Simon Dalton presents his prediction for the 2024 Welsh Open snooker match.
Three-times world champion and a favourite of the Welsh fans Mark Williams will do his best to make the people happy when he advances to the main stage. The tournament is hosted by the town of Llandudno, a seaside resort in Wales. There will be a lot of local fans who are going to support Mark Williams. A confident win of the favourite should happen. However, there’s a nuance. Williams always let his opponents play. Of course, no one doubts that the Welsh player has enough skills, but he can be distracted by his own manner of playing.
John Astley is not the one who can be an example. But he can play well in a particular match. Even if he loses. The examples can be seen in the games against Mark Allen (3-5), Allister Carter (5-6). He even beat Jamie Clark (6-5). However, the career of John is tough. He’s unlikely to become one of the best snooker players soon.
Mark Williams – John Astley prediction
Of course, the bet O offer is a bit risky as it depends on how Mark Williams will perform. He has to qualify for the main stage of the tournament. The last head-to-head game ended in a decisive frame (6-5), with the Welsh player winning the match. It was in 2019, though.