Wildey wrote:Friday 28th February
Joel Walker v Ding Junhui
John Higgins v Ronnie O'Sullivan
Marco Fu v Barry Hawkins
Joe Perry v Mark Selby
I will lay my hat down for once and admit that i was actually wrong for once!.
I wrote yesterday that i was sure that Maguire would end the great run that Walkers had.
Now it would be absolutly brillllllllllllllllliant if his great run could continue and he managed to knock out Ding,but surely there,s no way that can happen.
I could,nt care less who will win between Fu n Hawkins.
I dearly hope that Selby knocks out Perry.
What a match we have between 2 absolute GIANTS/LEGENDS,2 of the greatest ever of the game.
Haggis John v Pumpkin Ronnie.
Now we all know that Johns had the better of Ronnie in recent years in ranking tourneys and without boasting i,m often right with predictions,but in this case i really,really hope that i,ll be wrong again after my wrong prediction regarding the Maguire/Walker match
,cause as much as i want John to win,i don,t think it,s gonna happen today.
Johns been off song for ages now and has gone down a gear/two and has been struggling to find and maintain the form we all know he can produce when he,s on song,of course he,s been gettin the odd result here n there but his standard of play has,nt been anything to scream about for a good while now,the ones who have watched his matches know full well that many of the matches he,s won has been due to his will to win,grit,determination,havin more of the run of the ball rather than have it had against him and due to him being able to win playing his B,sometimes even C game,very similar to Selby when he reverts to his B and C game and still manages to pull out wins.
Whereas Ronnies managed to go up a gear and has managed so far in maintaining produceing good to very high standard stuff,it,s gonna be very intrestin to see just how long he can keep it up.
We all know though that John often plays well against Ronnie,that he often seems to be able to switch on his wizardry modus against him,so it would,nt surprise me if he somehow manages to do it again today.
I,m gonna write a "Come onnnn John" all the same,but as i say,i can,t see him beatin Ronnie today,this is one of the very few times though that i really hope i,m wrong.