2020 Dafabet Masters – Mark Allen vs David Gilbert Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Mark Allen vs David Gilbert taking place? Alexandra Palace, London

When is Mark Allen vs David Gilbert taking place and what time does it start? Monday 13th January, 2020 – 19:00 (UK)

What channel is Mark Allen vs David Gilbert on? BBC Red Button

Where can I stream Mark Allen vs David Gilbert? BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Mark Allen vs David Gilbert? Tickets for the 2020 Dafabet Masters can be purchased here

THE LOWDOWN

MARK ALLEN

  • Mark Allen has made the semi-finals of four ranking events so far this season but will be eager to make his first final of the season.
  • Allen won his first major in this competition in 2018 when lifting the Masters title and will look to draw on that experience again.
  • Despite that success, he was knocked out in the first round of his defence last season and did not make it to beyond the semi-finals in any of his other nine appearances before his win two years' ago.

DAVID GILBERT

  • David Gilbert suffered poor preparation for this tournament after back-to-back first round defeats in the European and German Masters.
  • Gilbert has lost to Allen on four of the six occasions that they have met but did win their last contest in the World Open earlier in the season and will take confidence from that .
  • After a steady rise up the rankings, this will be Gilbert's first appearance at the Masters and he will hope to make an impression in the prestigious event.

THE PREDICTION

David Gilbert comes into this tournament on the back of disappointing displays in both the European and German Masters and will need to quickly put that behind his as he faces Mark Allen. 2018 Masters winner Mark Allen has done well in ranking events this year and should be too good for Gilbert.

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