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Snooker World Championship Betting Tips and Bet Preview

Friday marks the start of another Snooker World Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield. The draw has been made and is featured below. Naturally, we want to focus in on the top sixteen players in the world. Whilst there are plenty of interesting matchups elsewhere, we want to be as safe as possible with our selections.

We will be aiming to pick out not just a tournament winner but a few prices that catch the eye over the opening few days of the tournament. Here’s the draw for the first round:

Stuart Bingham (1) v Ali Carter Stephen
Maguire (16) v Alan McManus
Ricky Walden (9) v Robbie Williams
John Higgins (8) v Ryan Day
Judd Trump (5) v Liang Wenbo
Martin Gould (12) v Ding Junhui
Mark Williams (13) v Graeme Dott
Neil Robertson (4) v Michael Holt
Shaun Murphy (3) v Anthony McGill
Marco Fu (14) v Peter Ebdon
Barry Hawkins (11) v Zhang Anda
Ronnie O’Sullivan (6) v David Gilbert
Mark Allen (7) v Mitchell Mann
Joe Perry (10) v Kyren Wilson
Michael White (15) v Sam Baird
Mark Selby (2) v Robert Milkins

It’d be easy to select that group of players on the left to all progress, but I don’t think it’ll be that easy. Peter Ebdon will be confident after a monumental comeback in his qualifier, as will Ding Junhui who is capable and breezed past Ross Muir. The likes of Dott and Carter are no mugs. There will be some surprises to be had, and we’ll aim to identity one amongst our group of bets.

The Defending Champ The first session of the opening day will take place on Saturday morning, as Stuart Bingham meets Ali Carter. That game really interests me.

It’s always hard when you’re a defending champion because people are gunning for you. Carter is no mug having been a final twice himself, and it’s safe to say Bingham could have had an easier draw.

Bingham is, however, still the world champion and he won that title because he has a lot of qualities in his game. He’s a 25/1 shot to win the entire thing again, whilst Carter is 66/1. So why I wonder are the odds for this game so close? Bingham is available at 1.73 whilst Carter can be backed at 2.30.

We’re going to lose a good player here regardless of what happens, but I don’t think any defending champion can allow themselves to go out in the first round of such a big event.

Bingham is not favoured in the slightest to come close to retaining his title, and that for me would be all the motivation I need.

You will find odds as low as 1.50 at present, so I think taking Bingham at 1.73 with Paddy Power is a really good piece of value.

King of the table Who will win it all? Well, as usual, the bookmakers say Ronnie. In fact he’s a clear distance ahead of the rest in terms of the prices. Ronnie can be backed at 2.88, whilst his closest challenger is expected to be Robertson at Trump at 7.00 and 8.00 respectively.

It’s hard to argue against a man that is an absolute legend of the game and rarely shows signs of slowing down. Ronnie is still more than capable of winning this tournament. After a short break he’s back. Was there ever any doubt he was going to want to come back here? Of course not!

As far as we know he’s fit and healthy and looking forward to this. He picked up the Welsh Open Title which was a nice warm up, comically refusing to complete his 147 break as he deemed the prize money an insult. I’m not sure many people would get away with that.

Is Ronnie the best there is/was? I don’t know. But more world titles wouldn’t hurt the case. I think he’s a stronger player than before and given what he’s been through, I think he’ll be more relaxed on the table. I think his opponents might find him tougher than ever to beat.

Neil Robertson has been as consistent as anyone this season. He’s really played well. After a slow start, Robertson found his feet and took the final of the Champions of Champions. Robertson then showed what a threat to O’Sullivan he is in Wales, leading him 5-2 in that Open final.

Robertson has reached the quarters or better on five occasions and of course won the title in 2010. Both him and Judd Trump have an easy path through as they face Holt and Wenbo in their first round matches. Backing the pair together with Sullivan produces a price of 1.60 for a very, very straight forward bet to open the tournament.

In terms of winning it all, it’s always easier to predict after a few games and we start to see how the schedule going forward is panning out, but I like many others will be hoping that Ronnie produces a dream return to the Crucible and equals Davis’ record of six world titles.

Back Ronnie O’Sullivan at 2.88 with Betfair

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