Ronnie O'Sullivan (@1.22) vs Kyren Wilson (@4.0)

Our Prediction:

Ronnie O'Sullivan will win

Ronnie O'Sullivan – Kyren Wilson Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 02:00

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. 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. Along with the experienced Perry and Dott, Carter is probably the player most of the seeds wanted to avoid. Whether hes been suitably tested or not could be an interesting factor. 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.

That youthful exuberance could stand the rookie in good stead and Murphy isnt a stranger to disappointing defeats to young Chinese players, with Yan Bingtao, Zhao Xintong, and Yuan Sijun all notably taking the scalp of the 2005 world champion as inexperienced challengers in the past. Probably the most damning statistic is that, on the one-year rankings list, Murphy squeaks just inside the top 50 at number 48. Murphy won the Champion of Champions and reached several ranking event finals last season but since relocating to Ireland in the summer his game has been in tatters. Luo Honghao, meanwhile, is another one of the Chinese debutants and at 19 is the only teenager in the field. The Magician has lost all of his tricks and has been a constant loser in the early rounds of ranking events this season. What has happened to Shaun Murphy? Murphy is on a bit of a hiding to nothing in this one and he could find himself in trouble if he cant stamp his authority on the contest quickly.

Career finals[edit]

If put under pressure by Mark Selby, will Judd Trump be able to keep the discipline he showed against Kyren Wilson. If not, we could just as well have a one-sided affair, either way. Surely the tie of the round. If the answer to those two questions is yes, then we are in for a tremendous match that can only go very, very close. To me the key questions for this match are these: will Mark Selby be able to play at the level he did yesterday?

In World Championship qualifying, Wilson beat Chris Norbury 106 and then produced a pair of superb performances to see off experienced campaigners Alfie Burden and Rod Lawler both by 103 scorelines to stand just one win away from reaching the Crucible for the first time.[10] He faced the 2006 winner of the event Graeme Dott and came back from 41 down to trail only 54 at the end of the first session.

In the decider Wilson missed a tough opening red and Robertson responded with a match winning 86.[20] After losing in the semi-finals of the Shoot-Out, Wilson had his best finish of the year in a ranking event as he dropped just one frame in beating Alan McManus and Ben Woollaston at the Indian Open. Wilson failed to qualify for the first three ranking events of the 2014/2015 season, before beating Ross Muir to play in the first round of the International Championship where he lost 62 to Sam Baird.[18] After edging Gary Wilson 65 in the first round of the UK Championship, Wilson stated that his concentration had been fading in matches this season and would have to raise his game significantly against defending champion Neil Robertson.[19] He did exactly that as he made an 87 break to lead 54 and had a chance to win in the next frame courtesy of a fluked red, but lost position on the final brown allowing Robertson to level.

Mark Selby vs Zhao Xintong

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. 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. 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? 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. 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. A lot depends on which Selby actually turns up. Most of his strong showings have come in China and its against one of that nations highly fancied young stars who he faces first. Selbys displays on home soil have predominantly been dismal, reaching the last four of a UK-based ranking event only twice in two years.

As he had dropped off the snooker tour Wilson was considered an amateur player and could not enter qualifying for any of the ranking events.

Ive lost the last few times against him and this is one I was really up for. Neither of us want to lose to the other because of the rivalry, said 2011 UK Champion Trump. It was a good atmosphere. I love coming here, I love the atmosphere and it normally brings out the best in me. I practised hard over Christmas and this was one I wasnt going to lose. Its nice to win. When you get rivalries like that and youve got a bit of competition in the audience as well, some calling out and stuff its all good fun.

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Wilson had good qualifying results in the two biggest ranking events on the snooker calendar.