Snooker Betting: 2016 Shanghai Masters (19th-25th Sep)

September 24, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All,Snooker

Ding can be King in Shanghai

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Ding Junhui (Each-Way) at 12/1 with BetBright

Ronnie O’Sullivan is a very opposable 7/2 favourite in next week’s 2016 Shanghai Masters snooker.  

On his day everyone knows the 40-year-old is the best snooker player we have ever seen but nowadays he is good for just one ranking tournament win per-season.  In all of the last four seasons this is exactly how many majors he has won.  In the last seven seasons he has won seven ranking events, claiming two in 2011/12 but none in 2008/9.

But it is O’Sullivan’s questionable participation, not alone form, in the Far East which makes him so opposable. The Brit has not contested any of the last four Chinese Opens, withdrawing from that competition in 2014, something he also did in 2004.  

O’Sullivan has also skipped three of the last four Shanghai Masters. He was a first round casualty when he last played this competition in 2014 and withdrew from it in 2007 and 2010. Despite winning this competition in 2009, the balance of probability surely indicates he is far more likely than 7/2 not to win or simply withdraw from this event next week.

Identifying a winner is no easy task though.  The competition is awash with top-class players; Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Judd Trump are all priced-up at single digits.

But the list of finalists in ranking tournaments during the current season show how open the game currently is. Robertson beat Michael Holt in the Riga Masters, Anthony McGill beat Kyren Wilson in the Indian Open, Ali Carter beat Joe Perry in the World Open, Mark Selby accounted for Tom Ford in the Paul Hunter Classic and Ding Junhui prevailed against Stuart Bingham in the Six-Red World Championships.

We like Ding Junhui this week and that is not simply based on him being the player in form!  Missing three of four of the above events, the Chinese player showed he was returning to his brilliant best when proceeding through World Championship qualifiers and making the final of the World Championships at the start of May.

And on form, like that Six-Red Championship win suggests he is, Ding is a handful for anyone.  He has a brilliant record in the Far-East, winning this competition in 2013, being a semi-finalist in 2014, and a quarter finalist in 2015. He is also a four-time semi-finalist, a finalist and twice a winner of the China Open.

The kicker is the scheduled appointment with O’Sullivan in the quarter final stage of this tournament. Given we have concerns about O’Sullivan’s participation, Junhui looks a great bet and so is our snooker betting tip with either Boylesports or BetBright who go 12/1 and have each-way terms of 1-2.

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  1. Site Editor said on September 25, 2016 7:21 pm:

    Winner at 12/1! Hope some of you were on 🙂