November 28, 2016

UK Championship Third Round

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:59 am

It’s time to bid a not so fond farewell to the Sports Hall today as the action now moves to the four tables in the main arena at The Barbican in York for the third round of the UK Championship.

It’s been a pretty eventful couple of days which saw some unlikely headline grabbers in amongst those still left competing. It seems Fergal O’Brien is following in the footsteps of recent fellow oldies in upping his game. The man with possibly the strangest facial expression when down on the shot banged in five centuries in his 6-5 win over Barry Hawkins, the first person ever to achieve such a feat. It’s also very much a case of ‘keep it in the family’ as Peter and Oli Lines continue their quest to keep the trophy in Yorkshire, Peter of course knocked out Robbo earlier in the contest and Oli last night completed a great win over Judd.

Of course there are still lots of established names left, not least Ronnie O’Sullivan who is yet to lose a frame, but let’s face it, he hasn’t exactly got a bad draw in this has he? He faces Michael Georgiou today and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he might carry on that streak and be 18-0 by around 2.30 this afternoon. Less convincing so far have been Ding Junhui and Mark Selby who will both need to lift their game several notches as the week goes on. John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, 147 man Mark Allen, Ali Carter and a few other established winners are all still in the mix too so there is still plenty to play for.

The running order for the next two days can be found by clicking here with how the draw pans out below, followed by a few bets.


Recommended Bets: Tasty Treble – Ali Carter, Peter Lines and Mark Williams pays over 13/2. Single Punt: Ronnie O’Sullivan to win 6-0 at 7/1. Tricky Trixie: Jamie Jones, Mitchell Mann and Fergal O’Brien – treble pays over 58/1. 

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