November 25, 2010

UK Qualifiers Day 3: Afternoon Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:28 am

Enter the Legend

This afternoon it’s not only parts of the UK that are white, both Jimmy and Michael take to the baize in their bid to make it to Telford.

Anthony McGill also starts out and regulars will know that I have been routinely backing him in each of the PTC’s this year in the hope that his big breakthrough will come sooner rather than later. To no avail but it’s still early days for John Higgins’ practice partner.

Belgium will also be on high alert as carpenter Bjorn Haneveer attempts to make the televised stages of a ranking event once more.

So to business, as ever where there is a head to head stat it is included in the preview and all prices are correct at time of writing.

Anthony McGill v Patrick Wallace

Anthony has been a very busy lad since he turned professional earlier this year. He has been an ever present at the PTC events and has risen to 61st in the provisional rankings as a result of this. Notable victories under his belt include Stephen Maguire and Stephen Hendry both of whom he beat 4-0, there aren’t many, if any professionals who can claim these kind of scalps within months of starting their new profession. Patrick Wallace is a tricky customer and is capable of playing some good stuff, he coasted through his first match and will be all the sharper for it, but I am going to side with the Scot as I think he is another that is going places.

Recommended Bet: Anthony McGill 8/13 at Paddy Power

Bjorn Haneveer v Simon Bedford

Bedford squeezed through his first match 9-8 on the black last night and I’m sure will be on a high just from that. Bjorn had a decent run towards the end of last season reaching the final stages of the China Open and only narrowly missing out to Martin Gould for a Crucible slot. But in amongst his highlights he does tend to throw in the odd turkey. I would not back him at the current odds of 4/7 as I don’t believe he should be that price to win this, but by the same token I wouldn’t back his opponent with any confidence either. No value to be had here, run along now.

Michael White v David Morris (H2H 0-1)

Two improving players. Morris made the televised stages of the World Open losing to eventual winner Robbo whilst his opponent White has been benefitting hugely from the PTC events and managed to make the Quarter Final in one of them. Michael started poorly in his first match but upped his game when he could have fallen a long way behind, a sign that he’s a battler. But I marginally favour Morris in this, he’s 20 places higher than White in the rankings, is more experienced yet is odds against to win with one firm. I think he’s worth a bet.

Recommended Bet: David Morris at 11/10 with Sportingbet.

Jimmy White v Adam Wicheard

Enter the Wind! The newly crowned World Seniors Champion goes back to basics today and faces the dangerous Wicheard. His first round win against Joe Delaney was not wholly unexpected but the 9-3 scoreline arguably was. Anyone who backs Jimmy at 1/3 to win this match needs their head examining in my humble opinion. The value is the 12/5 at Paddy Power on his opponent.  As ever though I hope Jimmy wins as I’d love to see him back at the big venues playing well. I’m not going to recommend a bet in this, though I am tempted, I have to stay loyal to Jimmy.

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