ROCKET RONNIE TO WIN AT DECENT ODDS?
This Saturday sees the start of the 40th staging of the Betfred World Snooker Championship at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. As a betting opportunity, it appears to be a very tough call with plenty of players coming into the tournament with good form behind them. Consequently, it’s had a significant effect on the market resulting in some very enticing prices for the high profile campaigners. This is certainly the case with Ronnie O’Sullivan, five times winner and still arguably the most gifted player in the world. However, age is creeping up on him and at the age of 41 he might not be as sharp as he once was and of course no player over the age of 40 has won a World Championship since Ray Reardon in 1978. Nevertheless, the daring tenacity certainly is still there and if he is concentrating 100%, he is near unbeatable. If he’s on top of his game and glides to the last eight then the 11/2 (Sky Bet, Sporting Bet, Stan James) still available will look very good value indeed.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is aiming to be the oldest World Champion since Ray Reardon won as a 41 year old in 1978.
Judd Trump is having a formidable season and rightly justifies favouritism after having won the China Open and European Masters last year. His record in the World Championship has been generally consistent having reached one final and two semi-finals. However at 4/1 best with the tournament sponsors Betfred, he doesn’t offer great value and would probably be better pounced upon in the latter stages of the tournament.
Judd Trump is tournament favourite
Mark Selby, current number one and reigning holder of the World Championship is a solid form choice to win. For me, he is the complete player. Not only is he probably the best safety player (a skill so often overlooked in the modern game) around but he is a consistent break builder. He is in great form this season, having picked up 4 major trophies including the UK Championship. He knows The Crucible well having won the title twice in 2014 and 2016. He is the selection for me and can be grabbed presently at best price 5/1 with Betfred and Coral which seems good value to me.
Mark Selby twice winner looks set to take all the beating this year.
Of the rest, it’s pretty hard to make a strong betting case for any of them in terms of the outright markets. Stuart Bingham has won it before and wouldn’t surprise many to make it to a final once again (25/1 Betfred) whilst Shaun Murphy also looks enticing at 25/1 (Sporting Bet, Boylesports), also having won the Title before. Therefore, the best option would be to seek the up and coming younger stars who might make an impression this time round. Kyren Wilson from Kettering seems to fit the profile.
RISING TALENT KYREN WILSON
Despite not having won a ranking title this season, Kyren Wilson has made it to one final and two semi-final appearances including The China Open where he was narrowly beaten by World No.1, Mark Selby. He will be taking part in the tournament this year in his own right having made it into the top 16. His form at The Crucible is varied having failed qualification at one attempt, knocked out of the first round at one but his quarter final appearance last year puts him firmly in the radar. He will have to up his game considerably to feature in the latter stages again but at 40/1 best with Betfred, this is well worth a little investment perhaps each way (1/2 odds) as a final appearance is not out of the question.
Rising star Kyren Wilson will be looking to make a big impression this year.
FIRST ROUND MATCHES: POTENTIAL SHOCKER?
The First Round matches also represent an interesting market. Although the matches involving top 6 players should be avoided as prices are unsurprisingly exorbitant, it always worth looking to see if a potential upset could be on the cards. Graham Dott at 5/2 (Sky Bet) to beat Ali Carter would not be in any stretch of the imagination an upset and this should be seized upon.
Current Betfred World Championship Snooker Outright Win Odds
- Judd Trump: 4/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Mark Selby: 5/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Ronnie O'Sullivan: 11/2 with Sky Bet - Bet Here!
- Neil Robertson: 14/1 with Boylesports - Bet Here!
- Ding Junhui: 14/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Barry Hawkins: 16/1 with bet365 - Bet Here!
- John Higgins: 18/1 with Sporting Bet - Bet Here!
- Marco Fu: 22/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Shaun Murphy: 25/1 with Boylesports - Bet Here!
- Stuart Bingham: 25/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Kyren Wilson: 40/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Mark Allen: 40/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Allister Carter: 50/1 with Betfair Sportsbook - Bet Here!
- Stephen Maquire: 80/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Any others at least 100/1 or more!
- Ronnie O'Sullivan - 11/2 with Sky Bet - Bet Here!
- Mark Selby - 5/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
- Kyren Wilson - 40/1 with Betfred - Bet Here!
Good luck with all your World Snooker Championship bets!