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24 Apr 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 World Snooker Championship – Mark Williams vs David Gilbert Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Mark Williams vs David Gilbert taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is Mark Williams vs David Gilbert taking place and what time does it start? Friday 26th April – 14:30 (UK)

What channel is Mark Williams vs David Gilbert on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Mark Williams 7-4 David Gilbert
Previous meeting: Mark Williams 10-9 David Gilbert

THE LOWDOWN

MARK WILLIAMS

  • Defending world champion Mark Williams stuttered in parts in his first-round match with Martin Gould but came through to win 10-7.
  • The 44-year-old Welshman has had an underwhelming season since his World Championship title last year, but did beat his opponent here David Gilbert in the final of the World Open.
  • That 2018 World Open final was Williams’ seventh win over David Gilbert in 11 meetings, and Williams has won the last five in a row.

DAVID GILBERT

  • David Gilbert is through to the last 16 of the World Championship for the second time in his career after a 10-7 victory over Joe Perry.
  • The world number 16 is having the best season of his career after finishing as runner-up in two ranking events this season with a 63% win percentage.
  • 37-year-old Gilbert has not beaten reigning world champion Mark Williams since 2015 but came close to winning his first career title against the Welshman last year at the World Open.

THE PREDICTION

Mark Williams defended his World Championship title on Saturday by defeating Martin Gould 10-7 but his hunger to replicate his feat of last year could be called into question against David Gilbert who is in the form of his life and unquestionably hungry. Gilbert was runner-up for the second time this season to Mark Williams’ World Open title, and could take him all the way to a decider again here, but the Welshman will be favourite to progress.

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