Classy Ronnie O'Sullivan tipped to win Players Championship crown in Llandudno

A star-studded field will head to wales for the 2018 Players Championship, as the world's top-16 do battle in the showpiece ranking event, and it's Judd Trump that will line up as the reigning champion, but the Bristolian will face a whole host of rivals for this year's crown, which should be an entralling renewal of the event.

  • Ryan Day won Gibraltar Open at the weekend
  • Judd Trump won this event 12 months ago
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan heads the betting for Llandudno crown

Monday 19th March - 7.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Players Championship    
Tips Ronnie O'Sullivan to win    Best Bet @ 9 / 4  

O'Sullivan The Clear Favourite

With only a month until the World Championships at the Crucible, the elite players will all be looking to find their best form, and if they are all playing at their best then there's one man that rises above the rest, and that is Ronnie O'Sullivan, who has been installed as the 9/4 favourite with William Hill to win this crown.

A dominant winner of the World Grand Prix earlier in the year, the Rocket has shown this season some of his best performances on the table, and with a fairly straight-forward opening clash with Graeme Dott the fans' favourite can go deep in this event, and it's hard to not see him claim his first Players Championship crown before shortening in the World Championships betting.

Fancied Contenders

All 15 players taking on O'Sullivan in Llandudno will fancy their chances of lifting the title, and reigning champion Trump will want to retain his crown, but he faces a tough opening clash against Stephen Maguire, and the man who has been struggling for any sort of consistency on the baize is an 8/1 shot with BetVictor, and it's hard to see him feature.

Mark Selby is another that has been blowing hot and cold of late, and despite the Jester from Leicester hovering around the 7/1 with Betfred, he may struggle to lift the trophy, and may focus this event on trying to get some things in place for the World Championships next month.

John Higgins is always a man to write off at your peril, but at 11/2 with BetVictor he is one of the key players that can challenge an in-form O'Sullivan, and he should cruise past Anthony McGill in their first round clash, and if he can find himself in the balls with frequency is a tough nut to crack, so he can go deep in the competition.

Best Of The Rest

Mark Wlliams lost to Joe Perry in the 2016 Players Championship final, and the Welshman will be aiming to go one better here, and having recaptured some of his best form of late, he could be a lively outsider at 18/1 with William Hill, along with Mark Allen (20/1) and Neil Robertson (14/1), but that pair have struggled for their best form of late, and along with Shaun Murphy (22/1) will find it tough to win this crown,

The most intriguing outsider is Ryan Day, who has been in terrific form of late, and was a winner of the Gilbraltar Open last week, which was only his second ranking title win this season, so if he can continue that good form then at 33/1 with Ladbrokes he is over-priced, and he could well shock the abovementioned Selby in their first-round clash, but yet again it's hard to look away from O'Sullivan bagging glory on the big stage once again.

2018 Players Championship Odds

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- 9/4 2 2 9/4 9/4 9/4 9/4
- 5 9/2 9/2 5 11/2 5 11/2
- 7 7 7 7 6 11/2 5
- 9 9 9 8 8 7 7
- 12 14 14 12 12 12 11
- 16 18 18 14 14 14 14
- 12 10 10 12 14 20 18
- 22 22 22 18 18 16 16
- 14 20 20 18 18 16 14
- 25 33 33 25 25 33 25
- 28 33 33 20 28 28 25
- 28 33 33 28 28 25 18
- 28 33 33 28 25 33 25
- 66 80 80 80 80 80 66
- 66 66 66 80 66 50 50
- 100 100 100 100 100 80 50

*Odds correct as of 22nd May, 14:12. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Monday, 19th March 2018
Author: Steve Chambo

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