Hossein Vafaei (@1.05) vs Simon Lichtenberg (@9.0)

Our Prediction:

Hossein Vafaei will win

Hossein Vafaei – Simon Lichtenberg Match Prediction | 16-10-2019 08:00

In the second round, he got past a tricky tie against Chris Wakelin 10-7. I would back Stevens due to all-round game and experience. 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. I knew Tian Pengfei will throw the spanner into any works. He is an enigma who performs better against top opponents and falls against players as low as his ranking.

He was put through the ringer against Ian Burns and finished last before winning 10-8. Li Hang is currently the highest ranked player to never qualify for the World Championship at the moment and this is his best chance. After reaching the China Open quarter-finals, he beat Elliot Slessor and Nigel Bond to reach the qualifying round. 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. Woollaston is gaining form at the right time.

Two young players who have grafted their way as a professional snooker player for many years. After Anthony McGill, there havent been many Scots coming through recently. He needs to receive that baton. Both players beat good opponents in Mark King and Ken Doherty. I would like to see Scott win here because he seemed unfazed by big occasions. Most importantly, this match means that there will definitely be a debutant in this years World Championships. While Donaldson cemented his place in the Top 64, Lu is still outside it, but he has another year on his card to get there.

Stop lying to yourself. What we dont know yet is which one. 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.

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While he is fantastically calm, he has a lot on his hands. Un-Nooh made little work of Johnathan Bagley and Mark Joyce and will want to make make the most of this opportunity. 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. Joe OConnor was relatively anonymous in the first half of the season but is daring greatly here. This is a very interesting match.

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

Both had fairly unspectacular seasons, though Wells did reach the Scottish Open semi-finals before being edged out 6-5 by Mark Allen. This is a match between two SightRight players. Gould is another staple of the Crucible and to be honest, Im feeling bold. After defeating compatriot Jamie Clarke 10-5, he was 6-5 down to Iranian Hossein Vafaei. While Gould had the juggernaut of Mustafa Dorgham (oh dear) and Gerard Greene, Wells had a trickier route. He really shifted another gear and hit consecutive breaks of 107, 83, 113, 100 and 65 to win 10-6. Wells is scoring seriously good.

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

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Heres an interview I did with him here. 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. But this is a chance to be the first Cypriot at the Crucible! Georgiou hasnt built on the success of winning the 2018 Snooker Shoot-Out and it has been mediocre. There was a fair amount of head-scratching when Michael Georgiou defeated Peter Ebdon, a result I didnt see coming. This is the perfect opportunity for Yan to show that hes back and I can see him winning comfortably.

He couldnt have had a easier route to Judgement Day if he tried. It should be a close when, but it would be a surprise if Martin will beat someone of Perrys calibre at this stage. Joe Perry is someone who always has a place reserved at the Crucible. Two 10-1 wins against Simon Lichtenberg and Zhang Yong is brilliant. However, Martin ODonnell is having the season of his life, who reached three quarter-finals this season, including the UK Championship. Finally, we have the final Judgement Day match!

As he cemented his place next season via the one-year ranking list, he will play with little pressure. Sharav made his breakthrough by reaching the Northern Ireland Open semis this season. Zhou, like Yan, is struggling and he will want to make a second appearance here. I predict a close match, but it is Zhou Yuelong for me. 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. Like Sharav, he had to fight hard to reach Judgement Day. Another result I didnt see coming, Eden Sharav defeated Ricky Walden in the deciding frame.