December 2, 2015

UK Championship Last 16

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:53 am
Highly impressive against Allen.

Highly impressive against Allen.

Wednesday and Thursday see the Last 16 matches completed as the main arena is again transformed, this time from the four table set-up to the two main arena tables. Making it feel a lot more like the major event that it is.

There are some names left in this that we might not have expected to see but it’s still a high quality field and there is still a smattering of familiar names right at the top of the sport competing.

There have been some very decent matches and performances so far, perhaps the best in terms of quality that we have been able to watch might have been Martin Gould’s win over Mark Allen, but I also believe the performances of Luca Brecel and Stephen Maguire in the last 32 were pretty impressive.

Mark Selby did what he does best in snatching victory from not so much the jaws as the tonsils of defeat against Jamie Jones. Selby isn’t alone in wondering how he is still here and with him being the main selection in the outrights, I can only hope that he ups his game for the rest of the tournament.

John Higgins is the other selection still in there fighting and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that these two will lock horns in the semi-finals, meaning it’s probably time to have another look at the top half in the outrights given Allen’s departure. It’s all to play for.

Last night saw a monumental comeback from Dechawat Poomjaeng who came from 0-5 to beat Mark Joyce, it also saw a very odd match between Judd and Wenbo, Trump flew out of the traps and at one point was 279-0 up in points and totally dominating, Wenbo however somehow managed to claw his way back leaving Judd stunned at his exit, all most peculiar. Another talking point of course was Thepchaiya Un-Nooh’s careless final black maximum miss against Robbo for £40k, again, the tournament throwing up another surprise to get us all gabbing.

Bettingwise, the last round saw another frustrating mixed bag, wins for Swail and Ebdon kept the wolf from the door but again we keep finding one to let us down for a clear profit. But today is another day so let’s have a look at this round as there are a few interesting bets out there.

By the way, Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones is joining Ronnie and Jimmy on Eurosport tonight, as if the risk of the inevitable live TV meltdown courtesy of smirking troublemaker Mr Murray weren’t enough. Fortunately, Mr Wood is bringing his dog with him, by the end of the night it will be the only thing on there talking any sense, mark my words.

Below is the schedule for the next two days and a couple of bets. All matches will now be watchable somewhere or other from now on.

Don’t forget to check out the head to heads on Ron’s handy head to head page here.

Wednesday 1pm

Peter Ebdon v David Grace

Dechawat Poomjaeng v Mark Selby

Selections: Ebdon and Selby.

Wednesday 7pm

Marco Fu v Shaun Murphy

Luca Brecel v Matt Selt

Selections: Murphy and Brecel.

Thursday 1pm

Liang Wenbo v Tom Ford

Neil Robertson v  Stephen Maguire

Selections: Ford and Maguire

Thursday 7pm

Martin Gould v  Joe Swail

Jamie Burnett v John Higgins

Selections: Gould and Higgins.

RECOMMENDED BETS: 2 point treble pays over 10/1 at Paddies on these three matches being over 9.5 frames – Fu v Murphy, Robertson v Maguire, Gould v Swail. 2 points on Maguire to beat Robertson at 2/1 at Marathonbet. 2 point treble pays almost 5/1 at Bet 365 on all these players to make a century in their match – Selby, Murphy and Robertson. 1 point on Peter Ebdon to win the UK Championship at 33/1, 1 point on Martin Gould to win the UK Championship at 20/1.  

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