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29 Apr 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 World Snooker Championship – David Gilbert vs Kyren Wilson Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is David Gilbert vs Kyren Wilson taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is David Gilbert vs Kyren Wilson taking place and what time does it start? Tuesday 30th April – 10:00 (UK)

What channel is David Gilbert vs Kyren Wilson on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: David Gilbert 0-3 Kyren Wilson
Previous meeting: David Gilbert 7-9 Kyren Wilson

THE LOWDOWN

DAVID GILBERT

  • David Gilbert put out the reigning world champion Mark Williams 13-9 in a strange match in which Williams took himself to A&E overnight for chest pains but was cleared play the final session.
  • The nature of Gilbert’s match with Williams means it is still a fantastic victory for him, and yet another shock in this year’s World Championship, but leaves us with less of an idea as to how well he will fare here.
  • 37-year-old Gilbert has faced his quarter-final opponent Kyren Wilson thrice before, losing all three, with an overall 9-17 deficit in frames played between them.

KYREN WILSON

  • Kyren Wilson played out an entertaining match with Barry Hawkins in the round of 16, drawing level with the left-hander at 11-11 before winning the final two frames resolutely.
  • Breaks of 125 and 132 in the 27-year-old’s final two frames against Barry Hawkins depict a talented player with a cool head who looks like a dark horse for the tournament now.
  • Wilson has never lost to David Gilbert in three previous meetings and most recently beat the 37-year-old to win the 2019 German Masters in a close match that promises a spectacle here.

THE PREDICTION

David Gilbert’s win over reigning champion Mark Williams is only the third biggest shock of the tournament, which says a lot about the entertainment factor at this year’s World Championship. However, Kyren Wilson is a stony-faced challenger who has looked ruthless in his matches so far at the Crucible, and has never lost to Gilbert. It should hopefully be a close-run thing, but Wilson looks good to reach the quarter-finals for the fourth year running.

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