2019 World Snooker Championship – David Gilbert vs John Higgins Preview & Prediction


Where is David Gilbert vs John Higgins taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is David Gilbert vs John Higgins taking place and what time does it start? Thursday May 2nd 13:00 (UK)

What channel is David Gilbert vs John Higgins on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

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


All-time meetings: David Gilbert 2-5 John Higgins
Previous meeting: David Gilbert 5-2 John Higgins



  • David Gilbert continues to play without fear and put away a distracted Kyren Wilson 13-8 in his quarter-final to set up the biggest match of his career against John Higgins.
  • 37-year-old Gilbert has already beaten last year’s world champion Mark Williams in the round of 16 and faces four-time former champion Higgins, who put out tournament favourite Neil Robertson in the quarters.
  • There is no question Gilbert is in the form of his life, and while he has the deficit of a 2-5 record with Higgins, he won their previous meeting at the World Open in 2017.


  • John Higgins’ experience shone through in a tight and testing encounter with tournament favourite Neil Robertson, where the Scot won the last three frames to end it 13-10.
  • Higgins’ break-building has been impressive in this year’s World Championship, where he has registered six centuries, including a 135, 130 and two 132s.
  • John Higgins holds a 5-2 head-to-head record over David Gilbert, but his semi-final opponent is playing out of his skin and is in the form of his career, so all-time stats must be reconsidered.


Nobody could have predicted the two semi-finals we have at this year’s World Championship, with David Gilbert and Gary Wilson continuously re-writing their own histories. It seems unprecedented that they could meet in the final, but who knows? After last year’s exhausting 18-16 defeat in the final, the hunger looked to have left John Higgins, but he seems to have grown into this tournament as he quietly progressed, and will surely fancy himself here against Gilbert. Despite his successes, Gilbert beat reigning champion Mark Williams whilst the Welshman was suffering pains in his chest, and Kyren Wilson was not at his best. One would assume, if normal service resumed, that John Higgins will book himself into a third consecutive final here.