October 26, 2016

International Championship Quarter Final Thursday

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:21 pm

day-5It’s Quarter Finals Day in China when eight become four and we find out who goes on to contest the two session semi-finals, the field remains top drawer with a world champion contesting each of the remaining matches.

Without doubt the story of the Last 16 is Hitman Michael Holt’s continuing hoodoo over Ronnie O’Sullivan. Some strange things have happened in 2016, Bowie, Wogan and Prince have sadly left us, Dumb Dave Cameron has not so sadly stepped down and taken his pal Gideon with him after his hapless political gamble blew up in his face leaving us all in the shit. We’ve got some bloke off a quiz show who told a pack of lies to oust Dumbo Dave in charge of foreign affairs at a crucial time in our history and of course America may be about to elect it’s most stupid and probably dangerous president ever, which is quite some going given some of the ones that have been before.

But Holty beating Ronnie 3 times? Does this surpass all of these strange phenomenon? A player that Holty himself once admitted ‘made me look rubbish’ on live TV is now putty in his hands. As one tweeter put it today, it’s getting to the point now where it’s a surprise if Ronnie does beat him, such is the power of his hold over the limp and misfiring rocket.

Of course it’s just one match and it will take that and a bit more for Holty to land the big prize this week but it’s clear for all to see that Terry ‘Dai Lama’ Griffiths is once again taking a player with some confidence issues and transforming him into a winning machine. I don’t know what he says to them or whether he puts something in their tea but Griff obviously has the magic that it takes to get through to these sometimes stubborn and ‘know it all’ potters.

The field is full of quality and proven winners, Stuart Bingham seems to be enjoying not being the world champion anymore and flew through against Ali Carter, perhaps he should try not being world champion again next season as he looks a different animal lately, just a suggestion. John Higgins is going about his business largely untroubled in defence of his title, Ding squeezed through another decider to meet Higgins next and many think he is destined to win this week. Add these in to Judd playing as he’s always promised he could, World Champion Selby getting somewhere near his brinkmanshipping best, Shaun Murphy solidly progressing with minimal damage and Joe Perry giving Robbo a thumping and we have some snooker still left to play.

I hope a few of you took the odds on Holt to win today after yesterday’s post, that price was ridiculous and I’ll bet you won’t see him that price if he faces Ronnie again.

So to Thursday…..

RECOMMENDED BETS: ACCA on Selby, Trump, Bingham and Over 9.5 frames in Higgins/Ding pays over 5/1 at Paddies.  

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