Betfred World Snooker Championship Betting Odds: Judgement day begins

Betfred World Snooker Championship Betting Odds: Ding through to judgement day

Tuesday marks the final stage of qualification for this year’s World Snooker Championship at the Crucible, in what will no doubt be a tense and fraught day of action.

Over the next couple of days, 32 players will be whittled down to 16 with the reward a spot in in the Sheffield showpiece.

On Monday, 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott rolled back the years as he produced a magnificent maximum break in defeating Pang Junxu.

Dott looked calm and composed throughout and the current world number 34 will face Welshman Jamie Clarke in the final stage on Tuesday.

The Scot said he was thrilled to even be within a chance of hitting the magic 147.

“It was actually nice just to get close,” said the former winner.

“I know that sounds a bit silly but I was just happy to get relatively close and get the chance of a max. I don’t get that many chances of making a 147.

“So when I potted the last red, I was just trying not to bottle it because everything was perfect.”

Former finalists Ali Carter and Matthew Stevens made it through on Monday, as did the dangerous Hossein Vafaei, who won his first ranking title earlier this year.

There will be no place for 2019 semi-finalist Gary Wilson who was thrashed 6-0 by Clarke, while experienced campaigners Joe Perry and Ryan Day fell short.

On Tuesday, the stakes are raised with matches now best of 19 frames as opposed to 11.

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Ding Junhui, a multiple UK Champion and Masters winner, finds himself in virtually unknown territory in the qualifiers after being near the top of the spot for so long.

He faces amateur David Lilley (Match Betting – Lilley 13/2, Ding 1/11) while Stephen Maguire plays Zhou Yuelong (Match Betting – Maguire 21/20, Zhou 4/5).

Another amateur Michael White is hoping to earn his way back into the Worlds after a six-year absence and he faces Northern Ireland’s Jordan Brown (Match Betting – White 21/20, Brown 4/5).

There will also definitely be a debutant with English youngsters Joe O’Connor and Ashley Hugill (Match Betting – O’Connor 4/7, Hugill 7/5) set to face off.

Player profile – Mark Selby (Outright – 10/1)

“Granite” is often a word used to describe Mark Selby’s snooker demeanour and that is the reason why he has been one of the most successful players in the last 15 years.

Selby, like many top stars, turned professional very young, and winning the 2008 Masters at his first attempt was the platform for him to achieve great things.

The “Jester From Leicester” is a four-time Crucible winner, overcoming Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ding Junhui, John Higgins, and Shaun Murphy last year to win the big prize.

He is one of the most resilient players on tour and he has the ability to frazzle opponents with his superb tactical mind.

Some fans are frustrated by what is perceived as slow play – a tweet from the 2019 Northern Ireland Open went viral as it showed Selby take over six minutes deliberating shot, in a split-screen with O’Sullivan’s fastest ever maximum from 1997.

However, there is no doubting his ability and 718 career centuries show he can build breaks as well as frustrate.

The only question coming to Sheffield is Selby’s mental state – the 38-year-old has been praised for admitting his struggles with depression, though his form this season has certainly suffered.

He has advanced beyond the third round of a ranking tournament only once, reaching the Grand Prix semis and there is a big cloud over his name despite arriving as the number one seed.

Sheffield would be the perfect place to banish those demons once and for all.

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Author: Lucille White