2019 World Snooker Championship – Judd Trump vs Stephen Maguire Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Judd Trump vs Stephen Maguire taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is Judd Trump vs Stephen Maguire taking place and what time does it start? Tuesday 30th April – 14:30 (UK)

What channel is Judd Trump vs Stephen Maguire on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

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

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Judd Trump 12-14 Stephen Maguire
Previous meeting: Judd Trump 2-5 Stephen Maguire

THE LOWDOWN

JUDD TRUMP

  • Judd Trump won the last six frames against Ding Junhui in a see-saw match that ended 13-9 as the 29-year-old’s stock continues to rise in this tournament.
  • Junhui was a significant test to Trump’s title credentials and he now faces Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals who beat him earlier this year at the same stage of the German Masters.
  • Trump is behind in his head-to-head record with Stephen Maguire but their difference in age may come into that factor, as Trump has won seven of their last eight encounters.

STEPHEN MAGUIRE

  • Stephen Maguire played pantomime villain in beating amateur James Cahill, who of course beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round, in a fantastically close-run 13-12 match.
  • 38-year-old Maguire is in his second World Championship quarter-final in three years after a series of first-round exits and has done it the hard way with two deciding-frame victories so far.
  • Maguire won the previous encounter with quarter-final opponent Judd Trump at this year’s German Masters, but Trump has won four of their last five in ranking matches.

THE PREDICTION

The head-to-head record between Judd Trump and Stephen Maguire belies a gulf in age, and Maguire’s recent German Masters quarter-final win offers pause for thought, but Judd Trump’s performances at this year’s World Championship so far suggest he has his eyes on the final. Maguire has forced his way to the quarter-finals with two victories via deciding frames, while Trump has looked ever-more focused and sharp as he progresses through the rounds. Both players can be unpredictable, but the younger man will be favourite to make it through here.