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

I expect a very close match but for Luo Honghao to make his Crucible debut. It was even more impressive to beat Williams 10-8, considering he was 3-7 down. He came through a banana to beat the highly-rated Sam Craigie. I had a slight niggle that Luo Honghao was going to beat Marco Fu. The rookie did it in such style. Next for him is Tom Ford, who made three Crucible appearances in his career. Ford beat Luo in the 2018 China Open, but that was when the Chinaman was an amateur.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Michael Judge made three appearances at the World Snooker Championships, the most recent being 2008. Considering he was told on Monday he would be replacing Zhang Jiankang due to visa issues, he is certainly making the most of it! James Cahill is racking up the centuries and is playing to a standard that made us wonder why he didnt perform like that when he was a professional between 2013-2017. He came through two deciders himself. Considering he was thinking of quitting a while back, this is quite a turnaround. Purely on scoring power, I will go for Cahill. I honestly dont know who would win here.

Wells began using a new cue at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season and it proved to be his most successful year to date. Wells was 31 ahead, but would be defeated 64.[24] He advanced to the third round of both the Scottish Open and Gibraltar Open, losing 43 to Yu Delu and 40 to Nigel Bond respectively. After being 20 down to Ali Carter he moved 42 ahead, before missing chances to play in the quarter-finals and was defeated 54.[22] Wells qualified for the International Championship by overcoming Mark Allen 65 and eliminated Stuart Carrington 62 in the first round, but then lost 65 to Michael Holt having been 53 up.[23]A 65 win over Ian Burns at the UK Championship saw Wells face world number one Mark Selby in the second round. He qualified for the World Open by thrashing Tian Pengfei 50 and then beat Xu Si 53, before recording another 50 whitewash this time over Kyren Wilson to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time.

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.

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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.

Wells played in his first International Championship by beating Rory McLeod 61 and advanced through a wildcard round in China, before losing 64 to Lee Walker in the first round.[19] He won three matches to reach the last 16 of the Bulgarian Open where he was eliminated 40 by Mike Dunn. He would finish 39th on the European Order of Merit.[20] Wells saw off Rod Lawler 64 at the UK Championship, despite abandoning his car due to traffic and running to the venue before the match.[21] He lost 63 to Ali Carter in the second round.

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.

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.