October 14, 2016

English Open Quarter Finals

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:03 am

It’s quarter finals day in Manchester and it’s fair to say there are a few names still in there fighting that we might not have expected after a day of shocks in the English Open yesterday which saw Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Allen, Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson all beaten by players way down the ranking list from them.


We do still have two world champions and two world runners-up in there but the undoubted star of the show lower down the ranks is Chris Wakelin, long regarded by the shrewdies amongst us as a decent prospect, the former Asda delivery driver made Ronnie look well past his sell-by date despite booking out of his hotel just before the match. Arguably even more impressively he then went one better in beating the in-form Xiao Guodong who had earlier come from 3-0 down to dump out another million pound hopeful Robbo.

There is still plenty to get involved in now we move to the best of nines, with tomorrow’s semi-finals being best of 11 followed by a two session final on Sunday. So will it be an established name who carries off the weight of snooker’s wannabe millionaire at the end of this, or will we be seeing a first time ranking winner lifting the Steve Davis Trophy on Sunday evening?

Recommended Bets: Hawkins (-1.5 frames), Higgins (+2.5 frames), Wenbo (-1.5 frames) and Wakelin (+2.5 frames) – go for trebles and an acca, acca best priced over 11.5/1 at Marathon Bet. If I was going to recommend a decent single bet, Hawkins at 5/6 would be the one.   

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