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International Championship (Including Qualifications)

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Qualifiers for this get underway tomorrow. The event doesn't start until August and this is a ranking event. Won by Mark Allen last year, this event has been going strong now for several years. The qualifiers much like the Riga are for a few days and so I'll see what we can find each day for value.

3.30pm matches :
Peter Ebdon takes on a man in decent form, Sohail Vahedi. I took Vahedi to qualify at Q-School at a very nice price of 25/1 and he duly obliged and he's scoring well. Ebdon on the other hand lost to O'Connor without even a 50 scored. Worth the value bet here. Meanwhile Shuan Murphy has a 2nd match in 2 days when he takes on up and coming Riley Parsons. I normally wouldn't give Riley a chance but we really don't know where Murphy's head is and for that reason alone 10/1 is huge.

8.30pm matches :
I will take David Lilley to beat Ken Doherty. Lilley was unlucky to get Lisowski in the Riga Masters but was still competitive. He was scoring well at Q-School with multiple centuries. Ken's had some poor results over the last year losing 6-1 to Ricky Walden and struggling against players like Andy Lee.

2pts S.Vahedi to beat P.Ebdon 11/4 bet365
1pts R.Parsons to beat S.Murphy 10/1 sportingbet
4pts D.Lilley to beat K.Doherty evens bet365

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Annoying day in which all 3 lead and lost. On to tomorrow

5pts C.Steadman to beat T.Pengfei 17/10 sportingbet
2pts J.Clarke to beat R.Day bet365

Steadman in some good form and Pengfei we're not sure of how he will play here. Day just looks awful recently in a spell which stretches back quite a way now.

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ah just noticed I didn't have the price on Clarke. Few for tomorrow that look quite nice value. Hopefully a few of the coin flip deciding frames goes my way.

2pts L.Hang (-1.5 frames) to beat E.Slessor evens paddypower
2pts J.O'Connor to beat J.Perry 11/5 betfred
2pts C.Zifan to beat R.Walden 7/2 ladbrokes
2pts J.Cahill to beat D.Gilbert 2/1 ladbrokes
2pts M.Xiwen to beat Yuelong 7/4 ladbrokes

Li Hang got a good result against Bingham without the need to score big. Slessor looked terrible in his loss at the Riga Masters. I would imagine Hang should be able to beat Slessor without too much lost. O'Connor is looking good right now and although Perry has beaten him in their 2 matches, Joe seems to be getting better with every game.

Walden looks quite poor at the moment. Despite beating the youngster Si, he looked shaky and Zifan could pounce on that. Cahill should give Gilbert problems unless Gilbert is in form and I'm not sure this event will be high on his priorities. Finally, Xiwen would give Yuelong a good game on form. Yuelong is playing well, but 7/4 looks the value call.

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Terrible tipping today. Apologies to anybody that was unfortunate enough to follow. I may have to be more selective in tournaments like these. Although I did lower the points on these. Looking at tomorrow for what it's worth..

Fraser Patrick beat Tom Ford in their only head-to-head 4-1 and they face eachother again tomorrow in the morning. The scot lost his Riga Masters qualifier to fellow scot, Donaldson but he played some decent stuff. Ford had some odd results though end of last season. I'll take Patrick on the handicap. 

Next I'll take Xu Si when he plays the out-of-form Andrew Higginson. Higginson was whitewashed in his Riga Masters match and lost a few matches at the end of last season he should have been winning. Xu Si is in abit of form after hitting plenty of centuries at Q-School.

next up I'll take Ian Burns against Scott Donaldson. Burns is a very capable player who I had some success backing last season and despite him losing the last head-to-head 4-2, prior to it he had won the prior 2 including a 5-0 whitewash. Finally, I'll take O'Neill to beat Maguire. O'Neill looked really impressive in his beating of Barry Hawkins and Maguire lost to Liam Highfield at the Riga a week ago. You have to wonder if Maguire will take this event seriously.

5pts F.Patrick (+2.5 frames) to beat T.Ford 4/5 boylesports
4pts I.Burns to beat S.Donaldson 15/8 coral
2pts X.Si to beat A.Higginson 6/4 boylesports
2.5pts J.O'Neill to beat S.Maguire 17/5 unibet


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