2018 World Snooker Championship Betting Preview

The World Snooker Championship gets underway on Saturday and it is no surprise to see that Ronnie O'Sullivan is a 2/1 favourite for a sixth world crown at The Crucible in Sheffield this year...

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World Snooker Championship    
Tips Ding Junhui (each way)    Best Bet @ 14 / 1  
John Higgins (each way) @ 11 / 1  

Rocket Ronnie

'The Rocket' has been in superb form this season, winning five ranking events, and he now has his sights firmly set on a first world title in four years. The 2/1 market leader (Betfred) is bidding for a sixth World Championship crown - a feat that would take him level with Steve Davies and Ray Reardon, and one behind Stephen Hendry's all-time record tally of seven titles.

O'Sullivan is in the same bottom-half of the draw as 2010 winner Neil Robertson, who has struggled to hit the heights in recent years, as well as a resurgent Mark Williams and Barry Hawkins, who has made at least the quarter-finals in each of his previous six appearances in Sheffield.

It is Ding Junhui who could prove to be the pick of the prices though as he bids to finally eradicate the title of being one of the best players in the world to never win a World Championship. There is no doubt that the Chinese star is feeling more at home at The Crucible, where he finished runner-up in 2016 and reached the semi-finals in 2017 - losing to Mark Selby both times.

Junhui is pencilled in to meet O'Sullivan in the semi-finals this time - Ding actually beat Ronnie in the last-eight in 2017 - and we are happy to have an each-way punt on him at 14/1 (Coral).

Selby And The Top-Half Of The Draw

Two-time defending world champion Mark Selby is the headline act in the top-half of the draw and he is 7/2 with Paddy Power. 'The Jester From Leicester' has won the World Championship three times in the previous four years and he warmed up for his latest title defence by winning the China Open recently.

Meanwhile, Judd Trump was a beaten finalist as a qualifier in 2011 but he has endured a couple of early exits from The Crucible in recent years, while Shaun Murphy has reached two world finals since claiming the title back in 2005.

Reigning Masters champion Mark Allen could be something of a dark horse, while John Higgins is perhaps each-way value at 11/1. The four-time world champion has been in good form this year and he only lost to an inspired Mark Selby in last year's Crucible final.

2018 World Snooker Championship Odds

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1/2 - - - - - 1/2 8/15
13/8 - - - - - 13/8 6/4

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


Posted: Thursday, 19th April 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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