2019 World Snooker Championship – Gary Wilson vs Judd Trump Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Gary Wilson vs Judd Trump taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is Gary Wilson vs Judd Trump taking place and what time does it start? Thursday 2nd May – 19:00 (UK)

What channel is Gary Wilson vs Judd Trump on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

Where can I stream Gary Wilson vs Judd Trump? 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 Gary Wilson vs Judd Trump? https://www.cruciblesnooker.com/#section-tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Gary Wilson 1-0 Judd Trump
Previous meeting: Gary Wilson 5-3 Judd Trump

THE LOWDOWN

GARY WILSON

  • After being touted as one of the most promising players in his youth, former taxi driver Gary Wilson finds himself in the semi-finals of the World Championship having fallen on and off of the tour for years.
  • The 32-year-old lost the first three frames to Ali Carter in his quarter-final clash but showed the same composure and defensive qualities that got him past Mark Selby in the round of 16, eventually beating Carter 13-9.
  • Gary Wilson has a 100% record over his semi-final opponent Judd Trump having beaten him in their only previous meeting 5-3 at the 2018 World Open in China.

JUDD TRUMP

  • Judd Trump went 6-0 up in his quarter-final match with Stephen Maguire and the result never looked in doubt with the score ending 13-6.
  • 29-year-old Trump played some of his trademark silky shots against Maguire, allowed more freedom by his opponent to express himself, but must not take Gary Wilson lightly as his game is more attrition than break-building.
  • Trump has only faced Wilson once before and lost that match at the 2018 World Open and he must also deal with being tournament favourite now Neil Robertson has been knocked out of the competition.

THE PREDICTION

Judd Trump has reached the semi-finals of the World Championship for the fourth time of his career and has never had a better opportunity to win the title than this surprising tournament. On the other hand, Gary Wilson is in the third semi-final of his career, and at the peak of his powers. Wilson’s game may suit the longer form game, these semi-finals being a best of 33 frame affair, and his momentum cannot be trivialised. However, Trump looks more determined, and perhaps more relaxed, than we have seen in recent years, and while this tournament has rejected normality so far, he should be the player progressing from a tight-fought match.