2019 World Snooker Championship – Shaun Murphy vs Neil Robertson Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Shaun Murphy vs Neil Robertson taking place? The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

When is Shaun Murphy vs Neil Robertson taking place and what time does it start? Thursday 25th April – 13:00 (UK)

What channel is Shaun Murphy vs Neil Robertson on? BBC & BBC Red Button / Eurosport 1

Where can I stream Shaun Murphy vs Neil Robertson? 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 Shaun Murphy vs Neil Robertson? https://www.cruciblesnooker.com/#section-tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Shaun Murphy 11-21 Neil Robertson
Previous meeting: Shaun Murphy 1-3 Neil Robertson

THE LOWDOWN

SHAUN MURPHY

  • Shaun Murphy looked in imperious form as he whitewashed Luo Honghao 10-0 in the first round of the World Championship.
  • 36-year-old Murphy has been, in his own words, on “the worst run” of his professional life coming into this tournament with an 8-8 record in ranking events for 2019.
  • Murphy’s second-round opponent Neil Robertson has won 65% of their previous meetings but they have not met at the World Championship for ten years, when Murphy won 17-14.

NEIL ROBERTSON

  • Neil Robertson made light work of Cypriot Michael Georgiou in the first round of the World Championship, dropping just the one frame in a 10-1 victory.
  • 37-year-old Robertson is in fine form this calendar year with a 36-10 record overall and winning 85% of his ranking matches, including titles at both the Welsh and China Open.
  • The Australian has the stats over second-round opponent Shaun Murphy and the recent history, having won their previous two professional meetings.

THE PREDICTION

It is a shame for Shaun Murphy that he should show glimpses of his best form in his first-round thrashing of Luo Honghao after such a difficult spell, only to meet Neil Robertson in the second round. The Australian looks to be one of the favourites for the tournament, perhaps the outright after the shock exit of Ronnie O’Sullivan, and will fancy his chances against Murphy, whom he has a strong record against. The Englishman should rise to the occasion, but it will be a surprise if he finds himself in control of this match by the interval.