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

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

Trump continued his fine form by reaching the semi-finals of the Masters in January.

Trump went into the 2017 World Snooker Championship proclaiming "I honestly believe I can play to a standard which is very rare nowadays," and that he was "the best" in the world.[108] He won the first four frames in his opening match, before Rory McLeod responded to lead 54.

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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.

The deciding frame lasted 53 minutes with Trump winning it on the yellow to seal a 1312 victory.[60] He played against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals, but was unable to capitalise on the chances that came his way: though he potted a ball in 24 of the 28 frames played, he could only make four breaks above 50 in an 1117 defeat.[61] Trump said afterwards "It's probably the worst I've played all tournament. Trump said that he had prepared better than ever for the World Championship and beat Dominic Dale in the first round for the second year in a row, this time by 105.[58] At 87 ahead in the last 16 against Marco Fu, Trump raced away with five consecutive frames to triumph 137 and set up a quarter-final clash with Shaun Murphy.[59] Trump came from 38 down to level at 88 at the conclusion of the second session.

His defence of the European Masters ended with a surprise 24 defeat against Tian Pengfei in the second round.[114] He won his first ranking title of the season at the Northern Ireland Open, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 97 in the final.[115] At the UK Championship, he suffered a 46 fourth round loss to Joe Perry. Trump began the 2018/2019 season fifth in the world rankings. He then reached the semi-final of the Scottish Open, but was defeated 36 by Shaun Murphy.[116] In January, Trump won his first Masters title, beating Kyren Wilson, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson en route to the final, where his opponent was Ronnie O'Sullivan.

To some critics out there, the Chinese players are often unfairly being labeled as failures and underachievers, which is somewhat hilarious considering the majority of them are either teenagers or in their early twenties. The Northern Irishman has been one of the players of the season, although things have gone a touch quiet since he captured a brace of ranking titles and reached the UK Championship final at the end of the calendar year. Allen skipped the China Open, an unusual decision that cost him his spot in an easier looking top half of the draw. Zhou is one of the leading protagonists in the huge pack of young Chinese stars that are emerging. Another mouthwatering prospect in this bracket of the 2019 World Snooker Championship draw is the match between Mark Allen and Zhou Yuelong. The 2009 semi-finalist will be hoping that the advantage to all that will be a fresh outlook ahead of the sports most vigurous examination. Still, while Zhou should represent a decent workout for Allen, its hard to look past the 33 year-old in terms of reaching the last 16 on this occasion.

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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.

Two more semi-final appearances at the Players Championship and the Tour Championship, in March 2019, were followed by the biggest success of Trump's career so far, when he won the 2019 World Championship. He defeated Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 109 in the first round, having trailed 36 after the first session.[119] In the second round against Ding Junhui, he led 51 and trailed 79, then won six consecutive frames to clinch a 139 victory.[120] A comfortable 136 quarter-final win over Stephen Maguire took him to the semi-finals, where he beat Gary Wilson 1711 to secure his second appearance in a world final.

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.