Mark Allen (@2.87) vs Judd Trump (@1.4)

Our Prediction:

Judd Trump will win

Mark Allen – Judd Trump Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 01:00

The Belgian endured a terrible time after that breakthrough success but this months semi-final appearance in the China Open has provided a signal of a return to form. When on his game, Brecel is a dangerous threat to anyone and its easy to forget that hes still only 24. Still, theres an opportunity for both of these players to reach the second round at the Crucible for the first time in their careers. Making his fourth bow at the Crucible, Brecel will be hoping that the obstacle of Wilson can lead to a stepping stone to greater glories in the event. In a first round draw that is full of eye-catching ties, this one is possibly not one that especially stands outs. Luca Brecel relied heavily on his China Championship victory from last season to remain inside the top 16 and gain one of the crucial automatic berths. The last time Gary Wilson qualified he played Ronnie OSullivan so hell be thankful that he has been granted with a more realistic path into the last 16.

One of six players to claim multiple ranking titles this term, Bingham has only lost to Dott three times in 11 meetings and hammered the Pocket Dynamo when they last crossed paths in Sheffield four year ago. Graeme Dotts record in this event is superb, underlined by the fact that he has featured at the TV stages of the World Championship every year since 2000, bar one. In 2015, of course, Bingham proceeded to win the championship. Even so, Stuart Bingham would have to be considered as the favourite, especially taking into account his wonderful form this season. Like all the qualifiers, Dott has useful victories in the qualifiers under his belt and it will be interesting to see whether or not that has any influence on the outcome. An intriguing battle between two former world champions, this has the hallmark of a game that could go right down to the wire.

However, O'Sullivan won the two frames he needed to triumph 107, with Trump claiming his opponent's standard of play throughout the match was the best he had ever encountered.[78] The pair also met in the final of the UK Championship in which Trump was 49 behind with a highest break of just 56. However, he won the 14th frame and then made back-to-back centuries and a break of 86 to only trail 89. Trump was thrashed 05 by Stephen Maguire in the third round of the Wuxi Classic, but responded a week later by claiming his fourth ranking title, and his first for 20 months, at the Australian Goldfields Open,[75] by defeating home favourite Neil Robertson 95 in the final.[76] He reached the final of the Paul Hunter Classic but lost 24 to Mark Allen.[77] He then suffered first and second round exits to Dominic Dale and Jamie Burnett respectively in the next two ranking events.[75] He advanced to the final of the Champion of Champions but fell 38 down to Ronnie O'Sullivan, before reducing his deficit to a single frame by taking four successive frames with the help of two centuries. He was 059 down in the next frame, but cleared the table with a 67 break to send the match into an unlikely decider; O'Sullivan then made a title-winning break after Trump had failed to escape from a snooker.

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After the match, Trump claimed that he had been "outplayed" and was "lucky" to have got through.[32] He then dispatched Stephen Maguire 63[33] and faced Neil Robertson in the semi-finals. On 11 December 2011, Trump won his second ranking event tournament, the 2011 UK Championship at the Barbican Centre in York. The semi-final match was a tight and nervy affair, with Trump stating afterwards that he believed Robertson was trying to stifle his natural game by "slowing it down" and "making things awkward", but nevertheless the Bristolian triumphed, 97 to reach his first UK final.[34] In the final he played Mark Allen and trailed 13 early on in the best-of-19-frames match. He defeated Dominic Dale 64 in the last 32, before winning the final two frames of the second round to edge out Ronnie O'Sullivan, 65. However, Trump then produced a match-defining run of seven straight frames to take an 83 lead.

Trump produced his best snooker in the quarter-finals of the World Championship as he knocked in four centuries during a 134 thrashing of Ding Junhui; he stated afterwards that if he could play to the same standard in the rest of the event he would secure his first world title.[85] After holding an early 21 lead over Stuart Bingham in the semi-finals, Trump could not hold onto his advantage and fell 1614 behind.

The deciding frame lasted 53 minutes with Trump winning it on the yellow to seal a 1312 victory.[60] He played against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals, but was unable to capitalise on the chances that came his way: though he potted a ball in 24 of the 28 frames played, he could only make four breaks above 50 in an 1117 defeat.[61] Trump said afterwards "It's probably the worst I've played all tournament. Trump said that he had prepared better than ever for the World Championship and beat Dominic Dale in the first round for the second year in a row, this time by 105.[58] At 87 ahead in the last 16 against Marco Fu, Trump raced away with five consecutive frames to triumph 137 and set up a quarter-final clash with Shaun Murphy.[59] Trump came from 38 down to level at 88 at the conclusion of the second session.

His first title of the season came at the Championship League by defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan 32 in the final.[92] Soon afterwards he won his fifth ranking title and first for almost two years by beating Ricky Walden 104 in the China Open final.[93] After trailing Liang Wenbo 37 in the first round of the World Championship, Trump tweeted that the drinks would be on him if he could turn it around.

He won a qualifying tournament to gain entry into the 2009 Masters as the only qualifier, but was defeated by Mark Allen in the first round. Trump's fortunes changed for the 2008/2009 season when he reached the venue stages of the first four events. Lee noted that Trump had not followed the custom of apologising for fluked shots during the match, and concluded "all I've heard about for the last five years is how good he is. He beat double world champion Mark Williams to qualify for the 2008 Bahrain Championship. He again failed to reach the main stage of the World Championship, losing 810 to Stephen Lee in the final qualifying round, having led 63. Today he blew a 63 lead and hopefully that will stick with him."[17] Trump ended the season in the Top 32 of the rankings for the first time. At the Grand Prix, he benefited from Graeme Dott's withdrawal before defeating Joe Perry 52 in the last 16, despite Perry feeling that he had outplayed Trump, who himself admitted to not having played well.[16] Then came the biggest win of his career so far, when he defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 54 to reach the semi-final, in which he was himself defeated 46 by John Higgins.

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Which Mark Selby is going to turn up? 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. Most of his strong showings have come in China and its against one of that nations highly fancied young stars who he faces first. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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. By beating Lyu Haotian in the preliminaries, Davis became the first player to reach the venue stages via the qualifiers ten times.

Two more semi-final appearances at the Players Championship and the Tour Championship, in March 2019, were followed by the biggest success of Trump's career so far, when he won the 2019 World Championship. He defeated Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 109 in the first round, having trailed 36 after the first session.[119] In the second round against Ding Junhui, he led 51 and trailed 79, then won six consecutive frames to clinch a 139 victory.[120] A comfortable 136 quarter-final win over Stephen Maguire took him to the semi-finals, where he beat Gary Wilson 1711 to secure his second appearance in a world final.