This encounter is the fifth match starting on Saturday; first 9 frames being scheduled to be played in the evening session, remaining to see the conclusion of the match on Sunday’s afternoon session.
The 2008 Shanghai Masters champion lost the invitational 6-reds World Championship final 7-8 to Maguire, won the International Championship by beating Allen in the final with 10-7, lost the Indian Open final 0-5 to Brecel and reached the quarter-finals at Welsh Open, Champion of Champions , Australian Open and played the semi-final by EPT2 in Bulgaria. His best Crucible performance came in 2013, as after leading 6-2 and 9-7 Hawkins denied him the final, winning 17-14. “I’ve got to the semi-finals of the World, I have done the semi-finals of the UK and won a couple of ranking events so I am not too far away. I am improving and getting better,” said Walden in that year.
The highlight of Dott’s season is the run to the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters, UK Championship and to the World Grand-Prix. He did well in the qualifying round played earlier this week, 10-4 to amateur Owens, 10-2 against Fraser Patrick and 10-7 vs De Lu. He raise a world champion trophy in 2006, the other two final played at Crucible were lost in front of O’Sullivan 2004 and Robertson 2010.
H2H: 1-1 http://www.cuetracker.net/Head-to-Head/Ricky-Walden/Graeme-Dott
Prediction: I tend to think that Walden has the greater form at the moment, although this could be a match that goes to the wire.
Betting perspectives: medium stake on over 16.5 frames @1.8 at Bet365
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