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27 Apr 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 World Snooker Championship – Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson taking place and what time does it start? Sunday 28th April – 10:00 (UK)

What channel is Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

Where can I stream Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson? 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 Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson? https://www.cruciblesnooker.com/#section-tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Barry Hawkins 11-7 Kyren Wilson
Previous meeting: Barry Hawkins 5-2 Kyren Wilson

THE LOWDOWN

BARRY HAWKINS

  • Barry Hawkins looks in excellent form coming into this World Championship and was in complete control of his first-round match with Li Hang that ended 10-1.
  • 40-year-old Hawkins has played 50 matches this year with a 29-21 record and looked sharp against Hang because of it, but he has not progressed far in many of his competitions.
  • Left-handed Barry Hawkins has the record over Kyren Wilson with 11 wins to Wilson’s 7 and beat the younger an 5-2 in their previous meeting at the World Grand Prix.

KYREN WILSON

  • Kyren Wilson went 3-0 up and then never looked in trouble in his 10-4 first-round victory over Scott Donaldson, setting up a Round of 16 match with Barry Hawkins.
  • Wilson has a 23-16 record for the year but won the 2019 German Masters by beating some of the best players on the circuit, David Gilbert, Stephen Maguire and reigning world champion Mark Williams.
  • 27-year-old Wilson is behind 11-7 in the head-to-head record with Barry Hawkins but notably has won four of the last five meetings with the 40-year-old.

THE PREDICTION

This is possibly the hardest Round of 16 match to call between two players who coasted through their first-round matches and have plenty more to give. Kyren Wilson reached the semi-finals last year, where he beat Barry Hawkins at this very stage of the competition, and he has the recent history, with four wins in the last five matches with Hawkins. This really could go either way, but youth may eclipse experience as it did in last year’s edition.

Kyren Wilson

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