February 5, 2016

German Masters Day 3

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:43 am

Day 3It’s day three in Berlin and this is the day which sees four players playing in both sessions as the afternoon marks the end of the Last 16 and tonight sees all four Quarter Finals played, so it’s a very testing day for the four winners this afternoon, particularly if they start off with a close one.

It could be said that it’s been a tournament of shocks so far but it’s very rare now in snooker that everything goes to plan. Since we got here we’ve said goodbye against the odds to players like Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Mark Allen and Marco Fu, but none of the players that beat them can really be described as David to their Goliath. It seems to be the nature of snooker these days that anyone can beat anyone on any given day, even more so now given the frequency of tournaments, which makes betting on snooker that bit more difficult than it used to be.

One player that does look very focused again this week is Judd Trump, he’s dropped just one frame so far and made a century in three of the five frames he won against Zhang Anda. His new found dedication to the baize at the expense of ‘going out’ seems to be paying dividends and he has to be considered favourite to lift the trophy on Sunday on his current form, but we’ve said that a few times before and he’s not got over the line so you can’t really be too careful. Once again, the unpredictability of snooker.

Still in the hunt are two of my outright picks, main pick Maguire (22/1) is now second favourite after knocking out Selby last night and Kyren Wilson (40/1) produced a gritty fightback from 4-1 down to The Dentist, Rory McLeod yesterday to set up a match against Hitman Holt this afternoon, a dentist one day and a hitman the next, that’s rough. I also flagged up Mark King for the quarter he is in but didn’t include him in my bets, so just in case this wild punt goes any further and while he is still the rank outsider at the bookies I will correct that with a little bet below.

King faces Mark Joyce who knocked out Allen. Now I don’t know what the score is with these two but there certainly doesn’t appear to be any love lost on Allen’s part. He did a Q&A on Twitter after the match and more than once told the tweeting public of his dislike for both Joyce’s game and almost everything else about the seemingly mild-mannered Walsall potter. I’m not sure if the two have ever had words but it seems one of snooker’s more unlikely rivalries, hopefully they’ll draw each other at The Crucible this year and we’ll see full on handbags at dawn and a good old fashioned bit of needle.

This half of the draw does really offer a chance for a new name to make a ranking final, Luca Brecel and Kurt Maflin will both fancy their chances of at least a semi-final spot as will King and Joyce, there is the small matter of the World Champion at the bottom of the draw but he faces a tough one today in the shape of Ryan Day, another who many think should have a few titles under his belt at this stage in his career. With Kyren and Holty also in the mix, it’s all to play for in the bottom section.

The top half sees more established names already into the quarter finals with Judd taking on Martin Gould next and Mags facing a jock derby against Dotty. It’s still very hard to call so I’m not going to be going mad, just a daft acca below and that ‘just in case’ on King.

Recommended Bets: 1 point acca pays over 23/1 on Maflin, King, Wilson, Bingham, Maguire and Trump. 0.5 point each way on Mark King at 50/1.   


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