Free tip World Snooker betting: Ali Carter can cruise past Alan McManus in the 2nd round
Recommended 2nd Round Bets (Thursday)
Ali Carter (-2.5 frames) to beat Alan McManus at 10/11 William Hill
Anthony McGill to beat Marco Fu at 6/4 Betfred
Ali Carter and Alan McManus both made it into this year’s 2016 Betfred World Snooker Championship via the difficult qualification route which saw them play and win three ‘best of 19’ games during the course of a week. The pair then immediately proceeded to cause upsets when deposing of the reigning World Champion, Stuart Bingham, and Stephen Maguire in the opening round of the competition.
In defeating Bingham, Carter took a 2-1 lead by frame 3. He quickly raced clear by 5-frames-to-1 and then withheld a spirited charge by Bingham which saw the defending champion go 9-8 ahead before winning the final two frames.
McManus victory over Maguire came via a string of six winning frames which took him from 3-1 down to 7-3 ahead. He never relinquished the lead thereafter and won with a 10-7 score-line.
This pairing, who now clash on Thursday in the second round, most recently met in the opening round of this competition 12 months ago. Carter was then an automatic seed (No. 13) and McManus a qualifier. The outcome was a 10-5 victory for Carter who, at 36, is nine years McManus’ junior.
Carter is our strong fancy to prevail again with a similar score-line predicted. Overcoming cancer at the start of the 2014/15 season, he has been a quarter finalist in two recent majors (World Grand Prix and Players Championship finals).
But it is break building that makes him such a good thing against McManus this week. Carter posted a 102 in the opening round and a 101, 111, 111, 130 and 138 during the qualifiers. McManus, on the other hand, did not post a single century during the same period.
McGill Can Surprise
Anthony McGill is another qualifier who accounted for a seeded rival – last year’s runner-up Shaun Murphy – in the opening round. It is extremely strong form.
Glaswegian McGill has also showed some strength in the break building department. The 25-year-old posted a 119 and 117 during his 10-8 defeat of Murphy and he posted three more century+ breaks in the qualifiers.
His reward is a second round clash with the No. 14 seed, Marco Fu, a player he has lost to the twice they have met. However, their last meeting was over two years ago and McGill is a much improved player.
Fu posted 138 and 111 breaks during his 10-2 opening round defeat of Peter Ebdon, but his overall recent form is a very mixed bag. He lost four of his five matches in January’s Championship League and has been beaten by Neil Robertson (6-0 & 4-2), Kurt Maflin (5-0), Mark Selby (4-1), Thepchaiya Un-No (4-3), Ricky Walden (4-2) and Judd Trump (5-1) since. Of course he has won some games along the way but mainly against lowly rivals.
Given McGill’s confidence must be rising as he is only 25 and he is taken to prevail against his older Hong Kong rival who could capitulate quickly if a tenacious McGill can get an early lead.