David Gilbert (@1.65) vs Joe Perry (@2.2)

Our Prediction:

David Gilbert will win

David Gilbert – Joe Perry Match Prediction | 25-08-2019 06:00

Jackpot does have a habit of collapsing in the major matches his Masters debut against Ding Junhui and his heavy UK Championship defeat to OSullivan being the main examples. Jack Lisowski will also be a Crucible seed for the first time. However, reaching the China Open, his second ranking final, will give him a lot of confidence. The main question to him would be if he is able to rise to the occasion. He has a tendency to crumble too quickly and, as shown against Trump in the Players Championship, can lose a big lead!

Three years is a while and that sort of inexperience could count against him. But he hasnt reached the World Championship since 2015, where he lost to Ding Junhui 10-7. Ive already pointed out that he has a very good record against The Wizard of Wishaw. Its good to see Dark Mavis again! He last won a match in 2013, which was against John Higgins at 10-6, followed by a 13-10 loss to Stuart Bingham.

One Thought to Joe Perry v David Gilbert Snooker Live 22-Apr Snooker World Championship

Thats what a lot of people are wondering as we get set for the 2019 World Snooker Championship. Zhao Xintong is arguably the most improved player of the season. 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. Which Mark Selby is going to turn up? 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. Selbys displays on home soil have predominantly been dismal, reaching the last four of a UK-based ranking event only twice in two years. 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.

He vowed to perform naked cartwheels if he repeats his stunning Betfred World Championship triumph. For the sake of our eyes, lets hope he doesnt win this time. If he does want to keep his promise, he has a tricky tie against a fellow SightRight player. We also remember him stark naked during the press conference afterwards. A lot of us have fond memories of Mark Williams being visibly emotional as he lifted his third World title last year.

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. Other qualifiers gained more headlines but one of the most impressive of the lot was Tian Pengfei. 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. 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.

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He will never lose that infamous temperament though. He hasnt won a ranking event since 2013, but he has been consistently better. Three semi-final appearances is not too shabby. Three years later, he is back in the Top 16 where he belongs. Its amazing how a snooker player can turn his form around. It sounded like he has a better mindset now and hungry for victories and silverware. After being knocked out of the first round as a seeded player for the fourth time running in 2016, Stephen Maguire felt embarrassed and flat. Maguire now has the hunger he desperately craves.

He was busy enjoying life by drinking plenty of beer and going on caravan holidays. Over the past few months, Williams said he will practice more regularly in the run-up to the World Championship. Since Williams won the World Open at the start of the season, he hasnt been on fantastic form. But losing in the first round of the Tour Championship and the China Open does not make pretty reading. Im sure those worries will melt away as soon as he will be reintroduced as the defending World Champion!

During the qualifiers, Matt Selt, who lost 10-4 to Zhao, said that it was scary playing against him! He reached the China Championship semi-finals and the Welsh Open quarter-finals. So the perfect challenge for Selby will be a wonder kid who is destined to stardom. Zhao Xintong is having a dream season since he returned to the professional tour for the second time. He is currently in the Top 64 and he still has an extra year on his tour card!

Mark Allen vs Zhou Yuelong

Kyren Wilson may have picked up two ranking events but this season, he lost the consistency that is usually the main part in his game. But the Crucible is becoming his fortress. Since winning the German Masters, he has slightly slipped and started to lose a number of early matches. After that performance, many touted him to be a future World Champion. Since 2016, he reached two quarter-finals and was beaten by John Higgins 17-13 in the semi-finals last year. If he needed a decent starter in the form of a debutant, he got his wish.

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

Considering the teenager wasnt a seeded player, he did very well to make his debut at all. He never missed a note against Marco Fu, Robbie Williams and Tom Ford. He has never met Murphy, but we hope their styles will turn into a symphony. Luo Honghao was the player I said was one of watch at the start of this season. The first WSF champion is very ORGANised in his approach and defeated many high-calibre opponents. Perhaps that is the key to his success. Luo looked unflappable when battling Ford!

But Trump is a much better player and Im sure will not take liberties against Un-Nooh. They are always 10-5 or closer, his twitchy opener against Chris Wakelin last year was a prime example. Trump has a great first-round record, despite his shock 2017 loss against Rory McLeod. Trump knows that this is a very good chance to win it. One thing that does concern me is that he never wins his matches easily.

Despite being 7-2 in his final qualifying match against Rob Milkins, he reeled off seven consecutive frames to win 10-8. Eight first-round losses in ranking competitions is dreadful for someone of his calibre. Maybe it is because he shaved his head? Anthony McGill is having a horror show of a season. In the past four appearances, he lost in the first round just once. I dont know. However, he has kept his enviable Crucible record intact.

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. 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. The latter has come a long way, though, since his desperate first round defeat to Rory McLeod in 2017. 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. 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. Trump, now a Masters champion, has matured immensely since then and is rightly considered to be one of the favourites for the title overall. The first couple of players out of the bag in Thursday mornings draw were Judd Trump and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.