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

In his 4 qualifying matches, he played the maximum 76 frames. However, at the World Championship, Wells needed a good run of results to ensure his place on the tour for the following season. His ranking rose to No. 70 as a result of his exploits that season. A sequence of 109 wins over Li Hang, Ian Preece and Marcus Campbell took him to the final qualifying round where he lost 910 to Barry Hawkins in the final qualifying match.

102. Ali Carter is a staple at the Crucible, having been at the World Championship every year since 2003. Astley went completely under the radar (read more here) and is the lowest ranked player on the professional tour in the event at No. He had a kind group to qualify through and it showed, pushing aside Paul Davison and Jimmy White, conceding just five frames. Angry get, well, angry. However, I can see only one winner here. Just to be Mr. He is a very chalk and cheese player, with a lot of people hoping to see him draw against Ronnie OSullivan. Defeating Yuan Sijun and Michael White is no mean feat.

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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.

As an unranked player on the tour Wells would need to win four qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the ranking events.

He attended every World Championship since 2000 bar one. Kurt Maflin also got through with little difficulty, sweeping past amateurs Mitchell Mann and Pang Junxu. A Crucible without Graeme Dott would be very weird indeed. I believe Dott is more prepared to win the match here after facing two professionals. Maflin is still prone to unforced errors and failing to kill the frame off. This format just comes easy to him. So I expect to see Dott again. Dott conceded just six frames against Hamza Akbar and Xu Si.

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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.

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

Like Sharav, he had to fight hard to reach Judgement Day. As he cemented his place next season via the one-year ranking list, he will play with little pressure. I predict a close match, but it is Zhou Yuelong for me. Another result I didnt see coming, Eden Sharav defeated Ricky Walden in the deciding frame. Considering he represented Scotland and Israel over the past couple of seasons, I have no idea if he will be called the first Israeli at the World Championships. Zhou, like Yan, is struggling and he will want to make a second appearance here. Sharav made his breakthrough by reaching the Northern Ireland Open semis this season.

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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.

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.

Wells reached the semifinal of a ranking tournament for the first time at the 2018 Scottish Open, and despite leading 40, and 52 over Mark Allen he lost 65. He advanced to the quarter-final of the Paul Hunter Classic losing 43 to Kyren Wilson. He advanced to the four round of both the English Open, Shoot-Out and Gibraltar Open, losing 43 to Ali Carter, 10 to Rod Lawler and 43 to David Gilbert respectively[27].

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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.