2020 Matchroom Championship League – Tournament Finals Preview & Prediction
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 Tournament Finals taking place?
Thursday 11th June, 2020
Stuart Bingham vs Ryan Day
Stuart Bingham vs Ben Woollaston
Stuart Bingham vs Luca Brecel
Luca Brecel vs Ben Woollaston
Luca Brecel vs Ryan Day
Ryan Day vs Ben Woollaston
Although this may not be the group many would have expected before the tournament begun, all four competitors are fully deserving of their spot after battling their way through the field. Stuart Bingham is the highest ranked of the three at world number 13, and curiously the other three are all bunched together with Ryan Day, Luca Brecel and Ben Woollaston ranked at 36, 37 and 38 respectively.
Day’s feat in reaching this stage is perhaps the most surprising as the Welshman was enduring a fairly torrid season prior to the enforced break, but that just goes to show you what some time away from the sport can do. Additionally, he has not lost a game in this tournament yet, with three wins and three draws to his name, although Luca Brecel has also managed that feat.
However, experience in the latter stages of tournaments will be key at this stage and former world champion Stuart Bingham has that in abundance. As a multiple ranking tournament winner, Bingham has proven pedigree when it matters most and we’re tipping ‘Ball-run’ to lift the Championship League trophy for the second time in his career.
Stuart Bingham to win the group
Ben Woollaston to beat Ryan Day
Luca Brecel to win the first frame against Ryan Day