(Dafabet) World Snooker Championship, Sheffield April 19th – May 5th
All matches live on the BBC and Eurosport
After Ronnie’s remarkable victory last year despite having taken a complete hiatus from competitive snooker for a full season it’s that time of year again to settle into the comfy chair, with a brandy and watch snooker until the wee hours of the morning every night.
There is no one on earth, or at least the world snooker tour who can even come close to an on form focused Ronne O’Sullivan, however the tour currently is the most competitive it has been for years as a dedicated snooker fan, I would say the current crop of players is more talented than any before them, and Barry Hearn has given the sport a well needed shot in the arm. I’ve quickly ran through the main contenders and players to watch out for below (as well as the best online gambling offers)– for those who like me look forward to 3 weeks of listening to Dennis Taylor , Steve Davis and John Parrott – and watching people potting more in one break than you managed in 3 visits to the local snooker club last month.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is unstoppable on his best form and will be going for his 3rd title in a row and 6th in all he has only lost in final frame deciders in the main events this year winning 3 of 6 main events he has entered, including the prestigious Masters and champion of champions trophy, as well as hitting a 147 in the final frame of the tournament whilst winning the Welsh Open
Ding Junhai has won 5 ranking events this year, and is in top form, Mark Selby is always dangerous, Judd Trump and Mark Allen are fun to watch and would be popular winners, Neil Robertson is 2nd seed and always a handful at this event, Barry Hawkins reached the final last year and Ali Carter is a double finalist but has a tough draw
A Blast from the past?
Previous winners John Higgins, Shaun Murphy and Ken Doherty are all unlikely to repeat their previous wins but have experience here. 2 scots who have both lost in 2 semis each in the past are Steven Maguire and Alan McManus both long shots as best days are behind them. All these players will be popular with the crowds though what with Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Peter Ebdon, Graeme Dott, Matthew Stevens, Deechwat Poomjaeng and Mark Williams all losing in qualifying.
From the top 16 Stuart Bingham and Marco Fu are probably the 2 to look at, Jamie Cope is a great player to watch, Martin Gould is a previous quarter finalist and qualified well. Robin Hull is from Finland so a bit of a novelty act Xio Guodong is a solid Chinese professional and Welshman Michael White is also a great break builder.
Best of the rest
Dominic Dale is a previous quarter finalist, Joe Perry, David Gilbert , Michael Holt and Ryan Day have been here before but are journeymen who will see the 2nd round as an achievement
Debutants Robbie Williams(!) Kyren Wilson & Michael Wasley could all also make a splash having fought through 4 matches to be here. Young scot Jamie Burnett is also well rated
Offers and Promotions:
Betfred will pay double odds IF O'Sullivan wins and hits highest break. Max Stake £200 Click here for details .
Boyles are money back on losing bets if Judd Trump wins the tournament. Max stake £100. Click here for details .
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