April 14, 2015

Qualifying Final Round: The Cubicle and The Crucible Await

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:46 am
You do not want to see this on Wednesday.

You do not want to see this on Wednesday.

Tuesday and in particular Wednesday are probably as tense as snooker gets. The final 32 from this year’s qualifiers are soon to become the 16 qualifiers for the best tournament the sport has to offer. Ankle clips at the ready.

There has been lots said about the new format, mostly by those criticising it who are the most affected, but you cannot deny that for the fans, this has been a real positive.

We’ve been hooked online since day one and that isn’t something that, hand on heart, you could have said about the old format. It’s not fair of course, just ask Martin Gould or Michael White, but the 16 winners on Wednesday will not care at all as they will have climbed the three obstacles that were put in their way by nasty old Bazza and will be ready for the fun to begin down the road on Saturday.

Personally I would have preferred eight matches played in full on Tuesday and the same on Wednesday, but they have gone with making all the players dwell on their first session overnight before reappearing to finish it all off on Wednesday, making the possibility of a few turnarounds far more likely in my opinion as the demons start to mess with leader’s minds in the dark hours. I just hope they have stocked up on toilet roll for the final day of play as they’re gonna need it.

So here is the running order, let battle commence.

Unfortunately, given the quick turnaround I can’t waffle on about these matches at length or try and get to the bottom of how Dr. Matt Selt managed to cure himself of manflu yesterday in a matter of hours while upsetting everyone on Twitter, more of that if he qualifies which I think he probably will, but regardless, I’ve given my predicted winners and who I would trust with a bet.  

If you want a look at the head to heads, head to Cue Tracker here and enter the two player names.

Tuesday and Wednesday 11am

Craig Steadman v Jamie Burnett
Mark King v Anthony McGill
Adam Duffy v Jamie Jones
Mitchell Mann v Alan McManus
Ryan Day v Jak Jones
Yu Delu v Graeme Dott
Dark Mavis v Ken Doherty
Matthew Stevens v Joe Swail

Predicted Winners: Burnett, McGill, Jones, Mann, Day, Dott, Mavis, Stevens.

Tuesday and Wednesday 5pm

Li Hang v Stuart Carrington
Robin Hull v Igor Figueiredo
Fergal O’Brien v Kurt Maflin
Zhang Anda v Liang Wenbo
Xiao Guodong v Jimmy Robertson
Robbie Williams v Michael Holt
Matthew Selt v Tom Ford
Andrew Higginson v Robert Milkins

Predicted Winners: Carrington, Hull, Maflin, Wenbo, Robertson, Holt, Selt, Milkins.

Recommended Bet: 3 points on Dott, Mavis, Hull and Maflin pays over 10/3 at Boyles. 1 point on Mitchell Mann at 4/1.

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