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October 28, 2014

International Championship Last 16

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All he wants is some COC action.

All he wants is some COC action.

Well, well, well, who would have thought it? First Shaun Murphy gets hammered by Rob Milkins, then Mark Williams turns back the clock to wallop Barry Hawkins, then Joe Swail produces a vintage comeback to oust Robbo and as if that wasn’t unbelievable enough then Judd Trump loses a decider to Jamie ’30 feathers’ Burnett!! You couldn’t make it up guv’nor.

So what is going on in Chengdu? Only 5 of the 16 left in it are top 16 players and even Ronnie has decided to play seriously this time. It’s almost like all of what we know to be true isn’t true after all and falsehoods and ancient myths become truths and the world has been spun around and turned on it’s head. Next thing Peter Ebdon will be tucking into a steak and Rod Lawler will beat Ronnie’s fastest 147 record. I need a lie down, Nurse – fetch the bedpan.

With all these bizarre twists and turns going on it’s easy to lose sight of what a blessing some of these results are for good old dictator chairman Bazza’s big ITV event, the Champion of Champions or #COC next week.

Had some of the names knocked out today stayed in Chengdu any longer the start of the tournament would possibly have involved Steve Davis playing Dommo Dale three times on the first day with Mark Selby reffing. But as ever, it’s all fallen into place for Baz and now he can get his top boys like Selby, Robbo, Ding, Murphy and Judd to open the show in style for the great coverage being afforded it by ITV4. Isn’t it odd how it all works out sometimes??? Almost like it was planned.

One person who won’t care much for all this series of unpredictable events is Ali Carter. Hanging by a thread onto his place in Coventry and hoping that either Ronnie, Mark Allen, Ricky Walden, Ballrun Bingham or Marco Fu can win it so he can make his main tour comeback next week. Poor Ali, he’s been through the mill and back and still he must sit and wait to see if he can get his stick out a few weeks earlier than planned following his General Cup success in Hong Kong last week.

In terms of betting, it’s time to just give up on the match bets and get really excited about who we still have left in from the recommended outright bets. Mark Allen at 14/1 came back from a slow start to beat Gouldy today, Peter Ebdon seemed in fine fettle in walloping Joe Perry and the 250/1 recommended on him now looks a little more exciting, we also have Xiao Guodong who is obviously now another big contender, he was 66/1 when recommended, he damn sure ain’t that now.

Here’s the line up for Wednesday. Is it Ronnie’s to lose? I wouldn’t be so sure.  

6.30am

Joe Swail v Ricky Walden
Marco Fu v Rod Lawler
Mark Williams v Sam Baird
Robert Milkins v Xiao Guodong

11.30am

Peter Ebdon v Jamie Burnett
Michael White v Ian Burns
Li Hang v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Stuart Bingham v Mark Allen

Predicted Winners: Swail, Fu, MJW, Guodong, Ebdon, White, O’Sullivan, Allen.

October 27, 2014

International Championship Last 32

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:04 pm
Ronnie: Dodged a Woolett

Ronnie: Dodged a Woolett

It’s the last 32 in Chengdu as the International Championship continues at a pace rushing through the rounds at breakneck speed on the six table set up.

As a traditionalist anorak, this tournament leaves me in something of a quandary, on the one side we have long matches including the two session semi-finals which haven’t been seen in other main ranking events since the UK Championship was massacred by Bazza and his daft flat format idea, but on the downside is all these tables….we don’t get any idea of how some players are playing as we never see them and that is made even worse when the World Snooker scoreboard breaks down as it did today.

I know, in a perfect world I’d just want best of 17’s in every round  with 32 players competing on two televised tables, but unfortunately we are told that the audiences of today would find that format far too boring and long winded.

Well stuff ‘em is what I say and let’s get back to that kind of format whether they want it or not, sod what the market researchers say I say. Show the wildcards the door, get rid of this ridiculous cramming of sardines into a tin at the main venues and let’s sit back and watch them all grind it out over 31 frame finals.

Anyway, back in the real world, I’ve managed to catch snippits of this and it looks like Ronnie dodged a bullet against Ben Wollaston, who, but for one shot could have sent the Rocket home but failed. As did Eurosport who didn’t show the resulting re-spotted black as they had carelessly misread the score. The same dodge tactic can’t be said for Scottish duo John Higgins and Stephen Maguire who both came a cropper. Poor old Higgy was wandering around with a shovel looking for a bulls arse to hit at times, he’s well out of sorts isn’t he?

But there are still enough big names in there to keep us interested, Robbo, Judd, Smurf, Ballrun, MJW, Hawk and Rod. I’m also delighted to see SB Classic runner-up from last season Mitchell Mann starting his professional career with a bang and he’s up against Michael White in the first session at 1.30am UK time.

Here’s the running order for the last 32, which will all be completed in a day. Joe Davis would be turning in his grave…

Recommended Bets: 2 point acca on Murphy, Guodong, Walden and Fu pays 9/4. 1 point double on Peter Ebdon and Ryan Day pays over 13/2. 1 point on McGill to beat Ronnie at 11/2.

1.30am

Stuart Bingham v Ryan Day
Sam Baird v Dark Mavis
Ian Burns v Craig Steadman
Mitchell Mann v Michael White

6.30am

Neil Robertson v Joe Swail
Joe Perry v Peter Ebdon
Shaun Murphy v Robert Milkins
Xiao Guodong v Noppon Saengkham
Fergal O’Brien v Rod Lawler
Barry Hawkins v Mark Williams

11.30am

Zhou Yuelong v Ricky Walden
Jamie Burnett v Judd Trump
Marco Fu v David Gilbert
Anthony McGill v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Martin Gould v Mark Allen
Li Hang v Zhao Xintong

Snookerbacker Classic – Saturday Qualifier Prices Available

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SB2015 A4 Poster2On Saturday this season’s Snookerbacker Classic gets underway in Gloucester with a 16 player qualifying event to find this season’s first Grand Finalist.

Boylesports have priced up Saturday’s outright market and last season’s semi-finalist Jamie Clarke is favourite in a highly competitive field which also includes former champion Martin O’Donnell, former Grand Finalists Syd Wilson, Ryan Causton, Andy Marriott, Zack Richardson and Callum Lloyd as well as Ladies World Champion Reanne Evans and SB Classic debutant Sean O’Sullivan.

You can view the draw for Saturday here.

You can view the outrights for Qualifier 1 and the tournament outright betting by clicking here.

In terms of the overall betting on this season’s champion, Sam Craigie, who isn’t involved at Gloucester, has been something of a gamble and has been backed in from 16/1 to 8/1 favourite to lift the trophy. 

There are still a few places left for the Leeds event on Sunday 30th November at the Northern Snooker Centre, if you would like one of them click this link and get your payment in.  

To read all about the tournament, view available venues, prizes and terms and conditions click here.

October 24, 2014

International Championship Preview

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Int ChampsSunday sees the start of undoubtedly the best tournament China has to offer both in terms of prize money and format. Even in its short time on the circuit the International Championship is now firmly established as one of snooker’s biggest events.

In fact, since they butchered and ruined the UK Championship format, I’d say this is actually a more prestigious title to hold, the money is the same after all. Add to that it’s got long matches from the start and two session semi-finals and the bluff old traditionalist anoraks like me are dancing in the streets with ecstatic abandon clutching our almanacs.

Another bonus is that Ronnie O’Sullivan is in it, OK he might not last long, he rarely does these days when he’s over there but he’s in the hat and faces Ben Woollaston first up. Interestingly but perhaps not suprisingly our Ronald doesn’t make the editors cut on the promotional posters, will they rue the day they missed his moody boat race off the visuals? Maybe.

The two glaring absentees over in Chengdu however are World Champion Mark Selby and the increasingly elusive Ding Junhui. Selby was toppled by the man of the moment, boy wonder Oli Lines and the holder Ding lost to fellow Chinese player Wang Zepeng, meaning that the home crowd are left wondering where he’s got to for the second time this season. Barnsley has a lot to answer for. Let’s just hope this gaping void does not further effect the poor crowds which seem to be commonplace in Chinese events when he isn’t there.

The draw for the final stages, which unfortunately includes unnecessary wildcards who don’t deserve a place in the tournament can be viewed on My First PDF at World Snooker by clicking here. The match schedule is listed below.

In terms of the outrights, the bookies are taking no chances whatsoever with Ronnie, I was surprised when clicking on the prices to see him so short given his recent forays in China have not exactly been hugely successful and that his form coming into this is largely unknown (and he’s not on the poster which automatically rules him out of course), he can be backed anywhere between 2/1 and 10/3 but that’s no sort of price for me, he’s not a bet in this even if he turns it on, which would be totally at odds with what he’s done here for quite a few years now.

It’s always worth considering a Chinese player to do well and the 66/1 about Xiao Guodong, who for me is the second best player China has at the moment is worth a small wager. He’s been to a ranking final in China before and is more than capable of doing so again with the home crowd behind him.

My habit of backing Alan McManus for nearly everything this season shows no sign of disappearing, I still think he’ll win something, though knowing my luck it will be the shootout or something like that, but the 175/1 on him, even though he may face Ronnie in Round 2 (who he beat last time they met in China) is big enough to tempt me in again.

Another old geezer who appears to be coming back to form and who has history of winning tournaments in China when you least expect it is Peter Ebdon, who can be backed as big as 250/1 if you have a good look around. It would be hard for any fan to accept that Ebdon will never grace the winners mantle again, he may not be everyone’s favourite to watch, not me I hasten to add as I find his unique shot selection quite fascinating, but he’s one of snooker’s biggest characters and only the harshest fan would begrudge him another title or two before he hangs up his carrot bag.

In terms of a more realistic winner, I have to plump for Mark Allen. His form is solid, he’s on a good winning streak and he represents a bit of value in the market given his draw and the absence of Ding in the top half. It’s also probably worth covering that with one of the poster boys and as Shaun Murphy is in sparkling form and he’s a generous 14/1, let’s have a punt on him aswell for the heck of it.

It’s very early in the morning for us Europeans to be up watching the first session and that is the biggest drawback of this championship as you don’t really get to see a lot of it unless you live the week on China Time. There will be plenty of coverage throughout the week on Eurosport though for insomniacs and early risers everywhere.

Recommended Outright Bets: 2 points each way Mark Allen at 14/1. 2 points win on Shaun Murphy at 14/1. 1 point each way on Alan McManus at 175/1. 1 point each way on Xiao Guodong at 66/1. 0.5 points each way on Peter Ebdon at 250/1.  

Recommended Match Acca: 3 points at over 11/2 with Boyles on Ryan Day, Alan McManus, Kyren Wilson and Matthew Stevens. Add Peter Ebdon for 2 points at over 8/1 with the same firm. Add Mark Williams for 1 point at almost 11/1 with Corals. 2 points on Zak Surety to beat Dave Gilbert at 5/2.

Sunday

1.30am
Stuart Bingham v Robbie Williams
Barry Hawkins v Jimmy White
Jamie Jones v Zhao Xintong
Oli Lines v Huang Jiahao
Martin Gould v Joel Walker
Mark Joyce v Ryan Day

6.30am
John Higgins v Li Hang
Oliver Brown v Mark Williams
Joe Swail v Yan Bingtao
Mitchell Mann v Niu Zhuang
Alan McManus v Anthony McGill
Aditya Mehta v Michael White

11.30am
Ben Woollaston v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Nigel Bond v Mark Allen
Craig Steadman v Graeme Dott
Dominic Dale v Ian Burns
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Dark Mavis
Sam Baird v Kyren Wilson

Monday

1.30am
Shaun Murphy v Yu Delu
Wang ZePeng v Mitchell Mann/Niu Zhuang
Noppon Saengkham v Stephen Maguire
Andrew Pagett v Peter Ebdon
Dave Gilbert v Zak Surety
Jamie Jones/Zhao Xintong v Kurt Maflin

6.30am
Neil Robertson v Matt Selt
Marco Fu v Liam Highfield
Zhou Yuelong v Chris Melling
Matthew Stevens v Jamie Burnett
Fergal O’Brien v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Joe Swail/Yan Bingtao v Andrew Higginson

11.30am
Jimmy Robertson v Judd Trump
Xiao Guodong v Eden Sharav
David Morris v Ricky Walden
Joe Perry v Mike Dunn
Barry Pinches v Robert Milkins
Rod Lawler v Oli Lines/Huang Jiahao

October 5, 2014

Bulgarian Open: Finals Day in Sofia

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It’s Finals Day over in Sofia and here is a run down of what to expect today. The first match on TV at 8am British time is the one between The Whirlwind and Shaun Murphy. We still have Murphy (16/1) and Alan McManus (100/1 e/w) in the hunt bettingwise so fingers crossed on those.

8am

Mark Selby v Robbie Williams
Shaun Murphy v Jimmy White
Michael White v Jimmy Robertson
Luca Brecel v Mark King
Ricky Walden v Martin Gould
Mark Davis v Alan McManus
Joe Perry v Peter Ebdon
Michael Wasley v Judd Trump

11am

Quarter Finals
Mark Selby/Robbie Williams v Shaun Murphy/Jimmy White
Michael White/Jimmy Robertson v Luca Brecel/Mark King
Ricky Walden/Martin Gould v Mark Davis/Alan McManus
Joe Perry/Peter Ebdon v Michael Wasley/Judd Trump


2pm

Semi Finals

6pm

Final

October 2, 2014

Bulgarian Open Preview

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 12:49 pm
An understated entrance.

An understated entrance.

Sofia it is that stages the third European Tour Championship event of the season in what now has become an established stop for the snooker tour bus.

Talking of buses, take a look at the way a few of the amateur boys have been arriving at the venue. The picture accompanying this post shows none other than my pal Syd Wilson in this plush, ever-so-slightly camp, blinged-up bus which is ferrying the potters to and from the airport, mirrorballs and all.

You can almost hear the smooooth tones of Barry White, the old Walrus of Love, in the background as the Bulgarian ladies throw their knickers and themselves into the arms of these bussed up baize boys. It puts me in mind of the old Bolton Stud and snooker’s greatest ever shagger Tony Knowles from back in the day…how the other half live eh?

Anyway, I’m sure all these distractions won’t stop them from getting serious on the table and Eurosport are also there to cover all the action (from the table, not the bus) from Friday while Syd and the gang try and qualify to that stage through the amateur rounds beforehand.

Looking at the draw, I’ll take one player from each section, all of whom I think have a very decent chance of making it to the Finals Day on Sunday and two of whom are priced in three figures.

In the top section, despite a tricky first round tie against Joel Walker I’ll plump for Shaun Murphy, a favourite with the European crowds who usually ends up winning an event like this each season. In section 2 and given his first round bye and what I’d class as a very winnable path to the last 16 I’m going for Rod Lawler, he’s in good form and like a fine wine is getting better with age.

Another player fitting the fine wine category is Alan McManus, shooting up the rankings and enjoying a resurgence in his career. Angles narrowly missed landing a massive each way gamble last time I flagged him up and I’m keeping the faith with the tartan trousered one. Finally, you have to respect the chances of Neil Robertson who barring accidents must surely land in Finals Day unscathed.

2 x 2 point win bets on Robertson (13/2) and Murphy (16/1). 1 x 1 point e/w at 1/4 odds 1-2-3-4 with Skybet on Lawler (150/1) and McManus (100/1)

Click here for the draw – the times below are UK times.

Friday 7.30am

Mark Selby v Barry Pinches
Joe Swail v Jeff Jacobs
Nigel Bond v Peter Lines
Fraser Patrick v Alex Taubman
Matthew Selt v Sam Harvey
David Gilbert v Mitchell Mann
Robbie Williams v Hammad Miah
Robert Milkins v Christopher Keogan
Kyren Wilson v Josh Boileau
Stuart Carrington w/o Tony Drago  

Approx 9am

Stephen Maguire w/o Dave Harold
James Cahill w/o Robin Hull
Michael Leslie v Zak Surety
Jimmy White v Sydney Wilson
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Matthew Day
Fergal O’Brien v Ahmed Saif

Approx 9.30am

Mark Joyce v Ryan Clark
Sam Baird v Ashley Hugill
Luca Brecel v Craig Steadman
Liam Highfield v Adam Duffy

Approx 10.30am

Shaun Murphy v Joel Walker
Mark King v Alex Borg
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Kurt Maflin
Anthony McGill v Lee Walker

Approx 11am

Chris Wakelin v Nico Elton
Noppon Saengkham v Elliot Slessor
Dominic Dale v Vinnie Calabrese
Dark Mavis v Michael Georgiou

Approx 12pm

Mike Dunn v Tom Ford
Gary Wilson v Ken Doherty
Jak Jones v Alfie Burden
Alan McManus v Kacper Filipiak

FOLLOWED BY LATER ROUNDS

Saturday 7.30am

Rod Lawler w/o Allister Carter
Ben Woollaston v Andrew Pagett
Anthony Hamilton v Rory McLeod
Michael White v Ian Burns
Jamie Cope v Thomas J Dowling
Michael Holt v Tomasz Skalski
Jimmy Robertson v Alex Davies
Aditya Mehta v Mitchell Travis
Stuart Bingham v David Grace
Martin Gould v Ross Muir

Approx 9am

Ricky Walden v Gareth Allen
Ryan Day w/o Jamie Burnett
Jack Lisowski v Jeff Cundy
Mark Williams v Oliver Lines
Jamie Jones v Alexander Ursenbacher
Marco Fu v Chris Norbury

Approx 9.30am

Tian Pengfei v Andrew Higginson
Barry Hawkins v Sanderson Lam
Matthew Stevens v Ben Jones
Scott Donaldson w/o Steve Mifsud

Approx 10.30am

Xiao Guodong v Joe Perry
Neil Robertson v Steven Hallworth
Gerard Greene v Eden Sharav
Chris Melling v Grzegorz Biemadski

Approx 11am

Peter Ebdon v Paul Davison
Michael Wasley v John Astley
Allan Taylor v Lee Page
Liang Wenbo v Lyu Haotian

Approx 12pm

Graeme Dott v Brandon Sargeant
Ian Glover v Ratchayothin Yotharuck
John Higgins v Michael Williams
Judd Trump v Ashley Carty

FOLLOWED BY LATER ROUNDS

October 1, 2014

Snookerbacker Classic Outright Prices Now Available

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It’s the highest profile amateur tournament on the snooker circuit and ahead of the start of the 2015 Snookerbacker Classic on 1st November, Boylesports have today priced up the odds on next year’s champion.

Paul ‘Snowy’ Davison heads the field at 9/1 favourite, with last season’s champion Ant Parsons second favourite at 10/1 to retain his title.

2012 champion Martin O’Donnell is 11/1 while recent International Championship qualifier and SB Classic debutant Eden Sharav is 12/1.

SB2015 A4 Poster1 with amends

There are a host of familiar and not so familiar amateur names in there and it’s probably the most open Classic ever (god, I sound like Bazza)…anyway, if you fancy a punt on the tournament click here to view the prices.

There are still some places left in Preston and Leeds events in November and the first players to pay the entry fee will nab them, don’t miss out, you’ll regret it when it gets under way just have plenty have before.

To see why this is a ‘must enter’ click here and to get your fee in for Preston (3 places left) or Leeds (6 places left) click here.

September 25, 2014

Hearn Denies Wrongdoing in Qualifying Match

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Troublemaking again

Troublemaking again

Last night, while I was quietly minding my own business I received a text message with the picture accompanying this post on it. Obviously, being an inquisitive, some might argue persistent pain in the arse type of person, I went public with it on Twitter.

Almost immediately and after several retweets from people far more interesting than I am, I started receiving details via direct messages of what exactly was going on in terms of bets on the match involving Jamie Burnett and Irish amateur player John Sutton, someone who I know personally given his involvement in the SB Classic in 2012.

Oddly, when I first made this public an avalanche, well perhaps that’s over-egging it a bit, more a meandering stream of replies and opinions came back to me presuming that Burnett was ‘at it’. I’m not sure why this was presumed by so many people following Jamie’s acquittal of any wrongdoing in a match a while ago against his mate Mags which involved half of Glasgow correctly guessing the score and also resulted in a midnight visit from Taggart to yours truly.

What transpired and became clear from the direct messages I had been getting was that this was simply not the case, the Twitter sleuths had got the wrong man and it was volume and size of bets on Burnett to win, by a long margin, which were the cause of concern at the bookies.

I received information from a very trusted source (a source said….) that the concerns were based on bets ‘on Burnett -3.5 frames, -4.5 frames and to win 6-0′ from people known to John Sutton. I was also alerted by a totally independent source working in the snooker betting industry (an insider told me…) that a ‘huge bet on 6-0′ had been refused earlier in the day. This later transpired to be a five figure sum.

The people involved will, I’m sure, be forwarding details in a more formal way and through the proper channels to the chairman, Barry Hearn, who as we know talks a tough game when it comes to fixing and fiddling, Stephen Lee would I’m sure testify to that.

But in the meantime, I decided to alert him to the activity in a more informal manner, his response, once it clicked what match I was on about was typically forthright. ‘Total Rubbish!’ he screamed back from behind his desk at Bazza Towers. When pressed further by someone else he barked:

and he then, having misguidedly got into a conversation with Andrew Pagget (never a good idea) claimed that I was attention seeking and had no real idea, both of which are fair points and one of which is certainly true. I’m not sure what his reference to bras was all about but I have lost my shirt on a few bets in the past and I’m all for equality:

So Barry, at least as things were left last night is having none of it, just as he wasn’t in the matches between Steve Davis and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Passakorn Suwannawat and Mo Khairy and Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon and Ross Muir, all of which I tweeted an uncannily accurate prediction on before a ball was struck, based on the same evidence as last night. Beginners luck perhaps.

A couple of current and former snooker players also waded in with their opinions, these seemed to be based on what they believed the score would have been regardless of the betting patterns, which of course is a fair point, though does not really take into account the level of interest on this match compared to the others as well as the (I stress unsubstantiated) claims that the big money backing the score was coming from people known to one of the players.

Of course, all this does not necessarily mean that the player had any knowledge of these bets, maybe his mates just think he’s shit or knew he hadn’t been playing well, remember Joe Jogia’s defence that he was hobbling around after falling over pissed so all his mates backed the other fella? That kind of thing.

I like John and I hope this is a storm in a teacup and that Bazza’s refusal to listen to me is a wise move, let’s be honest, I refuse to listen to myself sometimes the way I bang on about stuff. But his approach is one I find quite baffling to be honest, if he genuinely has evidence that the majority of the bets were on 6-1 and 6-2 and that all John’s mates got taken, bra’s and all, to the cleaners, then that’s fine and we can all move on and I’ll be looking for more reliable sources in the future. But if, and it is a big if, he is getting a little confused as to what -3.5 frames (Burnett to win AT LEAST 6-2) and -4.5 frames (Burnett to win AT LEAST 6-1) means then he (or more likely those supplying him with the information) may need to do more homework on how betting works. But surely they can’t be that wet behind the ears? Either way, what industry people are telling me is not the same as what Bazza is being told.

All I can say is that it’s now four times this has happened and results/scores were known to the Twitter community before either player got their stick out. That surely is worthy of looking into in greater depth than a head in the sand 140 character (well, 65 if you want to be picky) point blank and frankly quite rude rebuttal. Isn’t it?

Anyone fancy a Guinness? My round.

September 20, 2014

International Championship Qualifiers Preview

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Ding won a vase last year.

Ding won a vase last year.

It’s a long way from Chengdu, but Barnsley it is that hosts the first round of the International Championship from Monday. This is a tournament which I enjoy and is the best one China hosts, by virtue of the fact that the matches are a little bit longer with all these ones being the best of eleven frames, making them a much more enticing betting proposition. The prize money on offer also ranks this right up there with the majors.

There are 64 matches in all to be played out with all the major players involved, apart of course from Ali Carter whose recovery is now thankfully complete. He’ll be getting back into the cockpit for the Bulgarian PTC and we can’t wait to welcome him back to the snooker world after his incredibly brave fight against his health problems.

Below I have listed the matches as they are played. There will be coverage on the usual betting sites as well as the World Snooker TV live channel.

There are plenty of betting opportunities available so we’ll see if we can continue the good run from the Shanghai Masters. The fact that these are best of 11 means for me, this is one of the best betting few days of the season.

If you want to view head to heads, where there is one, just click on the match and take a look, courtesy of Cue Tracker. Note that a lot of these matches are first time meetings.

(S) denotes live streamed matches.

Monday 22nd of September 

9.30am

Peter Lines v Mitchell Mann
Aditya Mehta v James Wattana (S)
Michael White v Sean O’Sullivan (S)
Dominic Dale v Vinnie Calabrese
Jack Lisowski v Ian Burns
Cao Yupeng v Craig Steadman

Predicted Winners: Mann, Mehta, White, Dale, Lisowski, Steadman.

2.30pm

Ding Junhui v Wang ZePeng (S)
Graeme Dott v Lee Page
Robbie Williams v Ahmed Saif
Mark Williams v Scott Donaldson (S)
Luca Brecel v Chris Melling

Predicted Winners: Ding, Dott, Williams, Williams, Melling.

7.30pm

Mark Joyce v Lu Ning
Ken Doherty v Joel Walker (S)
Kurt Maflin v Elliot Slessor
Neil Robertson v Alex Borg (S)
Matthew Selt v Alex Pagulayan

Predicted Winners: Joyce, Walker, Maflin, Robertson, Selt.

Tuesday 23rd of September 

9.30am

Ryan Day v Lu Haotian (S)
Martin Gould v Cao XinLong
Nigel Bond v Joe O’Connor
Barry Hawkins v Ratchayothin Yotharuck (S)
Jamie Cope v Oliver Brown
Kyren Wilson v Ross Muir

Predicted Winners: Day, Gould, Bond, Hawkins, Cope, Wilson.

2.30pm

Stuart Bingham v Michael Wasley (S)
Jimmy White v Alex Davies
Michael Holt v Sam Baird (S)
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Steven Hallworth
Mark King v Zak Surety

Predicted Winners: Bingham, White, Holt, Poomjaeng, King.

7.30pm

Dark Mavis v Lee Walker (S)
John Higgins v Stuart Carrington (S)
Gary Wilson v Li Hang
Jamie Jones v Zhang Anda
Alan McManus v Michael Georgiou

Predicted Winners: Mavis, Higgins, Wilson, Jones, McManus.

Wednesday 24th of September 

9.30am

Anthony McGill v Ashley Carty
Ben Woollaston v Sydney Wilson
Tom Ford v Joe Swail
Andrew Higginson v Chris Wakelin
Liang Wenbo v Zhou Yuelong (S)
Ricky Walden v Lu Chenwei (S)

Predicted Winners: McGill, Woollaston, Swail, Wakelin, Wenbo, Walden.

2.30pm

David Morris v John Astley
Joe Perry v Chris Norbury (S)
Mike Dunn v Matthew Day
Rory McLeod v Andrew Pagett
Judd Trump v Ian Glover (S)

Predicted Winners: Morris, Perry, Dunn, McLeod, Trump.

7.30pm

Peter Ebdon v David Grace
Matthew Stevens v Michael Leslie (S)
Jamie Burnett v John Sutton
Jimmy Robertson v Hammad Miah
Mark Selby v Oliver Lines (S)

Predicted Winners: Ebdon, Stevens, Burnett, Robertson, Selby.

Thursday 25th of September 

9.30am

Mark Allen v Nico Elton (S)
Yu Delu v Brandon Sargeant 
Marcus Campbell v Barry Pinches
Robert Milkins v Daniel Wells (S)
Xiao Guodong v Alexander Ursenbacher
Gerard Greene v Eden Sharav

Predicted Winners: Allen, Delu, Pinches, Milkins, Guodong, Sharav.

2.30pm

Shaun Murphy v Allan Taylor (S)
Alfie Burden v Noppon Saengkham
Stephen Maguire v Liu Chuang (S)
Anthony Hamilton v Liam Highfield
Dave Gilbert v Mark Owens

Predicted Winners: Murphy, Saengkham, Maguire, Hamilton, Gilbert.

7.30pm

Ronnie O’Sullivan v James Cahill (S)
Marco Fu v Shane Castle (S)
Fergal O’Brien v Fraser Patrick
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Andrew Norman
Rod Lawler v Tian Pengfei

Predicted Winners: O’Sullivan, Fu, O’Brien, Un-Nooh, Lawler.

Betting:

Betting on this set of matches is very much about what type of gambler you are. Do you prefer to risk high stakes at lower odds or lower stakes at medium to high odds when looking at accumulators? which is surely the way to go with so many matches over this distance. Or, do you want the value and the singles and doubles on odds against shots? Well, there is something for everyone here so the recommended bets will deal with each of these types of punt. Starting with your main acca on my idea of the safest propositions amongst the 64.

Recommended Bets:

4 points acca on Ding Junhui, Graeme Dott, Robbie Williams, Matt Selt, Neil Robertson, Barry Hawkins, Dark Mavis, Anthony McGill, Judd Trump, Joe Perry, Xiao Guodong, Mark Allen, Robert Milkins, Yu Delu, Shaun Murphy and Dave Gilbert pays over 8/1 with Boyles.

2 points acca on Michael White, Aditya Mehta, Mark Williams, Jamie Cope, Nigel Bond, Ryan Day, Kyren Wilson, Michael Holt, Alan McManus and Mike Dunn pays over 22/1 at Hills. Add Anthony McGill and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh for a 1 point acca which pays over 37/1 at the same firm.

2 point singles on each of the following: Mitchell Mann (7/4), Joel Walker (11/10), Chris Wakelin (15/8), Joe Swail (6/4). 4 points on Barry Pinches (5/4). 

September 12, 2014

Shanghai Masters Finals Weekend

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:13 pm

As so often happens, it all worked out in the wash. Despite the shocks of the week we still have four big names contesting the semi-finals and the likelihood of a great final whoever comes through.

I’ll just sit back now and hope that Mark Allen can kick on and land the 16/1 recommended bet but in truth you’d have to fancy a Selby and Ding showdown, we’ll see. Bingham does have a decent head to head record against Ding and they seem to like a decider for any correct score punters as you’ll see when you click the match. None of these four are scared of winning so it’s all set up for a decent weekend. 

There’s a few days of qualifiers from Thursday next week and I’ll probably cover those, well the second lot at least. Firstly there are qualifiers for the now postponed to a packed March Indian Open (short Best of 7 matches) and secondly for the lucrative International Championship (longer Best of 11 matches). EDIT – The Indian qualifiers have already been moved to later in the season. 

Saturday 

7.30am

Mark Allen v Mark Selby

12.30pm

Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham

Sunday

Mark Allen v Stuart Bingham

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