2018 Betway UK Championship – Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Luke Simmonds 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

Ronnie O'Sullivan

  • The 2017 winner and current world number three enters this year’s tournament having won two tournaments and reached the final of the Northern Irish Open so far this season.
  • O’Sullivan lost 9-7 to Judd Trump in the Northern Irish Open final on November 18. He led 7-6 but Trump took the last three frames to snatch the title.

Luke Simmonds

  • 38-year old Luke Simmonds is a former world amateur champion and works part-time in a factory, making carbon-fibre body parts for cars.
  • Simmonds' highest ever ranking in the world is 94th and he earned his spot at the UK Championship through qualification.

THE PREDICTION

Luke Simmonds will have little confidence going into this match as O’Sullivan has shown good form having won the Shanghai Masters and Champions of Champions. This is the first ever meeting between the two and Ronnie O’Sullivan is expected to conclusively beat amateur Luke Simmonds and progress to the second round.