Mark Selby tipped to retain UK Championship title at Barbican Centre in York

Mark Selby beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-7 in last year's UK Championship final at the Barbican Centre in York, and it's no surprise to see that pair at the head of the betting for the 2017 showpiece, which takes centre stage in front of the BBC Sport cameras this week, and you have to feel that the pair will be tough nuts to crack in one of the

  • Mark Selby is the reigning champion
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan has won the UK Championship five times
  • Mark Williams won the Northern Ireland Open last weekend

Tuesday 28th November - 2.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
UK Championship    
Tips Mark Selby to win    Best Bet @ 9 / 2  

Selby And O'Sullivan Set The Standard

Mark Selby racked up his second win in this event last year, and the Jester from Leicester was a notable winner of the International Championship earlier this month, where he beat Mark Allen, and he is sure to be firing on all cylinders in this year's UK Championship, and at 9/2 with Ladbrokes is the one they all have to beat.

O'Sullivan has lifted the trophy five times during his illustrious career, and he is another that has been in tremendous form of late, winning the English Open and Shanghai Masters with aplomb this season, and the 4/1 favourite with Betfair Sportsbook will steamroller most rivals, if on his best form, but he suffered a shock loss to Elliot Slessor in the Northern Ireland Open last week, so will need to bounce back from that.

Notable Challengers

Judd Trump last won this title in 2011, where he beat Mark Allen (25/1), but the Bristolian potter has often struggled on the big stage this season, so at 6/1 with bet365 is one contender that may just find it tough, while John Higgins is another top notch player bidding for glory this year, but the 11/1 chance with bet365 hasn't won since September, where he won the India Open, and could be another to avoid in a tournament awash with immense talent.

Neil Robertson lifted this crown two years ago, but the Thunder from Down Under is another that has just gone off the boil of late, and is as big as 20/1 with Betfred, while Ding Junhui (14/1) and the abovementioned Allen are just another star duo bidding for glory, but may just come unstuck in the latter rounds.

Each Way Angle

Mark Williams finally bagged another title as the Welshman beat Yan Bingtao 9-8 in the final of the Northern Ireland Open on Sunday night, and that pair could perform superior to their 40/1 odds on offer, but the each-way angle in the tournament is Shaun Murphy, who at 25/1 with Betfred looks too big.

He defeated O'Sullivan 10-8 in the Champion Of Champions a few weeks ago, and having won this event in 2008, and was a beaten finalist in 2012, as he lost to Selby, he has sparkled at the Barbican Centre, and could be one of the double-figured challengers to shine in a tournament that could well see Selby retain his crown.

2017 UK Championship Odds

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8/11 - 4/6 - - - 8/11 4/6
9/2 - 4 - - - 9/2 4
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10 - 10 - - - 10 9
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9 - 10 - - - 9 12
14 - 12 - - - 14 16
20 - 20 - - - 16 -
25 - 28 - - - 28 33
40 - 40 - - - 40 40
50 - 50 - - - - 50
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40 - 50 - - - 35 50
100 - 66 - - - 100 125
100 - 66 - - - 80 250

Posted: Monday, 27th November 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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