Mark Allen (@2.87) vs Judd Trump (@1.4)

Our Prediction:

Judd Trump will win

Mark Allen – Judd Trump Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 01:00

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.

After the match Trump reiterated that titles take precedence over world ranking: I take no consolation tonight from getting back to world number one.

Only Ronnie OSullivan has managed to stop the Melbourne man in his tracks of late and, with the pair in opposite sides of the 2019 draw, there could be a mouthwatering rematch of their Players Championship and Tour Championship final showdowns of last month. Robertson has never really threatened to add to his 2010 Crucible crown but looks to be in the best form of his life heading into this edition. Michael Georgiou represents Robertsons initial test, the latter proudly becoming the first Cypriot to ever qualify. The former Snooker Shoot Out champion has done well to reach this stage but one suspects that hell find himself out of his depth against Robertson, particularly if the 16-time ranking event winner maintains his current hot streak. Neil Robertson is the man in form after a run of four consecutive ranking event finals culminated in the Australian triumphing in the lucrative China Open at the start of April.

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.


With a taste of the single table set-up, the Kettering cueist will be desperate to make a return. The Paul Hunter Classic and German Masters champion reached the last four twelve months ago and was eventually undone by John Higgins but, like the four-time world champion, Wilson boasts a suitable temperament for the big occasion. The Scot has gone under the radar a touch but has actually been one of the most improved players on the circuit of late. His debut berth in the World Championship shouldnt come as any great surprise then, but its difficult to envisage him going any further. Scott Donaldson was the last player to emerge from the 2019 World Snooker Championship qualifiers late on Wednesday night after a dramatic 10-9 victory over Lu Ning. With two semi-final and a couple of quarter-final appearances in ranking events this season, Donaldson is beginning to become more recognisable at the business end of comps. Kyren Wilson could be a dark horse for this years tournament as hes got all the necessary tools to do well in the 17-day Marathon of the Mind.

He came back from 13 down to beat Dominic Dale 43 in the first round, after which he asserted that "players are changing their game to play slower against me. Despite leading 30 and 52, Trump lost the last four frames of the match to suffer a major shock exit against the world number 50.[49] The disappointment was compounded when Mark Selby went on to win the title, reclaiming the top ranking in the process.[50] Trump was defeated 16 by Graeme Dott at the Masters and 45 by Anthony Hamilton in the first round of the German Masters.[43] He regained his form and the world number one ranking at the Welsh Open. Trump met John Higgins in back to back Players Tour Championship finals, losing the first 24, but gained revenge in the second, the Bulgarian Open by whitewashing him 40.[43] Trump reached the final of the Premier League having beating Neil Robertson in the semi-finals, but lost 27 to Stuart Bingham.[48] In the defence of his 2011 UK Championship title, Trump played Mark Joyce in the first round. Dominic was too slow for himself and it caught him out towards the end".[51] More comfortable victories ensued over Andrew Higginson and Pankaj Advani to set up a semi-final meeting with Stephen Maguire.[43] Trump initially raced into a 20 lead only to lose five frames in succession to the rejuvenated Maguire.

Trump thrashed John Higgins 40 in the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Masters and then overcame Mark Selby 62 to play Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final.

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. What has happened to Shaun Murphy? 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. 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. Probably the most damning statistic is that, on the one-year rankings list, Murphy squeaks just inside the top 50 at number 48. 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.

His first title of the season came at the Championship League by defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan 32 in the final.[92] Soon afterwards he won his fifth ranking title and first for almost two years by beating Ricky Walden 104 in the China Open final.[93] After trailing Liang Wenbo 37 in the first round of the World Championship, Trump tweeted that the drinks would be on him if he could turn it around.

Framing the Game

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).