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

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.

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.

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.

Now that Judgement Day has come upon us, it seems we have a cosmopolitan set of fixtures. We are already set to make history. If there is anything that any sport loves for the papers to lap up, its history-making! There are nine Chinese players, a Thai, an Irish, a Norwegian, a Cypriot, an Israeli and the usual posse of some English, Irish and Welsh players. An amateur will qualify for the World Championships for the first time.

Pronostics Coteur pour Wells, Daniel Bond, Nigel

In the UK Championship, he narrowly lost 89 to fellow Welshman Michael White. Another first qualifying round defeat in the China Open meant that Wells was again in danger of losing his place on the tour. In his home championship, the Welsh Open, Wells narrowly lost in the first qualifying round to James Wattana 45. Wells failed to repeat his exploits of the previous season in the World Championship as he lost 710 to former world No. This meant that he fell off the tour. 12 David Gray in the first qualifying round. Wells started the new season with a win over fellow Welshman Ian Preece 53 in the Shanghai Masters before losing to Joe Delaney in the next round by the same scoreline.

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.

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.

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.

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.