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

There he defeated 2006 champion Graeme Dott 1813 to become only the third player from outside the UK (and only the second from outside the UK and Ireland), and the first Australian, to become world champion in the modern era of the game.[16] The win took him to a career-high ranking of No. In his second round match against Martin Gould Robertson trailed 06 and 511 before recovering to win the match 1312. He faced Ali Carter in the semi-finals, winning 1712 to reach the final. At the 2010 World Championship, Robertson defeated Fergal O'Brien 105 in the first round. In the quarter-finals he defeated Steve Davis 135. 2 in the following season.

Robertson beat Shaun Murphy on the final black in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Wuxi Classic to win 54 and then beat Barry Hawkins 63 to reach the opening ranking event final of the 2014/2015 season.[73][74] He played friend and practice partner Joe Perry and from 30 behind rallied to lead 86, before Perry won three frames in a row to be one away from the title.

Things havent quite worked out that way for the Scot despite once claiming that it would be a failure if he didnt etch his name on the trophy before the age of 30. That said, the five-time ranking event winner has produced a relatively consistent season and will be hoping to improve on a dismal recent Crucible record that reads six first round defeats in the last eight years. Tians next opponent will be Stephen Maguire, who was once thought of as a nailed on world champion. Now 38, Maguire often acts like a player who doesnt really have much belief in his game. Other qualifiers gained more headlines but one of the most impressive of the lot was Tian Pengfei. To seal his debut at the Crucible, the 31 year-old overcame Soheil Vahedi before standout successes over world number 17 Ryan Day and two-time former finalist Matthew Stevens.

Robertson started 2013 by attempting to defend his Masters title.

Head-to-Head: Ronnie O'Sullivan Vs Neil Robertson

Robertson has a son, Alexander, with his Norwegian fianc, Mille Fjelldal, [105] whom he met in 2008.

Trump, now a Masters champion, has matured immensely since then and is rightly considered to be one of the favourites for the title overall. Un-Nooh gave John Higgins a decent run on his debut in 2018 and Trump can probably expect a similarly tough test next week as the Thai returns for a second crack at the Crucible. Un-Nooh, the quickest player on the tour, is capable of running off frames in quick succession and one suspects that the 34 year-old will need that kind of fire power in order to match Trump. As you can see, the bottom section is littered with thrilling looking ties and this one is no different. The latter has come a long way, though, since his desperate first round defeat to Rory McLeod in 2017. Two of the most enjoyable players to watch on the entire circuit when in full flow, this could really be a barnstorming battle between a pair of heavy scorers. A possible crucial quarter-final with OSullivan awaits but first Trump will have to take the necessary precautions to overcome a skillful opponent in Un-Nooh. The first couple of players out of the bag in Thursday mornings draw were Judd Trump and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

However Im going to go for another player who also reached two ranking finals in the last campaign. He almost made it in Yushan and Berlin, and didnt do a great deal wrong in either final to end up losing, so his time may not be long in coming now. Dave Gilbert had already moved up to a whole new level last season even before his feats in Sheffield. David Gilbert Last year I went for Jack Lisowski and although he didnt quite get it done, I still think it may well happen soon.

Yan Bingtao had a terrible last season and is showing signs of coming back to form, but I dont think that a win will come already this season. Jack Lisowski has been seen as a sure potential winner for so long, and disappointed for so long, that despite his newly found consistency that is very real Im still not sure that he will eventually fulfill his potential. I agree with those who picked David Gilbert.

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.


Judd Trump He starts with the advantage of 500,000 ranking points from the World Championship alone. Ronnie OSullivan is the perpetual unknown quantity we dont yet know which tournaments he will be competing in, and he really needs to get into the Coral series to defend his lead in the rankings. Some people may have forgotten hes already been world no.1 but I think if he got there again it would feel more significant and potentially more permanent. So if Trump is consistent and maintains a reasonably full schedule he can take over at the top.

The Hawk hasnt enjoyed an especially good campaign but might fancy his chances in an open looking top quarter of the draw to repeat his now trademark run to the last four. Li has risen into the top 32 in the world rankings this season and is undoubtedly a dangerous player. But its never easy at the Crucible, never mind when its a first appearance, and facing someone like Barry Hawkins doesnt make the task any simpler. The latter, of course, has become somewhat of a master at the longer format and has reached the semi-finals or better in five out of the last six editions. Some people might be surprised to learn that Li Hang, despite first turning professional in 2008, has never actually played in the World Championship at the Crucible. The 28 year-old is one of six Chinese in the draw, four of whom are set to make their debuts on the famous stage.

Cahill, a former professional who will regain his tour card next season, has actually played the five-time world champion three times but unsurprisingly has fallen short on each occasion. An incredible first round draw has paired the Rocket with James Cahill, who was the headline story of the qualifiers when he beat Michael Judge to become the first amateur to reach the Crucible in the tournaments 42-year history. OSullivan has been practically unstoppable this season, reaching the title decider in seven out of the ten tournaments hes participated in, with only Trump managing to evade him in big finals. But greater challengers surely await OSullivan in the 2019 World Snooker Championship. Ronnie OSullivan once again heads into the World Championship as the pre-tournament favourite, as he so often does. The Englishman hasnt challenged at the Crucible since 2014, though, and is often his own worst enemy as he struggles to deal with the inner demons that can affect his game, especially when the format increases over multiple sessions. Its what dreams are made of and aspirations dont come much loftier than a 2019 World Snooker Championship encounter with OSullivan. Which brings us to the last match. Cahill, still only 23 and an exciting prospect for the future, will be looking to enjoy his moment against the sports biggest star. Its not easy to see how he can change that statistic given the new world number ones pedigree and form.

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.