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24 Apr 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 World Snooker Championship – Mark Selby vs Gary Wilson Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Mark Selby vs Gary Wilson taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is Mark Selby vs Gary Wilson taking place and what time does it start? Thursday 25th April – 19:00 (UK)

What channel is Mark Selby vs Gary Wilson on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

Where can I stream Mark Selby vs Gary 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 Mark Selby vs Gary Wilson? https://www.cruciblesnooker.com/#section-tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Mark Selby 5-0 Gary Wilson
Previous meeting: Mark Selby 4-0 Gary Wilson

THE LOWDOWN

MARK SELBY

  • Mark Selby looked in worrying form in his first-round match with Zhao Xintong but came back from 5-2 down to win the match 10-7.
  • Three-time World Champion Selby has had a difficult 2019 by his standards, with a 9-6 record in ranking events that includes a couple of defeats by lower-ranked opposition.
  • “The Jester from Leicester” should find things easier in the second-round against a player in Gary Wilson he has never lost to in five professional meetings.

GARY WILSON

  • Gary Wilson won the deciding frame in a tensely fought match with Belgian Luca Brecel to set up this second-round bout with three-time former champion Mark Selby.
  • 33-year-old Wilson has a decent record in 2019 with a 13-7 record in qualifying events and he came through three contested qualifying matches to take his place in this year’s World Championship.
  • Wilson has never beaten English counterpart Mark Selby in five attempts, including a 4-0 whitewash in their previous meeting back in 2016.

THE PREDICTION

Gary Wilson must be cursing his luck after coming through the qualifying rounds to beat talented Belgian Luca Brecel to face one of the favourites for the tournament in Mark Selby. Selby has never lost to Wilson, but their last meeting was three years ago when he was at the height of his powers. Anything other than a Selby win seems outlandish, but Wilson has the recent match practice to make him work for it a little.

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