Luca Brecel (@1.9) vs Stephen Maguire (@1.86)
02-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Stephen Maguire will win

Luca Brecel – Stephen Maguire Match Prediction | 02-09-2019 02:30

with entries but I haven't been home. Good luck everyone, remember the next round Thursday 2pm so entries before then please. Hope everyone is enjoying the event so far, I will be more up to date in future eg. If you do not have the time feel free to put for example: Ronnie, but if Cahill wins I will go for Maguire.

He also became one of five players to qualify for the tournament under 18 years of age and played in his first ranking event main draw,[16] but lost 510 in the first round against Stephen Maguire. Brecel became the youngest ever player to qualify for the World Snooker Championship in 2012, after defeating Ian McCulloch, Barry Pinches, Michael Holt and Mark King. In doing so he broke the record of Stephen Hendry from 1986, as he was almost 2 months older than Brecel.

Brecel was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award at the World Snooker Annual Award Ceremony. Although finishing the season outside the top 64 who automatically retain their places on the snooker tour, Brecel received a two-year wildcard, along with Tony Drago. World Snooker chairman, Barry Hearn said the decision was made as it would be a loss to the sport if Brecel did not feature.

At his fluent best, Brecel can certainly break build and its reasonable to back him to continue his good form from the recent China Open. Brecel managed 4 centuries over the semi and quarter final in China and at 4/5 we can back him to notch more than Wilson. He came up short 10-7 against Neil Robertson but that is no disgrace.

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Brecel whitewashed Judd Trump 40 in the first round and went on to beat world champion Mark Selby 64 later that day. A month later, at the World Open, Brecel confirmed his status as a top 16 player with a semi-final finish, winning three consecutive rounds in a decider, before succumbing to eventual winner Ding Junhui in a 64 defeat. In the semi-final, he suffered a 64 defeat by the hand of Shaun Murphy, who went on to win the tournament. He repeated this feat at the Champion of Champions invitational tournament.

Maguire is shorter than he should be here based upon very little and one has to assume its because of his name/previous performances. You have to go back a way to find a consistent run of form from the Scot though and its simply value at 15/8 that he has one of his bad days here and exits the tournament.

He made one century in the tournament.[24] Brecel lost in the last 64 of both the Gdynia Open (where he made a century) and the Antwerp Open to Mark Joyce and Stuart Bingham respectively. The teenager had a good run, beating former world champions Graeme Dott and Ken Doherty on his way to the last 16 where he met Judd Trump who beat him 41. Brecel made two centuries in the tournament.[21] Brecel was beaten in the first round of the second PTC event of the year, 42, by Matthew Selt.[22] He fared a little better in the first European Tour event of the season reaching the last 64 but was beaten 43 by Rory McLeod.[23] The Belgian was also knocked out in the last 64 of the third PTC of the season, 41, by Chinese player Xiao Guodong. The Belgian was eliminated in the first round of the fourth PTC event of the season, losing 43 to Jimmy Robertson.[25] Soon after this defeat Brecel traveled to Sofia to play in the Bulgarian Open. Next up for Brecel was the first PTC event of the year.

Brecel could not get past the first round of any of the first seven ranking events he entered in the 2016/2017 season, before he restricted Shaun Murphy to eight points as he defeated him 40 in the opening round of the Northern Ireland Open.[56] He then beat Jamie Cope 42, before losing 41 to Michael White.

In doing so he broke the record of Stephen Hendry from 1986, as he was almost 2 months older than Brecel. He also became one of five players to qualify for the tournament under 18 years of age and played in his first ranking event main draw,[19] but lost 510 in the first round against Stephen Maguire despite making a century break and a 96 break during the match. Brecel became the youngest ever player to qualify for the World Snooker Championship in 2012, after defeating Ian McCulloch, Barry Pinches, Michael Holt and Mark King.

Career finals[edit]

The 2013/2014 season started badly for Brecel as he lost in the qualifying rounds for the first five ranking events.[36] He received automatic entry into the first round of the UK Championship as all 128 players on the tour began the event at the venue and he beat Mike Dunn 64, but then lost 65 to Stephen Maguire, despite having held a 52 lead.[37]Brecel qualified for the next ranking event, the German Masters, by defeating James Wattana 53, but was eliminated by Joe Perry 52 in the opening round.[36] Brecel failed to win a match in either of his next two ranking events as Jimmy Robertson defeated him 42 in the last 128 of the Welsh Open whilst Ryan Day won a deciding frame in the first round of the World Open to win 54.[36] His best result of the year came at the penultimate ranking event of the season, the China Open where he reached the second round thanks to the withdrawal of Mark Allen.