10 Predictions for 2011

First things first, happy new year to all, hopefully it will be a good one for everyone reading. I’m not generally one for predictions but this seems like as good an opportunity as any to make a few that will no doubt make for some amusing reading later in the year!

  • Stephen Hendry to fall out of the top 16 at the end of the 2010/11 season.
  • Mark Williams to regain the world number one spot at the end of the 2010/11 season.
  • Mark Allen to win a ranking event title.
  • If hosted, England to win a revived World Cup of snooker, defeating Wales in the final.
  • Michael Judge, Paul Davies, Ian McCulloch, David Gilbert, Stuart Pettman and Jimmy Michie to finish outside of the top 64 after the Crucible though a couple to survive via the Q School.
  • Belgian prodigy Luca Brecel to turn professional and be qualifying for events in front of TV cameras before the end of the year.
  • Stephen Lee, Martin Gould and Matthew Stevens to make it into the top 16 at some point.
  • Stephen Maguire to complete a return to form with an appearance in a major final.
  • Mark Selby to win the 2011 World Championship
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the 2011 Masters.

What are your predictions for 2011?

  • Adam

    Stephen Hendry will hang on to the top 16.

    At the end of the season, Neil Robertson will be world number 1.

    Mark Allen to win a ranking event title.

    No more titles for Ronnie in the 2010/2011 season.

    The Crucible curse will fall this year.

  • tazmania

    I think you should have made 11 predictions for 2011

  • urindragon

    Hendry will remain in top 16 he is THE MAN in snooker history I’m sure he will reinvent his game and win some more tournaments to prove all doubters wrong. Selby won’t win WSC because Ronnie said Mark won’t win one.

  • fadfaf

    Hendry -> out top 16
    Selby won’t win any ranking tournaments or maximum 2 EPTC/PTC
    Mark Williams -> n.1

  • mike

    some interesting predictions matt, agree with the mark allen one , disagree about mark williams…….. higgins for the worlds if not then murphy, higgins to be number 1, and i diagree with players dropping off being allowed to get straight back on the tour…. those places should only be available for those not already on tour?

  • dannyboy

    Hendry will possibly stop playing by 2012/13 so based on that I can see his decline continuing.
    Steve Davis to make the Crucible in 2011 – unlikely but lets go for it!
    Ronnie to win the WC in 2011 for his DAD!

  • Claus Christensen

    I predict Hendry will be cured of his ‘jibs’ (wasn’t that the word?) and return to form. He will perform well in several tournaments and 90% of snooker commentators will once again say ‘rolling back the years’ way too many times…

    Secondly, I predict that Mark King and Peter Ebdon will hold a joint press conference in which they proclaim: we were wrong, Barry is the man.

  • Matthew Butler

    I predict that Tony Drago will get back into the top 32 by the end of the season.

    Stephan Lee will win the PTC Finals

    Martin Gould will make top 16

    Another Steve Davis revival

  • Greg P.

    You’re really writing off Stuart Pettman?

    If the rankings were partially based on quality of haircut I’d agree with you, but I’m not so sure…

  • matt2745

    Oh I’m not writing him off at all, he’s just got a lot of points to defend from his Shanghai semi a couple of years ago and I can see him ending outside of the 64.

    He would be a good bet to stay on the tour via the Q School though.