2018 Betway UK Championship – Noppon Saengkham vs Hamza Akbar 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, 19.30 (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

Noppon Saengkham

  • Saengkham defeated world number one Judd Trump en-route to reaching his first ever ranked semi-final at the 2018 Welsh Open.
  • Saengkham’s last outing ended in a first-round loss to Englishman Mark Davis at the Northern Ireland Open on November 12th.

Hamza Akbar

  • Akbar’s best performance of the year came at the Northern Ireland Open where he reached the last 32 and lost 4-0 to Mark Selby.
  • Akbar is currently ranked number 98 in the world and his highest break in a top-level tournament is 135 (2018 Indian open).

THE PREDICTION

The only previous meeting between the two was at the 2017 Northern Ireland Open where Saengkham prevailed 4-3 to advance to the second round. There is not much to choose between the pair but Saengkham’s skill and form should help him narrowly edge the contest.