2019 World Snooker Championship – Judd Trump vs Ding Junhui Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Judd Trump vs Ding Junhui taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is Judd Trump vs Ding Junhui taking place and what time does it start? Friday 27th April – 19:00 (UK)

What channel is Judd Trump vs Ding Junhui on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Judd Trump 7-8 Ding Junhui
Previous meeting: Judd Trump 5-3 Ding Junhui

THE LOWDOWN

JUDD TRUMP

  • Judd Trump escaped a shock first-round exit to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh with a deciding frame victory in a match where he played some of his best snooker towards the end.
  • Trump was 6-3 and 7-4 down at stages during his first-round match but produced some Hollywood shots and a break of 141 to now face Ding Junhui.
  • The 29-year-old is having a good 2019 with a 75% win percentage in ranking tournaments and the World Grand Prix title under his belt, and he could be one of the dark horses for the tournament.

DING JUNHUI

  • Ding Junhui has gone under the radar so far in this World Championship after a first-round 10-7 victory over Anthony McGill sees him face Judd Trump in the second.
  • The 32-year-old Chinese is ranked 10 in the world right now after an average 2019 but he has a 71% win percentage in ranking matches this year.
  • Junhui wins the head-to-head with his second-round opponent Judd Trump 8-7 but they have met three times before at the World Championship in 2011, 2015 and 2016 where Trump is 2-1.

THE PREDICTION

Ding Junhui is favourite in most matches he plays let alone a fond favourite with viewers and players alike, but his good nature is sometimes his weakness as there is something to be said for his tendency to crumble under pressure. Junhui is also not in the form of his life right now, and Judd Trump looked excellent after a shaky start in his first-round match. The Ace in The Pack should have what it takes to overpower The Dragon with some keen pressure-play towards the end of their encounter.