October 3, 2012

Polish PTC Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:00 pm

I think they are trying to say that it’s sunny there.

Friday sees the baize return to Poland and also to our screens as the EPTC2 gets underway at the Hala Sportowo-Widowiskowa in Gdynia, that’s easy for you to say. 

The qualifying for this was played out a few weeks ago in Sheffield and the likes of John Higgins, Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui and Mark Selby are still all left in it. With Ding and Higgins set to face each other in the Last 32. I’d personally like to wish the only amateur left in the event and Gloucester SB Classic entrant Kyren Wilson the very best of luck out there.

It’s also covered on Eurosport who did such a good job of covering the recent Shanghai Masters until it got to the final which they decided not to bother with, their schedule is here.

The now legendary World Snooker PDF file which looks like it’s been kicked around the office is here and anyone who happens to be in Poland can buy tickets for the event from here.

These are the Last 32 matches:

Stephen Maguire v Michael Wasley
Joe Perry v Dark Mavis
Andy Hicks v Liang Wenbo
Dave Harold v Jimmy White
Anthony McGill v Tian Pengfei
Stuart Bingham w/o Cao Yupeng (w/d)
Ben Woollaston v Martin Gould
Neil Robertson v Jamie Jones
Andrew Higginson v Stephen Lee
Michael Holt v Michael White
Ding Junhui v John Higgins
Fergal O’Brien v Mark Selby
Rory McLeod v Ken Doherty
Mark Joyce v Jamie Burnett
Kurt Maflin v Kyren Wilson
Tom Ford v Graeme Dott

I think the sensible approach to the outright markets is probably to find 4 decent value players, 1 from each of the quarters. In the top one, Stephen Maguire would be most people’s idea of a semi-finalist and he does seem to be enjoying the PTC’s this time around, but I’d be more inclined to plump for Joe Perry at 28/1 with Apollobet given his recent strong form. In the second quarter there are plenty of well-known faces including Neil Robertson and Stuart Bingham, but again the value is what I’ll plump for and another player in form and far too big a price with one firm is Martin Gould at 40/1 with Stan James, a price that I am certain will not last. Next up, all eyes will be on John Higgins against Ding Junhui and with Mark Selby also in this section it’s a real quarter of death, but the way Higgins is playing again I think the 9/1 on him over at Stan James is huge, he needs a run in a PTC and he usually saves his best for when he’s on telly, he has to be backed at that price. The bottom section is arguably the weakest, though the winner of Tom Ford and Graeme Dott will fancy their chances, but again I am going to take a punt on the value with Jamie Burnett at 50/1 with Stan James for no other reason than he tends to have runs in tournaments when you least expect it and is still a very heavy scorer when he’s in the mood, so they are my four against the field.

Recommended Bets: 2 points win on Higgins at 9/1, 1 point win on Gould at 40/1, 0.5 points each way on Perry at 28/1, 0.5 points each way on Burnett at 50/1.   

You can check out all the outright and match betting prices at blog partners Apollobet here

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