World Snooker Championship: Mark Allen to face debutant Mitchell Mann in opener

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Mark Allen confident for World Championship bid

Northern Ireland hope Mark Allen will face Crucible debutant Mitchell Mann in the first round at the World Championship in Sheffield.

Allen, 30, is now seventh in the world rankings following his recent victory at the Players Championship.

Birmingham player Mann, 24, booked his place at the Crucible by beating Thai talent Dechawat Poomjaeng 10-9 in the final qualifying round on Wednesday.

Mann won Junior Pot Black at the Crucible Theatre in 2007.

The championship begins in Sheffield on Saturday and continues through until 2 May.

Defending champion Stuart Bingham begins his challenge with a tough opener against two-time beaten finalist Ali Carter.

Full draw

Stuart Bingham v Ali Carter

Stephen Maguire v Alan McManus

Ricky Walden v Robbie Williams

John Higgins v Ryan Day

Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo

Martin Gould v Ding Junhui

Mark Williams v Graeme Dott

Neil Robertson v Michael Holt

Shaun Murphy v Anthony McGill

Marco Fu v Peter Ebdon

Barry Hawkins v Zhang Anda

Ronnie O'Sullivan v David Gilbert

Mark Allen v Mitchell Mann

Joe Perry v Kyren Wilson

Michael White v Sam Baird

Mark Selby v Robert Milkins

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