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

Murphy is on a bit of a hiding to nothing in this one and he could find himself in trouble if he cant stamp his authority on the contest quickly. The Magician has lost all of his tricks and has been a constant loser in the early rounds of ranking events this season. Probably the most damning statistic is that, on the one-year rankings list, Murphy squeaks just inside the top 50 at number 48. Luo Honghao, meanwhile, is another one of the Chinese debutants and at 19 is the only teenager in the field. What has happened to Shaun Murphy? That youthful exuberance could stand the rookie in good stead and Murphy isnt a stranger to disappointing defeats to young Chinese players, with Yan Bingtao, Zhao Xintong, and Yuan Sijun all notably taking the scalp of the 2005 world champion as inexperienced challengers in the past. Murphy won the Champion of Champions and reached several ranking event finals last season but since relocating to Ireland in the summer his game has been in tatters.

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. Even so, Stuart Bingham would have to be considered as the favourite, especially taking into account his wonderful form this season. In 2015, of course, Bingham proceeded to win the championship. An intriguing battle between two former world champions, this has the hallmark of a game that could go right down to the wire. 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. 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.

No stranger to 147s after potting the 147th during a Championship League match in January, Gilbert was forced to cross-double the final red and ran out of position on the black. Gilbert showed early nerves as he slipped two frames behind but staged a sparkling recovery including potting 15 reds and 14 blacks to raise hopes of clinching the 50,000 jackpot for a maximum.

World Snooker Championship: David Gilbert and Gary Wilson in contention

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We all saw how upset he was in the moments after losing to Higgins in Sheffield but Im sure hes since reflected on how well he played there and how well he stood up to the sustained pressure of the World Championship. He goes into this season as a real dangerman and hopefully with a bit more belief if he gets to another final. David Gilbert David is not so much knocking on the door of winning a big title as threatening to remove it from its hinges.

It was a real battle against Ryan Day to get to Riga, then he won a high quality match against Noppon Saengkham in the International Championship. Louis Heathcote He has already impressed in the qualifiers by coming through two very different matches. Some good amateurs struggle to make the transition, but hes off to a flying start and looks set for a very strong first season.

An incredible first round draw has paired the Rocket with James Cahill, who was the headline story of the qualifiers when he beat Michael Judge to become the first amateur to reach the Crucible in the tournaments 42-year history. Cahill, still only 23 and an exciting prospect for the future, will be looking to enjoy his moment against the sports biggest star. Which brings us to the last match. Its not easy to see how he can change that statistic given the new world number ones pedigree and form. The Englishman hasnt challenged at the Crucible since 2014, though, and is often his own worst enemy as he struggles to deal with the inner demons that can affect his game, especially when the format increases over multiple sessions. Its what dreams are made of and aspirations dont come much loftier than a 2019 World Snooker Championship encounter with OSullivan. OSullivan has been practically unstoppable this season, reaching the title decider in seven out of the ten tournaments hes participated in, with only Trump managing to evade him in big finals. Ronnie OSullivan once again heads into the World Championship as the pre-tournament favourite, as he so often does. Cahill, a former professional who will regain his tour card next season, has actually played the five-time world champion three times but unsurprisingly has fallen short on each occasion. But greater challengers surely await OSullivan in 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.

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.

If Judd Trump can defy the Crucible Curse then surely his points tally would be vastly superior to anyone else, almost irrespective of what the others win in the build up to Sheffield. Judd Trump Difficult one this as whoever wins the world title (500k first prize) has a strong chance ending up at the top of the world rankings.

Its been a dire campaign for the duo and they have rarely featured at the business end of events. Ding has long held the weight of a nation on his shoulders but his quest for the ultimate title has so far eluded him and its difficult to envisage that changing in 2019. A repeat of their second round clash twelve months ago when Ding Junhui thrashed Anthony McGill 13-4, the pair cross paths again in Sheffield. Ding knows all too well how momentum can develop after reaching the final in 2016 on the back of emerging from the preliminary stages. Both Ding and McGill will be looking to lock the memories of this season up and throw away the key, unless they can conjure up something special in the next fortnight or so. Few were probably expecting the Scot to advance from the qualifiers but a remarkable turnaround from 7-2 behind against Robert Milkins on Judgement Day proved the doubters wrong. This has the makings of a scrappy contest and its hard to see either of them producing the necessary goods this year to challenge the main contenders. In the Chinese number ones favour at least is a head-to-head record against McGill that reads four and zero.

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Judd Trump He starts with the advantage of 500,000 ranking points from the World Championship alone. Some people may have forgotten hes already been world no.1 but I think if he got there again it would feel more significant and potentially more permanent. Ronnie OSullivan is the perpetual unknown quantity we dont yet know which tournaments he will be competing in, and he really needs to get into the Coral series to defend his lead in the rankings. So if Trump is consistent and maintains a reasonably full schedule he can take over at the top.

Now 38, Maguire often acts like a player who doesnt really have much belief in his game. Things havent quite worked out that way for the Scot despite once claiming that it would be a failure if he didnt etch his name on the trophy before the age of 30. To seal his debut at the Crucible, the 31 year-old overcame Soheil Vahedi before standout successes over world number 17 Ryan Day and two-time former finalist Matthew Stevens. That said, the five-time ranking event winner has produced a relatively consistent season and will be hoping to improve on a dismal recent Crucible record that reads six first round defeats in the last eight years. Other qualifiers gained more headlines but one of the most impressive of the lot was Tian Pengfei. Tians next opponent will be Stephen Maguire, who was once thought of as a nailed on world champion.