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World Grand Prix final preview: Judd Trump expected to maintain his winning run

After last weekend's title triumph at the Masters, world number four Judd Trump is bidding to follow up quickly by claiming more silverware in the World Grand Prix final.

Mark Williams was Trump's victim at Alexandra Palace last Sunday and this time he will be hoping that he can inflict some disappointment on a rejuvenated Mark Allen in Cheltenham.

After a quiet few campaigns on the baize, Allen has been the form player this term and is chasing his third title of the season after victories at the Northern Ireland Open - his home event - and the UK Championship.

Trump, a winner of this event in 2019, is 8/15 to come out on top again, with Northern Irish ace Allen a 6/4 chance.

Expect a closely-fought battle and this final to go over 16.5 frames is priced up at 4/5, but there is little doubt Trump is a worthy favourite given his recent string of victories.

WhatMark Allen v Judd Trump
WhereThe Centaur, Cheltenham
WhenFrom 13:00, Sunday 22nd January
How to watchITV4
OddsMark Allen 6/4, Judd Trump 8/15

Trump tough to contain

Trump won his second Masters title last weekend without playing anywhere near his best and that may spell danger for the rest in the coming month when it all clicks into gear.

Winning when not bringing your A-game to the table is a dangerous trait to have and the Juddernaut's performances have certainly improved as the tournament has progressed in Cheltenham.

Trump eased past Shaun Murphy 6-2 in his semi-final encounter and had earlier recorded comfortable victories over Hossein Vafaei, Luca Brecel and Xiao Guodong.

He has compiled four centuries across his four successes, too, and this longer best-of-19 format should ensure he adds to that tally.

It is 8/15 for Trump to make at least two century breaks. It is also worth remembering that he made knocks of 126 and 106 in last weekend's 10-8 win over Williams.

Interestingly, the world number four trails Allen 16-14 in their head-to-head battle, which suggests The Pistol doesn't hide away from the challenge when competing with Trump.

However, most of those matches have been over shorter formats than this one and Trump's defeats to Allen tend to be when they lock horns in best-of-nine contests. 

This is a local tournament for the 33-year-old Bristolonian and, having won it here in 2019, Trump is fancied to prevail again.

Trump's class should prevail over this distance and he has overcome Allen in three of their last five rivalries and the 8/11 for him winning by two or more frames is very much worth chancing.

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Allen has ridden his luck

Allen has had a remarkable start to the season, winning two titles at the Northern Ireland Open and the UK Championship, as well as finishing runner-up at the British Open.

This is already a fourth final of the campaign for The Pistol, so he is evidently doing something right, although he may not be performing quite to the levels he was earlier in the season and this rich run of form can't continue forever.

Allen needed deciding frames to see off Joe O'Connor and Jack Lisowski in previous rounds and he profited from a poor semi-final performance from Noppon Saengkham, who clearly wilted under the pressure of playing in the biggest game of his career.

While Trump has won his last 11 matches, Allen did come into this event on a run of back-to-back defeats, which included a 6-0 loss to Barry Hawkins in the opening round of The Masters.

The Northern Irishman has responded well to that setback, but he hasn't yet faced a player of Trump's magnitude with three of scalps ranked outside the world's top-16.

Allen did have a 133 break in his 4-2 win over Dave Gilbert in round one, while he also mustered a break of 127 in a 6-1 rout of Saengkham.

That makes the 11/10 on offer for him having the highest break in the match tempting.

On the whole, though, it is difficult to see Allen keeping up with a fired-up Trump and correct-score punters may want to take a chance on the Bristolonian to prevail 10-6 or 10-7, which are both available at 7/1.

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