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

At the start of the season Trump was ranked third in the world rankings.

A former ranking event winner, Gould has the type of game that can trouble any opponent on his day. Williams has lost the consistency that was a cornerstone of his game last season. Against Martin Gould, Williams probably could have received an easier opening challenge. As always, theres great expectation in learning who the defending champion will receive in the first round draw. The Welshman has been enjoying a year-long celebration since then and its fair to say that his game has suffered a touch as a result. Gould famously led Neil Robertson 11-5 in the second round in 2010, only for the Australian to fight back and proceed to capture his one and only world title. Goulds performances at the Crucible havent been notable since and the experience, not to mention cool head, of Williams should prove to be the vital difference. Mark Williams produced an unbelievable performance twelve months ago to surprise the pack and claim a third world crown, 15 years after his last success. Yet, its been a miserable time on the circuit for the Pinner Potter of late and he has been in danger of dropping outside the worlds top 32.

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.

LIVEMark Allen - Judd TrumpShanghai Masters - 12 September 2019

Trump produced his best snooker in the quarter-finals of the World Championship as he knocked in four centuries during a 134 thrashing of Ding Junhui; he stated afterwards that if he could play to the same standard in the rest of the event he would secure his first world title.[85] After holding an early 21 lead over Stuart Bingham in the semi-finals, Trump could not hold onto his advantage and fell 1614 behind.

The two players scored eleven centuries between them, a record for a professional match. His opponent was John Higgins, in a re-run of the 2011 final. Trailing 45 in the early stages, Trump dominated the second session, winning eight consecutive frames to lead 125 overnight, a display which Steve Davis described as the "controlled annihilation of a great player".[121] Trump led 169 going into the final session, and won the opening two frames of the evening to seal an 189 win, and with it his first world title. Trump's seven centuries in the final equalled Ding Junhui's record for the most by one player in a single match.[122] Winning the world title also made Trump the eleventh player to complete snooker's Triple Crown.

The latter has come a long way, though, since his desperate first round defeat to Rory McLeod in 2017. The first couple of players out of the bag in Thursday mornings draw were Judd Trump and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. Two of the most enjoyable players to watch on the entire circuit when in full flow, this could really be a barnstorming battle between a pair of heavy scorers. Trump, now a Masters champion, has matured immensely since then and is rightly considered to be one of the favourites for the title overall. Un-Nooh, the quickest player on the tour, is capable of running off frames in quick succession and one suspects that the 34 year-old will need that kind of fire power in order to match Trump. Un-Nooh gave John Higgins a decent run on his debut in 2018 and Trump can probably expect a similarly tough test next week as the Thai returns for a second crack at the Crucible. As you can see, the bottom section is littered with thrilling looking ties and this one is no different. A possible crucial quarter-final with OSullivan awaits but first Trump will have to take the necessary precautions to overcome a skillful opponent in Un-Nooh.

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.

Performance and rankings timeline

His defence of the European Masters ended with a surprise 24 defeat against Tian Pengfei in the second round.[114] He won his first ranking title of the season at the Northern Ireland Open, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 97 in the final.[115] At the UK Championship, he suffered a 46 fourth round loss to Joe Perry. Trump began the 2018/2019 season fifth in the world rankings. He then reached the semi-final of the Scottish Open, but was defeated 36 by Shaun Murphy.[116] In January, Trump won his first Masters title, beating Kyren Wilson, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson en route to the final, where his opponent was Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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.

Trump continued his fine form by reaching the semi-finals of the Masters in January.

Arguably the worst draw that John Higgins could have received on the back of what has been his most miserable season in years. Higgins, with no silverware to his name and a series of disappointing early exits from tournaments to erase from his memory, has been disillusioned with the game since losing his second successive World Championship final last May. Match sharp and with a laissez-faire attitude at the twilight of his career, the 46 year-old will be a tricky challenge that an out-of-form Higgins might not have any answers for this year. Six years ago at the same hurdle, Davis knocked Higgins out courtesy of a 10-6 scoreline and in fact boasts a superior head-to-head record against the former world number one. The Wizard of Wishaw will be hoping that the Crucible Theatre can inspire some of his old magic to return but in the first round of the 2019 World Snooker Championship hes been paired with an old nemesis at this stage. By beating Lyu Haotian in the preliminaries, Davis became the first player to reach the venue stages via the qualifiers ten times.

Semi-Final Prediction: Robertson to beat Williams. Trump to beat Allen.

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.