat Ian Burns and Jamie Burnett to qualify for the China Open and then saw off Zhou Yuelong to advance to the last 32. The 2012/2013 season was a breakthrough year for Lisowski as he qualified for five ranking tournaments, including the World Championship, and reached his second final as a professional.[14] The first tournament he reached was the Australian Goldfields Open by beating Dave Harold and he lost 25 to Mark Davis in the first round in Bendigo.[14] He couldn't qualify for the next two events, but then defeated Chen Zhe and Joe Perry to feature in the UK Championship for the first time.

The format for this tournament is very short, only best of 7 frame matches from the first round all the way to and including the final. This should allow for some surprise results where some the favourites will inevitable fall before the later stages. Therefore it may be best to oppose some of the shorter odds players in this field and take a chance on some promising players at bigger odds. Also with many of the worlds top players absent for this event the winning place is really wide open for the 128 players in the draw. Looking back at the previous winners there are some players on the list that dont normally win tournaments like Michael Holt, Barry Pinches and even last season with Michael White.

Lisowski started the season with a trio of qualifying wins for the second year in a row to reach the Australian Goldfields Open and, just like last year, he was whitewashed 50 in the first round this time by Judd Trump.[36]After beating Ali Carter 65 at the International Championship, he lost 63 to Marco Fu in the second round.[37] Lisowski knocked out Zak Surety and Graeme Dott at the UK Championship, but bemoaned the fact that he could not translate that form to the main arena in the third round as he lost 64 to David Grace.[38] He was narrowly defeated 43 in the second round of the Welsh Open to Martin Gould.


Lisowski progressed through to the last 16 of the Northern Ireland Open by defeating David Lilley 43, John Astley 41 and Joe Perry 43, but was thrashed 40 by Barry Hawkins.

Ford seems to like this event he reached the final in 2016 missing out 4-2 to Mark Selby and got to the last 16 last season. Ford has a good draw here there is no player in his quarter ranked inside the top 30. The world ranked number 33 is a heavy break builder, he has made 187 career centuries (34th on the all time list) & has made 3 maximum breaks, only 14 players have ever record 3 or more.

Also as a bonus he is already through to the last 64 due to his first round opponent withdrawing. X-Factor is a talented player who reached three Quarter-finals last season and also made the Quarter-final in the latest tournament (World Open). Guodong is capable of mixing it with some of the best players as shown by some of his head-to-head records (leads John Higgins 2-1, tied with Mark Williams 1-1 trails Selby 3-2, Trump 3-2 & OSullian 4-1). Outside the worlds top 16 ranked players there are not many better.

Lisowski also has a great draw here with the highest ranked player he could meet before the Last 16 being Jimmy Robertson. Jackpot was one of the most improved players last season with a 67% match win rate in ranking events (7th highest). He has continued that with impressive form so far this season reaching the final of the Riga Masters and the Quarter final of the World Open.

Mark Selby vs Zhao Xintong (full match) World Snooker Championship 2019

Neil Robertson 10-4 Michael Georgiou. David Gilbert 7-10 Joe Perry. FIRST ROUND. Jack Lisowski 10-8 Ali Carter. Shaun Murphy 10-3 Luo Honghao. Mark Allen 10-7 Zhou Yuelong. Ronnie OSullivan 10-3 James Cahill. Barry Hawkins 10-5 Li Hang. Stephen Maguire 10-6 Tian Pengfei. Mark Williams 10-5 Martin Gould. Judd Trump 10-7 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. Stuart Bingham 10-8 Graeme Dott. Ding Junhui 10-6 Anthony McGill. Kyren Wilson 10-6 Scott Donaldson. Luca Brecel 10-7 Gary Wilson. John Higgins 10-6 Mark Davis. Mark Selby 10-5 Zhao Xintong.