Mark King (@2.87) vs Barry Hawkins (@1.4)

Our Prediction:

Barry Hawkins will win

Mark King – Barry Hawkins Match Prediction | 25-08-2019 06:00

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We have two surprise finalists in the form of Mark King and Barry Hawkins but one of them will win the title and walk away with a cool 100,000 prize which could make quite a difference to whoever wins it. A busy week of snooker in the Northern Ireland Open concludes on Sunday when the two-session final takes place in Belfast.

Framing the Game

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You have to give all the credit in the world to Mark King this week. It hasnt always been pretty and Im sure he would be the first to admit that but it certainly has been effective. While he hasnt faced what you would call a genuine top name yet he has beaten all of those in front of him with the minimum of fuss and that is all anyone can be expected to do.

Coincidentally, on both occasions Hawkins lost by very close 109 defeats, having recovered from 96 behind each time. In 2009 Hawkins missed out on a chance to take his match with former champion Graeme Dott to a deciding frame, and lost 108. The following year, Hawkins led defending champion John Higgins 53 before Higgins won seven of the next eight frames to progress. From 20062010, Hawkins's record at the World Championship was unsuccessful, with a winloss record of 05. As well as the aforementioned one-sided defeat by Doherty, Hawkins narrowly lost in the first round the following two years as well, to Fergal O'Brien and Ali Carter respectively.

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Anthony Hamilton came back from 42 and 53 down to send the match in to a deciding frame in which he feathered the white when well placed to hand Hawkins a chance for the match which he took.[66] Hawkins was 51 ahead of Mark King in the final, before King won five frames in a row. Hawkins won a re-spotted black to make it 88 and then lost the deciding frame.[67] In the second round of the UK Championship, Fergal O'Brien became the first player to make five centuries in a best-of-11 frame match as he edged out Hawkins 65.[68] Hawkins had a good run at the Masters, needing only one frame to reach the final for a second consecutive time. He had a 52 advantage in his semi-final match against Joe Perry, before Perry secured the snooker he needed to reduce the lead to 53. After not getting past the third round in the early part of the 2016/2017 season, Hawkins reached the semi-finals of the English Open, where he lost 62 to Judd Trump.[65] The next Home Nations event was the Northern Ireland Open and Hawkins again won through to the semi-finals.

Despite then losing in the first round of the Shanghai Masters and in qualifying for the International Championship, Hawkins climbed into the top 16 in November meaning he would be in the main draw in the Masters for the first time since 2007.[17][21]Neil Robertson beat him 62 in the UK Championship and in the Masters he was 54 up against Judd Trump but missed two pots when well placed to win the match and instead went to lose 56, a result which left Hawkins "devastated".[22] He bounced back at the next ranking event, the German Masters, by seeing off Dechawat Poomjaeng 52, Mark Allen 51 and Mark Selby 51 to reach the semi-finals.[17] He lost 46 to Marco Fu in a long match which finished after midnight local time and included a bout of safety which lasted almost an hour.[23] Hawkins failed to get past the second round in the World Open, China Open or Welsh Open.[17] He played in eight of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events with his best result being a semi-final defeat by Joe Swail in the first European Tour Event.

Im not expecting a classic here. In fact Im going to take his opponent in this match. Mark King might not win but we saw everything we needed to see on Saturday night to know that he is going to get the chance to stay close to Hawkins and who knows King might fall over the line. There is too much at stake for both of them for that but I expect King to be competitive and make it to seven frames if not the full nine.

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A first-round defeat by Fergal O'Brien at the World Championship[7] cost him his Top 16 place, and left him outside the Top 32 on the single-year rankings. He reached the final of the non-ranking Kilkenny Irish Masters,[6] however his only run past the last 16 in a ranking event was at the China Open, when he reached the semi-finals, again beating Ding along the way. He had one foot in his first final against Jamie Cope in the semi final, but Cope was able to obtain the snookers he needed to stay in the match and went on to win 65. The 2006/2007 season saw Hawkins disappointed following two strong seasons.

He finished 22nd on the Order of Merit, inside the top 24 who qualified.[10] In the Finals he lost in the first round 34 to Jack Lisowski.[11] Hawkins won the non-ranking Snooker Shoot-Out, a tournament where the winner of each round is determined by a single 10-minute frame. Hawkins reached the PTC Finals in the 2011/2012 season largely thanks to semi-final runs in Event 3 and Event 5.

He has won titles before which is a positive but hell need to handle the expectation better here. Hawkins lost five frames in the semi-final which is more than he had lost in the entire tournament combined up until then so he might just be feeling the weight of expectation at being the favourite to win the tournament from here.

Barry Hawkins

Hawkins played in all eight European Tour events during the season with his best result being a semi-final defeat at the Bulgarian Open, which helped him finish 25th on the Order of Merit and claim the final spot for the Finals.[39] There he whitewashed Stephen Maguire 40 in the first round and then saw off Ryan Day 43 in an extremely tight match.[40] Comfortable 41 victories over Yu Delu and Judd Trump followed as he reached the final.[41] He faced an unlikely opponent in world number 66 and practice partner Gerard Greene.

Hawkins took two months off at the beginning of the season and stated that he would be more selective with the events he enters in order to remain fresh for the entire year.[56] He returned for the minor-ranking Riga Open and won it by defeating Tom Ford 41 in the final.