Dark Horses – Dave Gilbert – 8/7/19
Name: Dave Gilbert
Birthplace: Derby, England
Years Professional: 16
Current Ranking: 12th
Ranking Event Successes: Runner-up 2015 International Championship, 2018 World Open, 2019 German Masters
Notes: Has knocked on the door a couple of times in recent years and looked like his overall game has come together when having a great run at the World Championships last season. His semi-final finish there was arguably his best tournament performance to date. Wins over Joe Perry, Mark Williams (defending Champion) and Kyren Wilson set up a semi against John Higgins. This was one of the best ever matches at the Crucible but ultimately Gilbert was on the wrong side of a 17-16 marathon. The performance on snooker’s biggest stage will have been excellent for his confidence and this season he can step up a gear.
Green Room Prediction: Will break his duck and pick up a ranking title this season. At 66/1 with Mr Green, he is a value bet for the World Championships.