Paul Krishnamurty previews both of Wednesday’s matches at Ally Pally, where he predicts Stuart Bingham will beat a declining Mark Williams…
The first round draws to a close with the two matches from what looked by far the weakest quarter when we started. After all the upsets, that label is arguable.
Hard to separate Wilson and Lisowski
The afternoon match is particularly hard to call with confidence. Kyren Wilson starts favourite to defy a negative head-to-head (3-6) record against Jack Lisowski and the latter also has better recent form, reaching the Scottish Open final.
This match has given me constant brainache since the draw was done. I put up Kyren as the outright pick but, on reflection, Jack represented better value so I added him each-way at 33/1. The clues are in the paragraph above.
Whilst I am a big advocate of backing Kyren in any one-table format, he hasn’t been so impressive this term. Lisowski doesn’t have the big match pedigree yet but is getting there and should have confidence against this opponent.