The closing pair of second spherical matches kick off on Sunday morning in very a lot a case of final however in no way least. Tournament favorite Judd Trump takes on David Gilbert whereas the 2 remaining qualifiers lock horns for a spot within the second spherical.
Resurgent Jones is a match for Bingham
Let’s begin with the latter. Jamie Jones is, for my cash, an impressive worth guess or commerce at 3.55/2 to beat Stuart Bingham. Arguably, he is been the higher participant this season and received 9 frames on the spin to thrash an opponent of very comparable stature in Stephen Maguire within the earlier spherical.
Lest we neglect, Jones has Crucible pedigree, reaching the quarter-finals 9 years in the past. He’s by no means been higher, or extra targeted, and has grow to be a effective match-player. Perfect for a 3 session match right here.
That is not to detract from Bingham’s achievement to get right here having fallen out of the top-16, hitting three tons for the second consecutive match. But ‘Ballrun’ is not that dependable towards lower-ranked gamers and has grow to be susceptible to creating sloppy errors, or shedding the plot mid-game.
My plan is what quantities to an even cash commerce. Back Jones at 3.55/2 then lay pay at half the percentages, for twice the stake.
Trump and Gilbert to rack up the tons
Gilbert impressed within the first spherical too, albeit towards a struggling opponent, indicating as soon as once more that he thrives in majors. He hasn’t bought a horrible report towards Trump both, trailing 4-7.
Nevertheless, an upset continues to be very arduous to envisage. Even if Gilbert had crushed Higgins within the 2019 semi, undoubtably the spotlight of his profession, he’d nonetheless most likely have suffered the identical destiny within the closing towards Trump.
Two bets attraction. First a right rating combo on Trump to win 13-7 and 13-8. Plus 7/4 about Five or More Centuries seems a cracking value. Trump made 5 in a mere best-of-11 towards Gilbert final time and the outsider might very effectively contribute.
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