2020 Matchroom Championship League – Group Stage 1 Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

What is the 2020 Matchroom Championship League? The Championship League is a non-ranking event that has taken place since 2008 and, while being a sought-after title in its own right, also serves as a qualifier for the Champion of Champions.

It will be the first competitive snooker to take place since the tour was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and there will be several safety measures in place such as social distancing and virus-testing.

When is the 2020 Matchroom Championship League taking place? The 2020 Matchroom Championship League will take place June 1-11.

Where is the 2020 Matchroom Championship League taking place? The 2020 Matchroom Championship League will take place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, England.

What is the prize fund for the 2020 Matchroom Championship League? The total prize fund amounts to £200,000 with all competitors guaranteed at least £1000 and the winner pocketing £30,000.

Who is taking part in the 2020 Matchroom Championship League? All 128 World Snooker tour card holders were invited to take part in the 2020 event, with the final line-up consisting of the top 64-ranked players from those who registered their interest. Many of the world’s top players are involved, although there are some notable absences such as John Higgins, Mark Williams and Shaun Murphy.

What is the format of the 2020 Matchroom Championship League? The 64 entrants will initially be split up into 16 groups of four. Those groups will be played in a round-robin format with two groups to be played to completion on each day from June1-8. Matches will be best of four frames, with three points for a win and one for a draw. If players are tied on points, then frame difference, head-to-head result and highest break will be the separators (in that order).

The 16 group winners will advance to the Group Winners’ Stage, consisting of a further four groups of four. These groups will take place June 9-10.

Those four winners will then compete in the final group – the Tournament Finals – on June 11 where the 2020 Matchroom Championship League winner will be crowned.

Where can I watch the 2020 Matchroom Championship League? Both ITV4 and Eurosport will be providing daily televised coverage from the event for viewers in the UK, with live streaming available on ITV Hub and Eurosport Player.

Free streaming is also available across the Americas, Asia and Africa on MatchroomLive – a new sports streaming platform.

Where can I get tickets for the 2020 Matchroom Championship League? No tickets are available for the event as it will be taking place behind closed doors.

When is the 2020 Matchroom Championship League Group Stage 1 taking place? Saturday 6th June, 2020

GROUP STAGE 1

PLAYERS
Jordan Brown
Jamie Clarke
Ricky Walden
Stuart Bingham

FIXTURES
Stuart Bingham vs Ricky Walden
Stuart Bingham vs Jamie Clarke
Stuart Bingham vs Jordan Brown
Ricky Walden vs Jamie Clarke
Ricky Walden vs Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown vs Jamie Clarke

PREDICTION
Former world champions Stuart Bingham will feel quietly confident of progressing from this group. Ricky Walden has of course reached the upper echelons of the game in the past but he has struggled to reach the latter stages of tournaments over the past couple of years, failing to go beyond the quarter-finals of any event since the 2015-16 season. One to watch out for might be young Welshman Jamie Clarke who has shown a good deal of promise on occasion and, although he is not yet the finished article, he could spring a surprise or two over this short format.

Bingham, though, is a highly consistent operator and is a previous winner of this event so the Basildon man has to be favoured to top Group 1.

BETTING TIPS
Stuart Bingham to win the group

Jamie Clarke to beat Jordan Brown

Ricky Walden to win the first frame against Jordan Brown

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