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

Neither player has faced each other in a match larger than a BO7 and the longer format fits them both. Both players reached the second round of the World Championship last year, but unfortunately this time, one of these fine players has to go. This is a proper clash of the titans. However, I will go with Milkins based on form alone. Both have very good Crucible records, especially Anthony McGill, who was present every year since 2015.

Wells reached the semifinal of a ranking tournament for the first time at the 2018 Scottish Open, and despite leading 40, and 52 over Mark Allen he lost 65. He advanced to the quarter-final of the Paul Hunter Classic losing 43 to Kyren Wilson. He advanced to the four round of both the English Open, Shoot-Out and Gibraltar Open, losing 43 to Ali Carter, 10 to Rod Lawler and 43 to David Gilbert respectively[27].

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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.

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.

Both had fairly unspectacular seasons, though Wells did reach the Scottish Open semi-finals before being edged out 6-5 by Mark Allen. 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. This is a match between two SightRight players. Wells is scoring seriously good. He really shifted another gear and hit consecutive breaks of 107, 83, 113, 100 and 65 to win 10-6. Gould is another staple of the Crucible and to be honest, Im feeling bold.

Pronostic Wells, Daniel - Bond, Nigel

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.

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 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.

Pronostics Coteur pour Wells, Daniel Bond, Nigel

Two young players who have grafted their way as a professional snooker player for many years. 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. I would like to see Scott win here because he seemed unfazed by big occasions. After Anthony McGill, there havent been many Scots coming through recently. He needs to receive that baton. Most importantly, this match means that there will definitely be a debutant in this years World Championships. Both players beat good opponents in Mark King and Ken Doherty.