The best performance for Allen at the World Championship came in his fifth year as professional snooker player, losing the semifinal in 2009, 13-17 vs Higgins, previously winning 10-6 with Gould, 13-11 with O’Sullivan and 13-11 with Day in quarter-finals. In the next two years he reached the quarter-finals but lost both of them, 12-13 vs Dott in 2010 and 5-13 to Williams in 2011. The other fifth appearances at the Crucible ended in first or second round. This season The Pistol won EPT Event 2, lost the finals of EPT Event 1, Shanghai Masters and International Championship (four of the first five tournaments of the season),while in 2015 the highest round reached by Allen being the semi-finals of the Masters.
Day enjoyed a fine run to the World quarter-finals in 2012, equalizing his best performance at the Crucible established in 2008 and 2009. He recovered a 9-6 deficit to beat Ding Junhui 10-9 in the first round, then beat Cao Yupeng 13-7 to reach the Crucible quarter-finals, but that was where his run ended as Matthew Stevens won against him, 13-5. Ryan Day’s best performance of the season appeared in the first tournament , 2-4 against Ding Junhui at the Asian Tour Event 1 while the presence at the Crucible is the fruit of the victories reported against modest opponents (10-7 with Jamie Rhys Clarke, 10-2 vs Alex Davies and 10-6 vs Jak Jones).
H2H: Mark Allen 9-8
Prediction: Allen to advance.
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