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

Wells lost in the qualifying rounds of the first five ranking events in the 2013/2014 season, but received automatic entry into the UK Championship as all 128 players began the tournament in the first round.

This is a very interesting match. Un-Nooh made little work of Johnathan Bagley and Mark Joyce and will want to make make the most of this opportunity. While he is fantastically calm, he has a lot on his hands. Joe OConnor was relatively anonymous in the first half of the season but is daring greatly here. Reaching the semi-finals in the Welsh Open, beating John Higgins for the second time in the China Open and reaching the final qualifying round by defeating European Masters champion Jimmy Robertson 10-9.

Snooker International Championship 2019Round prediction

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Both Judge and Cahill swept aside seeds Peter Lines, Andrew Higginson, Xiao Guodong and Michael Holt. An amateur will definitely make it to the Crucible for the first time in its history. A lot of people say this is fantastic for the game for the true underdog story while little say that the amateurs say little in the first place. You didnt predict this would happen. Stop lying to yourself. What we dont know yet is which one.