Daniel Wells (@1.4) vs Nigel Bond (@2.87)
03-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Daniel Wells will win

Daniel Wells – Nigel Bond Match Prediction | 03-10-2019 14:00

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

While Donaldson cemented his place in the Top 64, Lu is still outside it, but he has another year on his card to get there. Most importantly, this match means that there will definitely be a debutant in this years World Championships. After Anthony McGill, there havent been many Scots coming through recently. I would like to see Scott win here because he seemed unfazed by big occasions. He needs to receive that baton. Two young players who have grafted their way as a professional snooker player for many years. Both players beat good opponents in Mark King and Ken Doherty.

Head-to-Head: Nigel Bond Vs Daniel Wells

Another first qualifying round defeat in the China Open meant that Wells was again in danger of losing his place on the tour. In his home championship, the Welsh Open, Wells narrowly lost in the first qualifying round to James Wattana 45. This meant that he fell off the tour. Wells failed to repeat his exploits of the previous season in the World Championship as he lost 710 to former world No. In the UK Championship, he narrowly lost 89 to fellow Welshman Michael White. 12 David Gray in the first qualifying round. Wells started the new season with a win over fellow Welshman Ian Preece 53 in the Shanghai Masters before losing to Joe Delaney in the next round by the same scoreline.

We are already set to make history. Now that Judgement Day has come upon us, it seems we have a cosmopolitan set of fixtures. An amateur will qualify for the World Championships for the first time. If there is anything that any sport loves for the papers to lap up, its history-making! There are nine Chinese players, a Thai, an Irish, a Norwegian, a Cypriot, an Israeli and the usual posse of some English, Irish and Welsh players.

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. 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.

They have beaten each other once, but a BO19 match is a different kettle of fish. This is a good match-up. Mark Davis will be wary and will have endless patience after beating Rod Lawler and Fergal OBrien. But Lyu is on fire and on fantastic break-building for so hes my man here. 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. Both had very successful seasons but Lyu Haotian has done so well he broke into the Top 32!

Tournament format[edit]

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. The closest tie yet, both players are in cracking form. Both players had rather comfortable routes to Judgement Day. I expect Wilson to pull through and stall Liang. Liang is just too inconsistent to pull through I think.

The final was played as a best-of-19-frames match held over two sessions on 11 August 2019, refereed by Lyu Xilin.[26] Trump won the first five frames of the match making a century break in frame three.

I honestly dont know who would win here. James Cahill is racking up the centuries and is playing to a standard that made us wonder why he didnt perform like that when he was a professional between 2013-2017. Considering he was thinking of quitting a while back, this is quite a turnaround. Purely on scoring power, I will go for Cahill. Michael Judge made three appearances at the World Snooker Championships, the most recent being 2008. Considering he was told on Monday he would be replacing Zhang Jiankang due to visa issues, he is certainly making the most of it! He came through two deciders himself.

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

Century breaks[edit]

Both had fairly unspectacular seasons, though Wells did reach the Scottish Open semi-finals before being edged out 6-5 by Mark Allen. Gould is another staple of the Crucible and to be honest, Im feeling bold. Wells is scoring seriously good. While Gould had the juggernaut of Mustafa Dorgham (oh dear) and Gerard Greene, Wells had a trickier route. This is a match between two SightRight players. He really shifted another gear and hit consecutive breaks of 107, 83, 113, 100 and 65 to win 10-6. After defeating compatriot Jamie Clarke 10-5, he was 6-5 down to Iranian Hossein Vafaei.

In winning the event, Trump returned to the world number one position, that he had last held in 2013. Northern Irish cueist Mark Allen was the defending champion, after defeating Australian Neil Robertson in the previous year's final. Allen, however, lost 96 to England's Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals. Reigning world champion Judd Trump won the event and his 12th ranking championship with a 103 win over Murphy in the final.