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27 Apr 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 World Snooker Championship – Ali Carter vs Zhou Yuelong Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Ali Carter vs Zhou Yuelong taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is Ali Carter vs Zhou Yuelong Bingham taking place and what time does it start? Sunday 28th April – 10:00 (UK)

What channel is Ali Carter vs Zhou Yuelong on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

Where can I stream Ali Carter vs Zhou Yuelong? BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app / Sky Sport subscribers can also stream the match via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Ali Carter vs Zhou Yuelong? https://www.cruciblesnooker.com/#section-tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Ali Carter 2-1 Zhou Yuelong
Previous meeting: Ali Carter 0-3 Zhou Yuelong

THE LOWDOWN

ALI CARTER

  • Ali Carter was tested in places by Jack Lisowski but ultimately came through his first-round match unscathed with a 10-6 victory.
  • The Captain has played 36 matches in 2019 with a rather average 19-17 record, although he did reach the final of the World Grand Prix where he lost to fellow big-match player Judd Trump.
  • 39-year-old Carter beat Ronnie O’Sullivan at this stage of the World Championships last year before losing in the quarters to eventual 2018 champion Mark Williams.

ZHOU YUELONG

  • Zhou Yuelong stormed into a 7-1 lead against Mark Allen and then faced a brilliant comeback from his opponent before closing out the match 10-7.
  • 21-year-old Zhou Yuelong came through the qualifiers to reach his second World Championship since reaching the first round in 2017.
  • The young Chinese has a 68% win percentage in 2019 and his 5-0 lead in the first session with Mark Allen will certainly worry Ali Carter who lost their previous meeting 3-0.

THE PREDICTION

21-year-old Zhou Yuelong is something of a mystery coming into this Round of 16 match, as he showed both sides of his game in his win over Mark Allen where he stormed ahead and then wobbled under the weight of the occasion. Ali Carter is one of the more hit and miss players on the circuit, but most would expect him to have the composure to weather any onslaughts here in a 25-frame fixture.

Ali Carter

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