Mark Allen (@2.87) vs Judd Trump (@1.4)
12-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Judd Trump will win

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

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.

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. Tians next opponent will be Stephen Maguire, who was once thought of as a nailed on world champion. Now 38, Maguire often acts like a player who doesnt really have much belief in his game. 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.

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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 28 year-old is one of six Chinese in the draw, four of whom are set to make their debuts on the famous stage. 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. 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. Li has risen into the top 32 in the world rankings this season and is undoubtedly a dangerous player. 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.

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. 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. Luo Honghao, meanwhile, is another one of the Chinese debutants and at 19 is the only teenager in the field. 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. 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.

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.

At the start of the season Trump was ranked third in the world rankings.

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The latter has come a long way, though, since his desperate first round defeat to Rory McLeod in 2017. The first couple of players out of the bag in Thursday mornings draw were Judd Trump and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. Two of the most enjoyable players to watch on the entire circuit when in full flow, this could really be a barnstorming battle between a pair of heavy scorers. Trump, now a Masters champion, has matured immensely since then and is rightly considered to be one of the favourites for the title overall. Un-Nooh, the quickest player on the tour, is capable of running off frames in quick succession and one suspects that the 34 year-old will need that kind of fire power in order to match Trump. Un-Nooh gave John Higgins a decent run on his debut in 2018 and Trump can probably expect a similarly tough test next week as the Thai returns for a second crack at the Crucible. As you can see, the bottom section is littered with thrilling looking ties and this one is no different. A possible crucial quarter-final with OSullivan awaits but first Trump will have to take the necessary precautions to overcome a skillful opponent in Un-Nooh.

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.

Trump thrashed John Higgins 40 in the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Masters and then overcame Mark Selby 62 to play Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final.

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.

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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. Gilbert has been the better player overall this season, highlighted by his runs to the finals of both the World Open and German Masters. From ten prior encounters with one another, Perry possesses the advantage with six wins to his name. 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. But Perry is more familiar with the Crucible surroundings and, even as the qualifier, is arguably the marginal favourite for this one. The Englishman probably would have been hoping that achievement resulted in an easier opening path but it hasnt really transpired in that fashion.

Still, this affair is practically a flip of a coin. 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. Along with the experienced Perry and Dott, Carter is probably the player most of the seeds wanted to avoid. 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. 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. 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. Whether hes been suitably tested or not could be an interesting factor.

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.