Ronnie O'Sullivan (@1.22) vs Kyren Wilson (@4.0)

Our Prediction:

Ronnie O'Sullivan will win

Ronnie O'Sullivan – Kyren Wilson Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 02:00

However, Trump will be pleased to have emphatically brought a halt to Wilsons run this afternoon. That was the beginning of a four-game win streak over Trump for Wilson in major competition, culminating in a 6-1 victory at last Novembers Champion of Champions. The following weeks saw both players exchange tense words in the media, which added extra spice to this occasion.

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. 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. 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. 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. Against Martin Gould, Williams probably could have received an easier opening challenge. A former ranking event winner, Gould has the type of game that can trouble any opponent on his day. 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. Williams has lost the consistency that was a cornerstone of his game last season.

Arguably the worst draw that John Higgins could have received on the back of what has been his most miserable season in years. 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. 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. 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. 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.

That was probably my best form, said Selby. After that I seemed to just relax and play my normal game. Stephens been playing well of late, so I knew it was going to be a tough game and I needed to get off to a good start. In the first frame I was a little bit nervous and I think it showed.

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

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

Ive lost the last few times against him and this is one I was really up for. Neither of us want to lose to the other because of the rivalry, said 2011 UK Champion Trump. It was a good atmosphere. I love coming here, I love the atmosphere and it normally brings out the best in me. I practised hard over Christmas and this was one I wasnt going to lose. Its nice to win. When you get rivalries like that and youve got a bit of competition in the audience as well, some calling out and stuff its all good fun.

In January 2018, Wilson reached the final of The Masters, becoming the first person born in the 1990s to appear in any Triple Crown final. Wilson made his first official 147, the 133rd in competitive history, to force a decider against Martin Gould in the second round of the International Championship, but eventually lost 5-6.

Ive never got to the final here. Ill be going away and practising tomorrow to try and get ready for the next game. The draw is always tough, youve got a difficult game in every single match you play. Ive been close a couple of times.

In the 2018 Champion of champions, he beat World Champion Mark Williams and Judd Trump by dropping only a frame in each match, before defeating Masters Champion Mark Allen, to face Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. At the 2019 German Masters Wilson won the title, beating David Gilbert 9-7 in the final. In September, he won his second consecutive tournament, the non-ranking 2018 Six-red World Championship, defeating Ding Junhui in the final 84.[46] Wilson reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Shanghai Masters, losing 10-6 to defending and eventual champion Ronnie O'Sullivan. In August 2018, Wilson claimed his second ranking event title at the 2018 Paul Hunter Classic, defeating his former mentor and 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon 42 in the final. O'Sullivan led 5-1 and 8-5 before Wilson pulled back and eventually led 9-8, before losing 10-9.[47] In the 2018 Northern Ireland Open, Wilson played a match over 3 hours long against Lee Walker, whose shot time average was over 30 seconds, losing in a deciding frame.