Daniel Wells (@1.4) vs Nigel Bond (@2.88)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Daniel Wells will win

Daniel Wells – Nigel Bond Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 14:00

I expect a very close match but for Luo Honghao to make his Crucible debut. It was even more impressive to beat Williams 10-8, considering he was 3-7 down. He came through a banana to beat the highly-rated Sam Craigie. I had a slight niggle that Luo Honghao was going to beat Marco Fu. The rookie did it in such style. Next for him is Tom Ford, who made three Crucible appearances in his career. Ford beat Luo in the 2018 China Open, but that was when the Chinaman was an amateur.

I would back Stevens due to all-round game and experience. In the second round, he got past a tricky tie against Chris Wakelin 10-7. I knew Tian Pengfei will throw the spanner into any works. Matthew Stevens qualified twice in the past four years and this is his favoured format. Like when he emphatically beat top seed Ryan Day 10-3. He is an enigma who performs better against top opponents and falls against players as low as his ranking.

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Wells began using a new cue at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season and it proved to be his most successful year to date. Wells was 31 ahead, but would be defeated 64.[24] He advanced to the third round of both the Scottish Open and Gibraltar Open, losing 43 to Yu Delu and 40 to Nigel Bond respectively. After being 20 down to Ali Carter he moved 42 ahead, before missing chances to play in the quarter-finals and was defeated 54.[22] Wells qualified for the International Championship by overcoming Mark Allen 65 and eliminated Stuart Carrington 62 in the first round, but then lost 65 to Michael Holt having been 53 up.[23]A 65 win over Ian Burns at the UK Championship saw Wells face world number one Mark Selby in the second round. He qualified for the World Open by thrashing Tian Pengfei 50 and then beat Xu Si 53, before recording another 50 whitewash this time over Kyren Wilson to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time.

Yan Bingtao has fallen down in the estimations of a number of fans, also failing to build on reaching the final of the Northern Ireland Open. Georgiou hasnt built on the success of winning the 2018 Snooker Shoot-Out and it has been mediocre. Heres an interview I did with him here. But this is a chance to be the first Cypriot at the Crucible! This is the perfect opportunity for Yan to show that hes back and I can see him winning comfortably. There was a fair amount of head-scratching when Michael Georgiou defeated Peter Ebdon, a result I didnt see coming.

In his 4 qualifying matches, he played the maximum 76 frames. However, at the World Championship, Wells needed a good run of results to ensure his place on the tour for the following season. His ranking rose to No. 70 as a result of his exploits that season. A sequence of 109 wins over Li Hang, Ian Preece and Marcus Campbell took him to the final qualifying round where he lost 910 to Barry Hawkins in the final qualifying match.

Daniel Wells (snooker player)

Neither player has faced each other in a match larger than a BO7 and the longer format fits them both. Both players reached the second round of the World Championship last year, but unfortunately this time, one of these fine players has to go. This is a proper clash of the titans. However, I will go with Milkins based on form alone. Both have very good Crucible records, especially Anthony McGill, who was present every year since 2015.

Wells reached the semifinal of a ranking tournament for the first time at the 2018 Scottish Open, and despite leading 40, and 52 over Mark Allen he lost 65. He advanced to the quarter-final of the Paul Hunter Classic losing 43 to Kyren Wilson. He advanced to the four round of both the English Open, Shoot-Out and Gibraltar Open, losing 43 to Ali Carter, 10 to Rod Lawler and 43 to David Gilbert respectively[27].

Woollaston is gaining form at the right time. Li isnt a heavy scorer but is always hanging by someones coattails. I can see this going to a decider but, to be honest, this could go either way. He was put through the ringer against Ian Burns and finished last before winning 10-8. After reaching the China Open quarter-finals, he beat Elliot Slessor and Nigel Bond to reach the qualifying round. Li Hang is currently the highest ranked player to never qualify for the World Championship at the moment and this is his best chance.

Pronostics Coteur pour Wells, Daniel Bond, Nigel

Both players had rather comfortable routes to Judgement Day. The closest tie yet, both players are in cracking form. While Gary Wilson got past Lam and Dale with flattering scorelines, Liang Wenbo scored four centuries against Basem Eltahhan and amateur David Grace, Liang has won the last three meetings against Wilson, but may have nightmare over being whitewashed by Jamie Jones last year. Liang is just too inconsistent to pull through I think. I expect Wilson to pull through and stall Liang.

However, Martin ODonnell is having the season of his life, who reached three quarter-finals this season, including the UK Championship. Finally, we have the final Judgement Day match! It should be a close when, but it would be a surprise if Martin will beat someone of Perrys calibre at this stage. Two 10-1 wins against Simon Lichtenberg and Zhang Yong is brilliant. He couldnt have had a easier route to Judgement Day if he tried. Joe Perry is someone who always has a place reserved at the Crucible.

Wells played in his first International Championship by beating Rory McLeod 61 and advanced through a wildcard round in China, before losing 64 to Lee Walker in the first round.[19] He won three matches to reach the last 16 of the Bulgarian Open where he was eliminated 40 by Mike Dunn. He would finish 39th on the European Order of Merit.[20] Wells saw off Rod Lawler 64 at the UK Championship, despite abandoning his car due to traffic and running to the venue before the match.[21] He lost 63 to Ali Carter in the second round.

Career finals[edit]

This is a good match-up. He reached the Crucible last season and won his opening tie and will be against a very experienced player who knows how to qualify from there. Mark Davis will be wary and will have endless patience after beating Rod Lawler and Fergal OBrien. Both had very successful seasons but Lyu Haotian has done so well he broke into the Top 32! But Lyu is on fire and on fantastic break-building for so hes my man here. They have beaten each other once, but a BO19 match is a different kettle of fish.