Daniel Wells (@1.4) vs Nigel Bond (@2.88)

Our Prediction:

Daniel Wells will win

Daniel Wells – Nigel Bond Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 14:00

Now that Judgement Day has come upon us, it seems we have a cosmopolitan set of fixtures. We are already set to make history. If there is anything that any sport loves for the papers to lap up, its history-making! There are nine Chinese players, a Thai, an Irish, a Norwegian, a Cypriot, an Israeli and the usual posse of some English, Irish and Welsh players. An amateur will qualify for the World Championships for the first time.

In the UK Championship, he narrowly lost 89 to fellow Welshman Michael White. Another first qualifying round defeat in the China Open meant that Wells was again in danger of losing his place on the tour. In his home championship, the Welsh Open, Wells narrowly lost in the first qualifying round to James Wattana 45. Wells failed to repeat his exploits of the previous season in the World Championship as he lost 710 to former world No. This meant that he fell off the tour. 12 David Gray in the first qualifying round. Wells started the new season with a win over fellow Welshman Ian Preece 53 in the Shanghai Masters before losing to Joe Delaney in the next round by the same scoreline.

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I would back Stevens due to all-round game and experience. In the second round, he got past a tricky tie against Chris Wakelin 10-7. I knew Tian Pengfei will throw the spanner into any works. Matthew Stevens qualified twice in the past four years and this is his favoured format. Like when he emphatically beat top seed Ryan Day 10-3. He is an enigma who performs better against top opponents and falls against players as low as his ranking.

He attended every World Championship since 2000 bar one. Kurt Maflin also got through with little difficulty, sweeping past amateurs Mitchell Mann and Pang Junxu. A Crucible without Graeme Dott would be very weird indeed. I believe Dott is more prepared to win the match here after facing two professionals. Maflin is still prone to unforced errors and failing to kill the frame off. This format just comes easy to him. So I expect to see Dott again. Dott conceded just six frames against Hamza Akbar and Xu Si.

Like Sharav, he had to fight hard to reach Judgement Day. As he cemented his place next season via the one-year ranking list, he will play with little pressure. I predict a close match, but it is Zhou Yuelong for me. Another result I didnt see coming, Eden Sharav defeated Ricky Walden in the deciding frame. Considering he represented Scotland and Israel over the past couple of seasons, I have no idea if he will be called the first Israeli at the World Championships. Zhou, like Yan, is struggling and he will want to make a second appearance here. Sharav made his breakthrough by reaching the Northern Ireland Open semis this season.

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Wells reached the semifinal of a ranking tournament for the first time at the 2018 Scottish Open, and despite leading 40, and 52 over Mark Allen he lost 65. He advanced to the quarter-final of the Paul Hunter Classic losing 43 to Kyren Wilson. He advanced to the four round of both the English Open, Shoot-Out and Gibraltar Open, losing 43 to Ali Carter, 10 to Rod Lawler and 43 to David Gilbert respectively[27].

Wells lost in the qualifying rounds of the first five ranking events in the 2013/2014 season, but received automatic entry into the UK Championship as all 128 players began the tournament in the first round.

Wells played in his first International Championship by beating Rory McLeod 61 and advanced through a wildcard round in China, before losing 64 to Lee Walker in the first round.[19] He won three matches to reach the last 16 of the Bulgarian Open where he was eliminated 40 by Mike Dunn. He would finish 39th on the European Order of Merit.[20] Wells saw off Rod Lawler 64 at the UK Championship, despite abandoning his car due to traffic and running to the venue before the match.[21] He lost 63 to Ali Carter in the second round.


In his 4 qualifying matches, he played the maximum 76 frames. However, at the World Championship, Wells needed a good run of results to ensure his place on the tour for the following season. His ranking rose to No. 70 as a result of his exploits that season. A sequence of 109 wins over Li Hang, Ian Preece and Marcus Campbell took him to the final qualifying round where he lost 910 to Barry Hawkins in the final qualifying match.

As an unranked player on the tour Wells would need to win four qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the ranking events.

Both Judge and Cahill swept aside seeds Peter Lines, Andrew Higginson, Xiao Guodong and Michael Holt. An amateur will definitely make it to the Crucible for the first time in its history. A lot of people say this is fantastic for the game for the true underdog story while little say that the amateurs say little in the first place. You didnt predict this would happen. Stop lying to yourself. What we dont know yet is which one.

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However, Martin ODonnell is having the season of his life, who reached three quarter-finals this season, including the UK Championship. Finally, we have the final Judgement Day match! It should be a close when, but it would be a surprise if Martin will beat someone of Perrys calibre at this stage. Two 10-1 wins against Simon Lichtenberg and Zhang Yong is brilliant. He couldnt have had a easier route to Judgement Day if he tried. Joe Perry is someone who always has a place reserved at the Crucible.