Snookerbacker

February 26, 2014

Welsh Open: Last 32 Day in Newport

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:53 am
Closing in on a century of centuries.

Closing in on a century of centuries.

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:

10:30am

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.

NB 1pm

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.

NB 2:00pm

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.

NB 7:00pm

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

You can view Apollobet’s Outright Market here and their match betting including Correct Scores and Handicaps here.

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  • Rana Mittra

    To be honest SB, as much as I like Ali, Robbo v MJW is the best match of the round, although surely Ali v Allen could’ve been on another session.

    Or even better, BBC Wales actually releases the pictures they have from that camera on Table 2.

  • Joe Gibney

    It’s like watching in China. Welshman scores, applause. Non-Welshman scores, silence. Good entertainment though between Robbo and MJW.

  • Joe Gibney

    Handy to get Robbo beat for the outright portfolio (have backed Ding, will cover on Ronnie during the week if need be).

  • Joe Gibney

    Mags doing very well (swollen disc on the base of his spine), but telly having no luck at all with their choice of matches, heading for another early night.
    TV table tomorrow is Carter/Selby, then Ronnie/Walden.

  • Joe Gibney

    To make you feel old….
    British Eurosport asked for any tweets.
    Someone tweeted their commentators David and Joe “Was Joe Johnson really world champion? It was before my time” :(

  • Joe Gibney

    Last time Ricky faced Ronnie produced one of the greatest hour’s snooker ever televised. But tomorrow is another day, and if Ricky realises (as I’m sure he does) that there was nothing he could do about Ronnie’s performance, then you never know.

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