October 28, 2013

International Championship Last 32

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 3:57 pm
Some are blaming Judd's off table antics for his loss of form.

Some are blaming Judd’s off table antics for his loss of form.

I’ve not been able to catch any of the action from Chengdu so far as the tournament enters the Last 32 phase on Tuesday, but hopefully that will change as the week progresses and my own schedule eases up a bit.

Effectively in terms of match betting I am coming into this as a 32 man event now having not seen how well players are playing out there. Of course even if I had been following it religiously it’s always difficult with so many matches going on to gauge who is playing well and who simply took advantage of a poor performance by an opponent in the first round so as far as I am concerned it’s very much the tournament starts here for me.

The main ‘shock’ and subsequent talking point of the first round is the holder and Ferrari pimp Judd Trump’s exit to Alan McManus after the hapless playboi made a rather rash and misguided prediction on the outcome of the week on Twitter after a night out on the lash with the lads. The premonition in fairness being about as accurate as Stevie Wonder playing darts.

Something isn’t quite right with Judders at the moment and to be fair to him he looked furious to have lost which is something he can feed off perhaps. The general concensus amongst fans, snooker chatters and tweeters is that it’s his lifestyle choices which are to blame but whether that is all his current dip can be put down to is unclear. I’ve heard on the grapevine that he’s seeing a sports shrink to try and get his mind focused again but I don’t know how true that is.

Either way, Angles is a proven winner and a very tough opponent even if you are playing well so perhaps once again, the ‘crisis’ talk about Trump is a little premature. It’s not like he’s been beaten by a novice but his season so far has been very poor by his high standards, standing in the high 50’s in the one season money list, he is more used Ford than shiny Ferrari at this stage of events.

Another big name casualty of a player bang in form at the moment was Stephen Maguire who fell to SB Classic 2013 runner-up Kyren Wilson 6-3. Kyren is on the crest of a wave on his return to the main tour and his results of late are proving that he’s got the game to compete with the big boys, he marches on to face another Scot, Graeme Dott next.

Apart from Judd’s and Maguire’s exits, on the face of it there have been very few surprise results in the first round, some might class the exit of Champion of Champions wildcard Shaun Murphy at the hands of Dave Gilbert as one but I don’t, Gilbert is a solid player who long-term readers of this tripe know I rate highly, I’m convinced he has a ranking event win in him before his career is over, meanwhile Shaun’s barren run in terms of trophies continues, but he gets in the CoC anyway.

The bloody wildcard that beat the Nugget and then Craig Steadman irks me as ever and I hope his time in the event is put to rest by Barry Hawkins on Day 3. I suppose the only other results that stand out as perhaps a little against the current form book are Peter Ebdon’s win over Jack Lisowski, perhaps signalling a return to form for Ebbo who has been woefully out of sorts lately for some time and Rob Milkins being beaten by the very capable and heavy scoring Kurt Maflin, other than that we’re left with more or less the field we might have predicted at the start.

Anyway, here is the line up for Tuesday, these early matches will largely pass me by, well they will fully pass me by in truth so anyone that watches them please feel free to give some pointers in the comments section.

Click on the match for head to heads where applicable courtesy of Cue Tracker.

Recommended Bets:

2 x 2 point singles and a 1 point double on Gilbert (5/4 Paddy Power) and McManus (6/4 Bet Victor) double pays best at Stan James at almost 9/2.

4 x 2 point singles and a 1 point acca on Carrington (+2.5) 8/11 Apollobet, Stevens (+2.5) 4/5 Apollobet, Allen (-2.5) 9/10 Apollobet, Ebdon (-1.5) Evens generally. Acca pays almost 10/1 at Bet 365.

1.30am (UK Time)

Dark Mavis v Stuart Carrington
Mark Allen v Dave Harold
John Higgins v Matthew Stevens
Joe Perry v Dave Gilbert


Alan McManus v Ryan Day
Fergal O’Brien v Rod Lawler/Aditya Mehta
Xiao Guodong v Marco Fu
James Wattana v Ding Junhui
Kyren Wilson v Graeme Dott
Mark Williams v Kurt Maflin


Barry Hawkins v Zhao Xintong
Peter Lines v Mark Selby
Neil Robertson v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Stuart Bingham v Martin Gould
Liang Wenbo v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Peter Ebdon v Mark Joyce

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