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A while to go yet until the big one but I want to get this in early as the price will no doubt come down if he wins the Players Championship.

Neil Robertson just looks so good right now. He has the natural long potting ability to his game still ofcourse, but he is now winning ugly too. He can now come back into games he is 2-0, 3-0, 4-0 down from and win 6-4. He has battle qualities now and has already won tournaments this year. I don't think he needs to fear anybody and will take an early 14/1 price on him.

5pts N.Robertson to win the World Championship 14/1 bet365

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Wells covers the handicap atleast. Haotian loses, but Georgiou wins. More important James Cahill hits a 25/1 winner as he beats Judge and wins group 13.

M. Holt to qualify for world championships 4.00 bet365 Xiao Guodong is the favourite to qualify for The Crucible from this group where Michael Holt is in as the natural second. Xiao Guodong shoul

Been too busy, but as soon as I saw Higgins was only 2 behind after being 6 behind. I fancied him to do the job and evens was probably about the right odds, but a bet you'd take 9 times out of 10 - go

Well, that 14/1 looks big now... Robertson after winning the China Open puts himself into the easier side of the draw and stays away from Trump and Ronnie until the final. Great stuff for him. Qualifiers start mid-week for this but the general draw is here :

M.Williams Vs Qualifier
Gilbert Vs Qualifier
Hawkins Vs Qualifier
K.Wilson Vs Qualifier

Higgins Vs Qualifier
Bingham Vs Qualifier
Murphy Vs Qualifier
N.Robertson Vs Qualifier

Selby Vs Qualifier
Brecel Vs Qualifier
Lisowski Vs Qualifier
Allen Vs Qualifier

Trump Vs Qualifier
Ding Vs Qualifier
Maguire Vs Qualifier
O'Sullivan Vs Qualifier

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M. Holt to qualify for world championships 4.00 bet365

Xiao Guodong is the favourite to qualify for The Crucible from this group where Michael Holt is in as the natural second. Xiao Guodong should reach the quali final but Peter Lines who is the likely second round for him can be a tough opponent to get rid of. Michael Holt beat Xiao Guodong in China last week for the first time after losing 5 in a row to the chinese. Michael shouldn't have any problems getting past Brandon Sargeant in the first round and in second round Andrew Higginson likely awaits who he should beat so he should reach the final where I think he'll be facing Peter Lines or Xiao Goudong.

I think Holt has better chances to qualify from his group than the odds suggest so the value is on Holt.

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I'm looking through these markets and some of the prices for winning a couple of games of snooker are just crazy so I'll be looking for the value for this market and then onto the matches.

I won't go too much into depth with reasoning because it will take me all day with so many groups :

4pts R.Walden (group 10) 7/4 Ladbrokes
2pts H.Vafaei (group 7) 11/2  Ladbrokes
2pts C.Wakelin (group 1) 7/2 Betfred
1.5pts A.Hamilton (group 15) 10/1 Ladbrokes
1pt R.Lawler (group 11) 28/1 ladbrokes
1pt J.O'Connor (group 12) 10/1 betfred
0.5pts A.Hugill (group 4) 66/1 Ladbrokes

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I am going to swerve any bets where my qualification bet is also a part of it so for example i wont take Vafaei to beat Zhang as i have him to qualify.

I will take Ebdon and Un-Nooh on the handicap. Ebdon has been there and done it and Chandler is a player who i think struggles with nerves abit. He never seems to really get into a break and breaks down frequently. I would be suprised if he mad 5 frames today. Same as Bagley really. Un-Nooh with his pace should put pressure on him straight away.

6pts P.Ebdon (-4.5 frames) to beat H.Chandler 4/6 boylesports
5pts Un-Nooh (-6.5 frames) to beat Bagley 11/10 bet365


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One more for the 2.30pm starters. Albeit they will finish tomorrow.

I have James to win the group (so to speak) but I very much like him on the handicap. All 3 of the matches between these two would have been covered here and Cahill has won 1 of the last 2 even. I expect it to be a close one. Cahill has every chance.

5pts J.Cahill (+2.5 frames) to beat A.Higginson evens betvictor

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Looking ahead to tomorrow :

Dom Dale plays Chris Totten in one of the 10'o'clock matches and I'm not convinced that Dale will have it easy. Dale won 3 on the trot against Totten until the last matchup in Ireland where Totten got the better of him. I just don't see how Totten is 7/1 here. In my eyes, Dales last good result was beating Holt in Germany 5-1 which is the only "decent" result I think he's had this year. If I'm honest Totten has just a poor record this year, but he did beat Dale 4-3 the last time they played and I just cannot see Dale thrashing anybody right now

Robin Hull takes on Yuelong and Hull looks some value at as big as 4/1. Hull won both head-2-heads between these two. Both in 2017 and both with ease (6-2 and 4-1) I know that Yuelong has improved since then but we haven't really seen him play well since losing out to Xintong in that strange match between friends. Hull, by all means, hasn't had a great year but the strong head-2-head and the possibility of Yuelong not being on it appeals. I will leave the handicap alone on this and just have a little 1.5pt throw at this match.

5.5pts C.Totten (+5.5 frames) to beat D.Dale 8/11 Ladbrokes
1.5pts R.Hull to beat Z. Yuelong 4/1 Betfred
1.5pts C.Totten to beat D.Dale 7/1 bet365

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16 hours ago, aussietennisexpert said:

vafaei nice and easy win :+1:


Playing well too. Fancy him against Wells too.

10am matches :
McManus takes on female Ng On Yee and you would have to fancy McManus to win heavily. Yee was here last year and got smashed by Selt 10-1 and I would expect a similar result. Mark Davis takes on Rod Lawler and I'll play it safe and back the handicap on that. You would have to think Lawler has a chance though. Davis is not playing well atall and lost to a 16 year old at the China Open.

Sam Criaige as I'm sure many would have seen, I've back quite alot in the past and I'm taking him to beat Rhys Clark on the handicap. Craigie is a powerful scorer and Clark.. well just isnt'

2.30pm matches:
Ali Carter faces Paul Davison and I'll be taking Ali on the handicap here. Ali is another league to Davison and an event as big as this, I expect him to fully compete this week and to qualify with ease.

10pts (Under 13.5 frames) A.McManus Vs Ng On Yee 7/10 coral
7pts R.Lawler (+4.5 frames) Vs M.Davis 4/7 paddypower
5.5pts S.Craigie (-4.5 frames) to beat R.Clark 10/11 paddypower
7pts A.Carter (-4.5 frames) to beat P.Davison 4/7 Paddypower

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least the other bets won to cover McManus being crap. One for today i like

3pts S.O'Sullivan to beat Xu Si. 3/1 betfred

Not 100% convinced with how the Chinese players perform in these longer events and the one time they played went to a deciding frame so worth a punt on Sean i think.

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Bit of a shocking performance from Sean, mixed with a decent performance from Si. Alot of the morning games are ones I've backed on outrights so I've left them alone personally but few for the half 2 games I like.

Jones had had a decent year. 3 50+ breaks in his win in the previous round. McGill, the same 3 50+ breaks. one head-2-head between the two, which Mgill won, but McGill can be very up and down and he's had a dodgy year. Jones has beaten some decent opposition this year, including Ding, Trump, Guodong, and I would expect him to atleast get close, if not get the win.

5pts D.Jones (+3.5 frames) to beat A.McGill 4/5 betvictor
2pts D.Jones to beat A.McGill 5/2 sportingbet

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Not the best session for Jones but had every chance and I still think he can cover the handicap. I'm going to take a look at tomorrow's matches so I'm not rushing tomorrow. 

I like Carter to win on a handicap, but there is just no value. They have set the line at 5.5 which I think is just abit of a joke. Yes, Carter could cover that but not at even to odds on. Not for me. 

Ian Burns takes on Li Hang and Burns beat Hang 4-0 on their only h2h. It's hard to truly know both of the players form based on their opponent but Burns hit 4 50+ breaks and one century against a rather surprisingly half-decent Farakh Ajaib, who himself hit 3 50+ breaks. Li Hang meanwhile hit 3 50+ breaks himself in beating Zhuang. The value has to side with Ian Burns who is still being set as such big underdog status. I will take him on the handicap.

Lu Ning faces Mark King. A rematch of the China Open (where Ning won 6-2) not much would have changed in that time. King won his last round but 3 50+ breaks against Figuerido compared to Lu Ning's classy performance against Taylor where he got 1 century and another 6 50+ breaks would point towards a repeat win for Ning.

Finally, something tells me John Astley is a good shout against Michael White. I just can't trust White to win a game unless it's somebody very poor. He scored half decent in his previous match but it was against a poor player to be fair. I think Astley will score strong himself and make this a tight contest and if it starts going against White, I can see him folding.

5pts I.Burns (+3.5 frames) to beat L.Hang 6/5 Paddypower
5pts L.Ning (-1.5 frames) to beat M.King 6/5 Paddypower
5pts J.Astley to beat M.White 6/5 bet365



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On ‎4‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 4:30 PM, Fader said:

Awful tip on the McManus match and 10pts bet. Apoligies for this. Underestimated how crap McManus truly is.

Why apologies?

4/4 so far this WC, I picked the right ones I guess.

Today I followed you with Ning (straight, not handicap), great odds!


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Outsiders day tomorrow : 

Daniel Wells is in the form of his life at present. Despite Vafaei being 4-2 up and 5-4 up, at 6-6 Wells put his foot down and won the last 4 frames. In that match, he scored 3 centuries and 6 50+. So 9 50+ breaks. He looked very good in the previous round too when he beat capable fellow Welshman Clarke. He got 2 centuries there too. I can't see Gould beating him by a big margin so I'll certainly be on the handicap, but I think he can win the match. I worry alittle about the nerves late on, but that's why I'll take both in this one.

Mark Davis takes on Haotian and I'll be taking Haotian. Lyu beat Davis in March 4-2 and although this is a completely different match and one that will probably be close, I just fancy Haotian on the scoring. The gritty close frames may go to Davis, but on the whole, you'd have to fancy the young Haotian.

I have to take on Bingtao. I just can't see the love for him. He is a decent player, but Georgiou looked good against Ebdon and I think he can beat Bingtao. I just can't ignore the odds on this one. 

6pts D.Wells (+3.5 frames) to beat M.Gould 4/6 Betfred
2.5pts D.Wells to beat M.Gould 11/5 Betfred
5pts L.Haotian to beat M.Davis 11/10 Betfred
2.5pts M.Georgiou to beat Y. Bingtao 11/5 bet365



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On 4/8/2019 at 12:10 PM, Fader said:

Well, that 14/1 looks big now... Robertson after winning the China Open puts himself into the easier side of the draw and stays away from Trump and Ronnie until the final. Great stuff for him. Qualifiers start mid-week for this but the general draw is here :

M.Williams Vs Gould
Gilbert Vs Perry
Hawkins Vs Li Hang
K.Wilson Vs Donaldson

Higgins Vs Davis
Bingham Vs Dott
Murphy Vs Honghao
N.Robertson Vs Georgiou

Selby Vs Xintong
Brecel Vs G.Wilson
Lisowski Vs Carter
Allen Vs Yuelong

Trump Vs Un-Nooh
Ding Vs McGill
Maguire Vs Pengfei
O'Sullivan Vs Cahill

Full draw. All starts Saturday

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To add to the Robbo pick, I have 3 more. Hawkins I fancy to beat Hang and K.Wilson and then Williams would be the test, but Williams has shown no form. Semi-final vs Robbo, I would fancy Robbo, but for 25/1 a nice alternative. Allen, in the other half, i would fancy against Yuelong and then he would face my 3rd tip Carter. Winner of that beats Selby in my eyes, which puts them up against Trump or Ronnie for a place in the final. Carter is huge, and fears nobody.

2pts E/W B.Hawkins to win the World Championship 25/1 bet365
2pts E/W M.Allen to win the World Championship 20/1 bet365
1pt E/W A.Carter to win the World Championship 125/1 boylesports

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Bingham Vs Dott   Bingham -1 @ 4/7 PP

Lisowski Vs Carter  Lisowski @ 5/6 PP

Ding Vs McGill  Ding -1 @ 1/2 PP


Bingham won 13-5 in their only previous World Championship meeting. Am very confident of a comfortable victory for Bingham.

Lisowski has had a real breakthrough season and should have too much for Carter.

Ding beat McGill 13-4 in last year Worlds and has an unbeaten record against him.

Bet: 250 Possible return: 1,080


My two bets are both straight forecasts, each for 20.

1. Trump to beat Robertson in the final @ 25/1 PP

2. Robertson to beat Trump in the final @ 28/1 PP

My reasoning is that Robertson is the form horse coming into this tournament and has the easier half of the draw. Trump is playing very well at the minute and Ronnie is the only player I can see beating him. Having said that, O'Sullivan doesn't like playing Trump and I feel that Trump will prevail in their quarter.




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The problem with Judd Trump is his cue action. He's as talented as it comes, but he hits the ball so hard that when the real big pressure comes, he will naturally tense up too much and that's when you see him miss a ball by a mile.

I played snooker to a high level for 10 years, so I can spot this very easily. At the World Championships, he wants it so bad, the pressure just seems to mount up too much and he's crumbled numerous times where his cue action has just gone to shit.

The likes of Ronnie in comparison, truly is a Rolls Royce cue action. He'll be hard to beat.

Neil Robertson is very suited to the WC format and should go a long way. Barry Hawkins also loves this venue, but just doesn't seem to have that extra gear, something I also lacked! :rollin 


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Ronnie O'sullivan -6.5 frames v James Cahill 2.10 Unibet

Ronnie should honestly be trustworthy enough to lose a maximum of 3 frames against the first ever amateur to qualify for The Crucible.

Neil Robertson -4.5 frames v Michael Georgiou 1.56 Unibet

I don't know mutch about Georgiou so someone please feel free to enlighten me about him if there's anything important to put me off this bet. I think Neil should take this by at least 5 frames so 10-5 minimum against the first ever cypriot to qualify for The Crucible.

Luo Honghao +3.5 frames v Shaun Murphy 1.62 Unibet

Shaun is doing his worst ever season on tour so I doubt he's got enough for a win by more than 3 frames if he even wins the match which certainly is no certainty.

Joe Perry to beat David Gilbert 1.83 Unibet

Joe Perry the hottest qualifier of them all reeling of 30 frames without any problem at all. He only dropped 5 frames in the three qualifying matches and he's lethal at The Crucible. Nobody wants to face this guy in the first round and certainly not the last player to gain direct entry to the maindraw. David has beaten Joe before but only in matches of the shorter format of first to 5 frames. The only time it was to 6 frames Joe won 6-3 and now it's best of 19 so I'd say Joe takes this. 

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