December 4, 2015

UK Championship Quarter Finals

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:49 am
Gracey - he loves it.

Gracey – he loves it.

Today sees the quarter finals played out in the UK Championship with the real big hitters being confined to the bottom half of the draw while the top half offers a great chance for a name that, with due respect to Marco Fu, we might not have expected to be contesting a major final this week.

This afternoon sees Marco taking on Liang Wenbo, who was accused yesterday of boring Tom Ford off the table, by, you guessed it, Tom Ford. Now Liang might be a lot of things but I’ve never found him boring to watch, maybe the odd expressions he pulls with that plasticine face of his has distracted me from it all these years but for me Ford is being a bit ungracious in defeat there.

Tom claimed to have heard a few people behind him saying they were bored, but you know what Tom? It takes two to tango and I’ll wager a bet that if someone was given the choice of who to watch between the two of you they’d probably plump for Liang, I know I would. Anyway it’s Wenbo and his bendy face, fist pumps, self slaps and ‘come-ons’ that marches on and he is a character when all is said and done, even if he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, including Tom’s.

The other tie this afternoon sees John Higgins taking on Neil Robertson. Robbo was in sublime form yesterday against Maguire and if he carries on like that then there is only one winner of this tournament. Despite John being in very good form, even him at his very very best would struggle to cope with the Robbo we saw yesterday and he’ll have to rely on a few slip ups today to be able to compete in my opinion, Robbo just looks too good to lose at the moment and I’d say the 4/7 about him in this match is still value.

Tonight sees surprise package and snooker’s new King of the Selfie, Leeds Giant David Grace take to the stage again to play Gouldy. Martin is many people’s idea of the player next in the pecking order to win a big ranker and if he was to do so here that’s some way to come to the big winners table. Gracey will be delighted to hear that I think Gouldy will win that one as he’s one of those players that always defies my careless judgement. Whoever wins will have a huge level of support in their semi-final I’d say as they are both very popular figures on the snooker circuit.

Tonight also sees World Number One Mark Selby taking on Marmite Matt Selt. Selby has also looked very solid and I don’t think there is anyone in snooker that wouldn’t like to see him and Robbo lock horns in the semi-finals. Selty, who seems to be using ball polish on his extra shiny bonce this week won’t be an easy hurdle to jump however and that could be a bit closer than the odds suggest. But you have to favour The Jester based on the fact that he never knows when he is beaten and can grind a result out even when he’s not at his best.

Bettingwise, it wasn’t a great Last 16 and only a tournament win now for Selby, Higgins or Gould can rescue us. It’s a shame as a lot of bets have fallen by the very slimmest of margins but in terms of the outright book, we’ll just have to hope that Robbo starts getting as careless as some of the bets in the last round were.


Marco Fu v Liang Wenbo

Neil Robertson v John Higgins


David Grace v Martin Gould

Mark Selby v Matt Selt

Recommended Bet: 2 point acca on Fu, Robertson, Gould (-1.5) and Selby (-1.5) pays almost 4/1. 

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