Ronnie O'Sullivan (@1.5) vs Neil Robertson (@2.62)

Our Prediction:

Ronnie O'Sullivan will win

Ronnie O'Sullivan – Neil Robertson Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 02:00

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Both Ding and McGill will be looking to lock the memories of this season up and throw away the key, unless they can conjure up something special in the next fortnight or so. Few were probably expecting the Scot to advance from the qualifiers but a remarkable turnaround from 7-2 behind against Robert Milkins on Judgement Day proved the doubters wrong. Ding has long held the weight of a nation on his shoulders but his quest for the ultimate title has so far eluded him and its difficult to envisage that changing in 2019. Its been a dire campaign for the duo and they have rarely featured at the business end of events. Ding knows all too well how momentum can develop after reaching the final in 2016 on the back of emerging from the preliminary stages. A repeat of their second round clash twelve months ago when Ding Junhui thrashed Anthony McGill 13-4, the pair cross paths again in Sheffield. In the Chinese number ones favour at least is a head-to-head record against McGill that reads four and zero. This has the makings of a scrappy contest and its hard to see either of them producing the necessary goods this year to challenge the main contenders.

Robertson exited in round one of the first two ranking events in the 2015/2016 season and 64 to Mark Selby in the quarter-finals of the International Championship.[87] He then claimed his first major title in over 12 months by beating Mark Allen 105 in the final of the Champion of Champions.[88]Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed the final black for a 147 in their third round UK Championship match, before Robertson made a 145 break in the next frame and went on to win 62.[89] He saw off Stephen Maguire 61 and John Higgins 65 and then thrashed Mark Selby 60.[90] Robertson became the first player to make a 147 break in a Triple Crown final in the sixth frame of his match with Liang Wenbo. It was also the first final in the event not to feature a player from the United Kingdom and Robertson would capture the title for the second time in three years with a 105 win.[91] Robertson and Judd Trump set a record of six centuries in a best-of-11 frame match (four from Trump and two from Robertson) in the second round of the Masters with Trump progressing 65.


In 2015, of course, Bingham proceeded to win the championship. Even so, Stuart Bingham would have to be considered as the favourite, especially taking into account his wonderful form this season. An intriguing battle between two former world champions, this has the hallmark of a game that could go right down to the wire. Like all the qualifiers, Dott has useful victories in the qualifiers under his belt and it will be interesting to see whether or not that has any influence on the outcome. Graeme Dotts record in this event is superb, underlined by the fact that he has featured at the TV stages of the World Championship every year since 2000, bar one. One of six players to claim multiple ranking titles this term, Bingham has only lost to Dott three times in 11 meetings and hammered the Pocket Dynamo when they last crossed paths in Sheffield four year ago.

He reached 4 quarter-finals in the season, including the 2006 World Championships, in which he fought back from 812 down to level at 1212 against eventual champion Graeme Dott, before losing the final frame by inadvertently potting the final pink, which he needed on the table in his attempts to snooker the Scotsman. In the 2005/2006 season, he continued to progress, moving up to the top 16 of the rankings at the end of the season.

Well Im not so sure. How will Judd Trump cope with the limelights? He has the form, the ability and the desire. Being a World Champion for the first time comes whith a whole lot of new expectations and demands (from the sponsors, from Worldsnooker and from the fans). Some first time World Champions have found it difficult. Instead, in agreement with Neil Goulding, I expect Neil Robertson to thrive this season. I honnestly dont know. Everyone, except Neil Goulding, is going for Judd Trump. Its bringing both distractions and pressure. It also comes with offers to participate in shows, exhibitions, interviews and promotional events in general.

Its also true that first time world champions often struggle with the added weight of expectation and scrutiny but there are so many tournaments now and a lot of trophies to play for. You could argue some of the pressure is off him now hes triumphed at the Crucible. Hes not yet 30 and has done the triple crown and is now in the perfect position to push on and start winning more titles. Its crazy to think how some people had written him off. Judd Trump Judd was my choice last year (just saying) and he goes into this season with the final piece of the jigsaw: the world title. If he keeps his focus he will win plenty more.


Its been largely forgotten that hes already been number one when he was 23, but it was only for a very short while. If he gets back there, he could very well stay on top for five or six years this time. Judd Trump Bearing in mind that he earned more points than anyone last season, and that Ive tipped him to be the star of the new season, it follows that I expect Trump to be number one soon.

We all saw how upset he was in the moments after losing to Higgins in Sheffield but Im sure hes since reflected on how well he played there and how well he stood up to the sustained pressure of the World Championship. He goes into this season as a real dangerman and hopefully with a bit more belief if he gets to another final. David Gilbert David is not so much knocking on the door of winning a big title as threatening to remove it from its hinges.

He made his breakthrough in the 2006/2007 season.[10] After finishing top of his group at the 2006 Grand Prix's round robin stage (he lost only one match: his opener against Nigel Bond by 23), Robertson then beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 51 in the quarter-finals of the event. He beat Alan McManus 62 in the semis, to reach his first major final, where he faced a fellow first-time finalist, the unseeded Jamie Cope, whom he beat comfortably by 95 to win his first ever professional ranking tournament.[11] The win earned Robertson 60,000, his highest amount of money earned in one tournament. So he went on to the semi-finals, being only the fourth Australian ever to do so in a ranking event.

All the signs are there. The surprise could come from Li Hang, a solid pro for many years, but who has never really got a breakthrough. He just signed with Sightright. It will be interesting to see how he fares this season. Like many of the experts, I expect Joe OConnor to further establish himself as an excellent player on the main tour, but that wouldnt be a surprise at all.

Mark Allen vs Zhou Yuelong

Most of the others will be cannon-fodder at this stage. We are fortunate to have many new (or returning) young players: Jackson Page, James Cahill, Kacper Filipiak, Chang Bingyu, Bai Langning, Si Jiahui, Lei Peifan, Riley Parsons, Louis Heathcote, Brandon Sargeant. Of these, the one with the most potential by far is Chang, but its a question whether the 16-year old can adapt to life on a British-based tour, as it is with all the overseas players.