It’s a big day in Newport today as all the remaining 32 players are in action to whittle the field down to 16 for tomorrow. The big names are continuing by and large to prove that whether they start in the Last 128 or the Last 32 they’ll still be the ones there at the business end of things.
There is of course still the possibility of a shock winner but with every round this is looking less and less likely. There are a few cracking ties today including the one I’m most interested in between Ali Carter and Mark Allen, last time they played it ended quite tetchy as Mark accused Ali of purposely putting him off by moving in his seat. There’s nothing like a bit of needle to spice things up.
That said, they are scheduled to play at the same time as Robbo and MJW so I’m guessing with this ridiculous home player bias they have in Wales it won’t be televised, which is quite frustrating. It’s about time that they just showed the best match and not the one that has the Welsh player in it.
Neil Robertson’s surge towards 100 hundreds continues at a pace and surely now it’s only a question of when, rather than if, he will achieve this incredible feat. Ronnie is making his way through the field and obviously while he’s still there he is the one they will all be looking at over their shoulder.
All 4 outright selections are still there in the shape of Judd, Ding, Dotty and Bingham. Incredibly, Ding has lost just 2 main ranking event matches all season and looks to again be in sparkling form, the 9/1 pre-tournament odds may look very big come Sunday but I still have a feeling Judd is the man to be on this week.
The recommended acca went in again yesterday and the tricky treble produced two out of three but in this case Meat Loaf is wrong. Anyway, we’re still nicely ahead on the betting front so all’s good.
Here’s today with predicted winners and a recommended acca:
James Wattana v Joel Walker
Scott Donaldson v Andrew Higginson
Dominic Dale v Mark Selby
Shaun Murphy v Liang Wenbo
Predicted Winners: Walker, Higginson, Selby, Wenbo.
Ricky Walden v Anthony Hamilton
Matthew Stevens v Joe Perry
Mark Allen v Ali Carter
Neil Robertson v Mark Williams
Predicted Winners: Walden, Perry, Carter, Robertson.
Stuart Bingham v Michael Holt
Xiao Guodong v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Graeme Dott v Marco Fu
Judd Trump v Anthony McGill
Predicted Winners: Bingham, O’Sullivan, Dott, Trump.
Jack Lisowski v Barry Hawkins
Mark King v John Higgins
Stephen Maguire v Andrew Pagett
Ben Woollaston v Ding Junhui
Predicted Winners: Lisowski, Higgins, Maguire, Ding.
Recommended Bet: 2 point acca pays over 4/1 at Apollobet on: Higginson, Walden, Robertson, Maguire and Higgins.
If you want to find out the head to heads for the matches the only place to do that is at Cue Tracker by clicking here