Matthew Stevens vs Joe Swail preview (World Snooker Championship last round qualifier)

Matthew Stevens

A tricky match as both players produced a fine game during the first two qualifying rounds, with Swail defeating Dominic Dale with a fine come-back, by winning the last 5 frames, including the deciding one.

Stevens could have the psychological advantage as he won both previous meeting at the Crucible, but in the same time Swail is entering this match having secured his tour place for next season, so no real pressure on his shoulders.

Last year both players failed in qualifying to Crucible and although I expect Stevens to be the man to press on and dictate the tempo of the match, I can find reasons convincing myself that he will have no trouble in this encounter.

H2H: Stevens 6-3

Prediction: Stevens to advance.


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