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

He won his fourth ranking title at the Australian Goldfields Open in July 2014, defeating Neil Robertson 95 in the final. He has accrued three Championship League titles (2009, 2014, 2016) as well as a second win at the China Open in April 2016. He achieved two consecutive wins at the European Masters; in October 2016, he defeated O'Sullivan 98 to claim the title, which he successfully defended the following season by defeating Stuart Bingham 97. He won the inaugural 2015 World Grand Prix with a 107 final victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan. In November 2012, Trump won the inaugural International Championship and in doing so he became world number one,[8] a position he held for five weeks; he reclaimed the top spot on 18 February 2013.

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.

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.

Career finals

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.

The Belgian endured a terrible time after that breakthrough success but this months semi-final appearance in the China Open has provided a signal of a return to form. When on his game, Brecel is a dangerous threat to anyone and its easy to forget that hes still only 24. Still, theres an opportunity for both of these players to reach the second round at the Crucible for the first time in their careers. Making his fourth bow at the Crucible, Brecel will be hoping that the obstacle of Wilson can lead to a stepping stone to greater glories in the event. In a first round draw that is full of eye-catching ties, this one is possibly not one that especially stands outs. Luca Brecel relied heavily on his China Championship victory from last season to remain inside the top 16 and gain one of the crucial automatic berths. The last time Gary Wilson qualified he played Ronnie OSullivan so hell be thankful that he has been granted with a more realistic path into the last 16.

Hawkins missed a match-ball yellow in their quarter-final clash at the Welsh Open, and Trump cleared the colours to win the match 54.

In the Chinese number ones favour at least is a head-to-head record against McGill that reads four and zero. Its been a dire campaign for the duo and they have rarely featured at the business end of events. A repeat of their second round clash twelve months ago when Ding Junhui thrashed Anthony McGill 13-4, the pair cross paths again in Sheffield. This has the makings of a scrappy contest and its hard to see either of them producing the necessary goods this year to challenge the main contenders. Ding has long held the weight of a nation on his shoulders but his quest for the ultimate title has so far eluded him and its difficult to envisage that changing in 2019. Few were probably expecting the Scot to advance from the qualifiers but a remarkable turnaround from 7-2 behind against Robert Milkins on Judgement Day proved the doubters wrong. Ding knows all too well how momentum can develop after reaching the final in 2016 on the back of emerging from the preliminary stages. Both Ding and McGill will be looking to lock the memories of this season up and throw away the key, unless they can conjure up something special in the next fortnight or so.

Framing the Game

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.

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.

Wilson also had leads of 84 and 97, before Trump sent the match into a deciding frame which Wilson won.[88] Trump scored 278 points to nil in taking the first three frames of his third round UK Championship match with Liang Wenbo, but went on to lose 46. In the defence of his Australian Goldfields Open title, Trump was knocked out in the quarter-finals 15 by Stephen Maguire.[87] He reached the final of the Shanghai Masters, but a slow start from Trump saw him trail world number 54 Kyren Wilson 36 after the first session. Trump branded the collapse an embarrassment and said it was the worst he had felt as a professional.[89] In the new year, Trump and Neil Robertson set a record of six centuries in a best-of-11-frame match (four from Trump and two from Robertson).