November 30, 2016

UK Championship Last 16

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:51 am

The next two days sees the third transformation of the set up at the Barbican as we move to the two table scenario to play the 8 matches of the next round which will see 16 players whittled down to the final 8.

Increasingly now we are used to seeing names left in at the business end which raise an eyebrow and this is no exception. Undoubtedly local lad Oli Lines is the one that most will be rooting for at the venue and he continues today against Marco Fu following his impressive disposal of Jimmy Robertson yesterday, also still in there are Ghou Yolonge and Zhang Anda from China, England’s Liam Highfield, Neath’s Jamie Jones and the Belgian Bullet Luca Brecel.

Whilst big names are toppling like skittles there are still those in there lurking that we might expect to go deep, World Champion Selby, Shaun Murphy, John Higgins, Mark Allen and a certain Mr O’Sullivan will all have their eyes on the prize and you’d imagine that some combination of these names will be going toe to toe on Sunday, but the way snooker is these days this is by no means guaranteed, this is 2016 after all.

Ronnie faces his first proper test this afternoon against Matthew Stevens who usually gives him a decent game, it should provide an indication as to whether Ronnie is a worthy tournament favourite as we can’t really judge this on his first three matches against very lowly ranked players, despite him only dropping a frame. He did at least acknowledge after the last one that he’s concerned at not being in the top 16 when the World Championship gets underway so we know he has one eye on his ranking status.

Anyway, it should be an interesting couple of days and it would be nice to see Oli get further, I think he has a decent chance today against Marco, after that, anything is a bonus.   


RECOMMENDED BETS: ACCA pays over 9/2 all handicaps plus 3.5 frames – Lines, Anda, Highfield, Yolonge. CHANCEY SINGLE – Oli Lines @5/2. TRICKY TRIXIE – Jamie Jones, Luca Brecel and Oli Lines (+1.5) – treble pays over 13/1. 

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