Shaun Murphy (@1.72) vs Jack Lisowski (@2.1)
12-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Shaun Murphy will win

Shaun Murphy – Jack Lisowski Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 02:00

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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. 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. 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.

Head-to-Head: Shaun Murphy Vs Jack Lisowski

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. 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. 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. 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. With a taste of the single table set-up, the Kettering cueist will be desperate to make a return. The Scot has gone under the radar a touch but has actually been one of the most improved players on the circuit of late.

The Englishman probably would have been hoping that achievement resulted in an easier opening path but it hasnt really transpired in that fashion. But Perry is more familiar with the Crucible surroundings and, even as the qualifier, is arguably the marginal favourite for this one. Perry, who beat defending champion Mark Selby in the first round as a qualifier in 2018, is now match sharp and relatively fresh after losing only five frames in the preliminaries at the English Institute of Sport. From ten prior encounters with one another, Perry possesses the advantage with six wins to his name. Gilbert has been the better player overall this season, highlighted by his runs to the finals of both the World Open and German Masters. It has taken David Gilbert 17 years as a professional to break into the top 16 but he picked a good time of the year to achieve it, guaranteeing an automatic World Championship spot for the first time. Joe Perry, with his immense experience, was in many peoples eyes the most difficult qualifier to get.

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.

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Last season he reached a Semi-final in the Welsh Open and the Quarter-final of the previous Paul Hunter Classic. Wilson has also shown promising form this season by making the Quarter-final of the latest event (World Open). He should be considered a threat to go far again considering all the absent top players. The Tyneside Terror is another player that has been knocking on the door for his first ranking event win.

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. 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. 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. Michael Georgiou represents Robertsons initial test, the latter proudly becoming the first Cypriot to ever qualify. 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.

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.

Mark Allen vs Zhou Yuelong

Still, this affair is practically a flip of a coin. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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. 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. 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. Which Mark Selby is going to turn up? Zhao Xintong is arguably the most improved player of the season. Thats what a lot of people are wondering as we get set for the 2019 World Snooker Championship. 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.