2018 Betway UK Championship – Liang Wenbo vs Sam Baird Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

Where is the 2018 UK Championship taking place? York Barbican Centre

When is the 2018 UK Championship and what time does it start? 29/11/2018, 14.30 (UK)

What channel is the 2018 UK Championship on? BBC and Eurosport

Where can I stream the 2018 UK Championship? BBC Sport website and Eurosport Player

Where can I get tickets for the 2018 UK Championship? https://worldsnooker.seetickets.com/tour/betway-uk-championship-snooker/

THE LOWDOWN

Liang Wenbo

  • Wenbo has claimed one maiden title to date, which was the 2016 English Open whereby he defeated Judd Trump in the final.
  • Wenbo, who is also nicknamed the Firecraker, recently reached the last 64 of the International Championship where he lost 6-3 to Englishman Ian Burns.

Sam Baird

  • Sam Baird has made it to the last 64 in each of his last three tournaments – Northern Ireland Open, International Championship and English Open.
  • After a disappointing 2017-18 season, Baird lost his tour status but regained it immediately by making it through Q School Event One.

THE PREDICTION

This is the second ever meeting between the pair and in the first encounter back in 2016 at the Paul Hunter Classic, Baird was victorious in defeating Wenbo 4-2. Due to Baird showing better recent form, expect him to defeat Wenbo again in a close match-up and advance to the second round.