Here is my predictions for the upcoming World Snooker Championships.
Ronnie O'Sullivan v Robin Hull
Joe Perry v Jamie Burnett
Marco Fu v Martin Gould
Shaun Murphy v Jamie Cope
I expect O’Sullivan to progress easily through the first match against Robin Hull. Hull will give O’Sullivan chances and if Ronnie is knocking in decent breaks, I expect a 10-4 victory or better. Joe Perry should grind out a victory in his match, then I expect O’Sullivan to beat Perry 13-6 to 13-8. I would expect Fu to beat Gould, but Gould has a chance and Murphy should beat Cope although this is also a banana skin.
1st Quarter Predictions: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Shaun Murphy
Barry Hawkins v David Gilbert
Ricky Walden v Kyren Wilson
Mark Davis v Dominic Dale
Ding Junhui v Michael Wasley
Last year’s finalist Hawkins will be a heavy favourite for this match. He won a ranking tournament this year and should be too good for Gilbert. Ricky Walden has to be careful with Kyren Wilson, but should be alright. Mark David and the eccentric Dale is a good match, that could be painful to watch as it will be a slow match I think but I fancy Davis to win, as Dale does better over short races. Ding should see off Wasley easily in the last match. Hawkins v Walden is a good game, again I expect Hawkins to progress. Ding will surely progress against Davis or Dale.
2nd Quarter Final Predictions: Barry Hawkins vs. Ding Junhui
Mark Selby v Michael White
Ali Carter v Xiao Guodong
John Higgins v Alan McManus
Stuart Bingham v Ken Doherty
Selby v White is the pick of the rounds and White certainly has a chance in a race to 10. Unfortunately Selby is so strong I expect him to progress here. Carter to be Guodong although it could be close. Higgins should beat McManus as Alan will show him too much respect and Bingham should outlast Doherty. Selby v Carter could go either way but I’ll give the edge to Selby, who is due a massive run in the tournament sooner rather than later. Higgins Bingham is again very close, but I fancy Bingham to get through.
3rd Quarter Final Prediction: Mark Selby vs. Stuart Bingham
Judd Trump v Tom Ford
Stephen Maguire v Ryan Day
Mark Allen v Michael Holt
Neil Robertson v Robbie Williams
Tom Ford could certainly cause an upset, but Trump should be too good. Maguire is a heavy favourite to beat Ryan Day, who has never quite fulfilled his early career promise. Allen v Holt is a good match but again Allen is expected to win. Robertson should beat Williams, although this is another good young player staking his claim. Trump Maguire is a great potential last 16 match, with my predication being Maguire to progress. Allen Robertson is equally excellent, with my prediction being Robertson.
4th Quarter Final Prediction: Stephen Maguire vs. Neil Robertson
Quarter Final Predictions: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Shaun Murphy. Ding beats Hawkins. Selby beats Bingham. Robertson beats Maguire.
Semi Finals Predictions: Ding beats Ronnie. Selby beats Robertson
Final: Ding beats Selby