Free tips Snooker: 2017 World Championship
Selby’s fine form can carry him to the World Championship final
As defending champion Mark Selby will play in the opening game of the 2017 World Championship Snooker on Saturday morning. The 33-year-old who also won the title in 2014 faces off against Fergal O’Brien who he should dismiss with limited fuss.
The ‘Jester from Leicester’ goes into the competition as second favourite, available at a stand-out 5/1 with Coral. It is Judd Trump, the second seed, who starts as the competition’s favourite, a 4/1 best with Betfred. This duo will start from opposite ends of the draw.
Trump has earned his mantle as ‘jolly’ courtesy of his victory in last month’s Player’s Championship, featuring a select field of just 16 players. This was Trump’s second victory in a ranking tournament during the current season, he had previously won October’s European Masters beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 in the final.
But Selby’s credentials are even stronger. He has won four ranking tournaments this campaign including the most recent competition, the China Open. There was also an appearance in the final of the Shanghai Masters; he was beaten 10-6 by Ding Junhui in that decider.
Junhui was a finalist in last year’s World Championship and while his talent cannot be questioned, he rarely has it harnessed as underlined by just one ranking tournament title in the past three years.
Of those at the head of the betting Junhui is one of the first players we are happy to dismiss alongside Neil Robertson who has been eliminated in the opening round of World Championships three times in the past six years. The Australian lacked consistency in recent times and 12/1 looks very short about a player which is drawn to meet the in-form Marco Fu in the second round and, potentially, Mark Selby in the third round.
From that top-half of the draw it is hard to look past Selby albeit it does look the tougher bracket. Trump, resident in the bottom bracket, would certainly look to have the easier pathway to the final. Recognised names he could meet en-route to the final include John Higgins and Stuart Bingham.
And so, as predictable as it may be, Mark Selby is our primary recommendation at 9/4 to make the final.
Buy the Century Beaks
There were 86 Century Breaks in the 2016 World Championships as there were in 2015. Considering every judge in the game is adamant the standard of the game is improving, you have every reason you need to back 79.5 or more 100 breaks at 10/11 with Bet365.
One from Seven 147 Record
However, there has only been one 147 break posted during the competition since 2010 (by the now retired Stephen Hendry in 2012) and improving standards or otherwise you must like Betfair’s 5/6 about this being another barren year simply on value grounds.
- Mark Selby to reach the final 9/4 Sportingbet
- Total Century Breaks – Over 79.5 10/11 bet365
- No Maximum 147 Break during the tournament 5/6 Betfair