2020 Tour Championship – Shaun Murphy vs Mark Allen Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Shaun Murphy vs Mark Allen taking place and what time does it start? Tuesday 17th March, 2020 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Shaun Murphy vs Mark Allen taking place? Venue Cymru, Llandudno

What channel is Shaun Murphy vs Mark Allen on? ITV4

Where can I stream Shaun Murphy vs Mark Allen? ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for Shaun Murphy vs Mark Allen? You can find ticket details for the 2020 Tour Championship here

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Shaun Murphy 6-2 Mark Allen

THE LOWDOWN

SHAUN MURPHY

  • Shaun Murphy will hope to bounce back from the heavy loss he suffered in his Players Championship semi-final with Yan Bingtao in his last tournament as he looks to overcome Mark Allen in this Tour Championship contest.
  • Murphy has come up against Allen on three occasions so far this season and the Englishman has been successful in all of those matches with him dropping just two frames in their last two meetings.
  • Murphy has claimed two world ranking event titles so far this season with victory at the China Championship followed by success at last month’s Welsh Open when he was an impressive winner over Kyren Wilson in the final.

MARK ALLEN

  • Mark Allen has endured a frustrating season so far having made the semi-finals of four world ranking events but he is yet to turn any of those last four appearances into a final, let alone a title.
  • Allen chose not to compete at last week’s Gibraltar Open, meaning his last match was against his opponent in this game with Shaun Murphy coming out on top of their recent Players Championship clash.
  • The Northern Irishman competed in this event last year where he won an entertaining clash with Kyren Wilson in his opening match but was then knocked out in the semi-finals by Neil Robertson.

THE PREDICTION

Shaun Murphy will believe he can challenge for a second world title this season with the Englishman putting in some strong performances so far. He won last month’s Welsh Open and will hope to recapture that form ahead of the World Championships. This event will provide the chance to build ahead of the main event of the year but Mark Allen stands in his way. Murphy has won the last three clashes against Allen and he will be confident of making it four in a row in this contest.

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