Normal, or at least extra predictable, service was resumed on Monday at the Marshall Arena. Seven out of eight favourites received, six convincingly and the one upset (Graeme Dott beating Stuart Bingham) barely warrants the outline.
There is far better potential for upsets right this moment. In truth the 2 strongest favourites look removed from dependable.
Selby is not any certainty
Mark Selby tops the invoice towards a very succesful opponent who has proved troublesome in all three of their earlier encounters. Hossein Vafaei beat him within the 2019 Wales Open and misplaced by the odd body in final month’s English Open, having led 3-1.
Granted, that is over longer and Selby has a tremendous document in best-of-11s in huge occasions. However as his unimaginable document in deciding frames at the Masters illustrates, he’s well-known for falling behind to lesser opposition, even in majors.
An upset would not shock me and the match up appears to be like good for a again to put on the Iranian. Take 5.04/1 pre-match, then place an order to double our cash by laying again at 2.56/4 ought to he shorten to that mark at any stage.
Unreliable Lisowski opposed
The identical technique appeals within the match between Jack Lisowski and Xu Si. The former is actually the final participant I’d need to take 1.251/4 about.
You by no means which Jack will flip up. He may blow Si away 6-0 in an hour or so however equally, his lack of self-discipline may be ruinous towards anybody. He’s already misplaced to a few opponents of the same commonplace this season – Ashley Carty, Jak Jones and Jackson Page.
Chinese children are glowing at this renewal and, whereas Si’s potential is not spoken of in the identical breath as Zhou Yuelong and even Pang Janxu, he’s solely 22 years previous and has the odd respectable win to his identify. 6-1 over Oliver Lines within the final spherical reads nicely.
Finally a double on Over 9.5 Frames in two matches I fancy to go a good distance. Five of the 9 earlier matches between Mark Williams and Ricky Walden went the space.
O’Connor to run Perry shut
I’m tempted to make the case for Joe O’Connor to drag off the upset towards Joe Perry. The teen has impressed as a gritty match participant on a number of events. He’s greater than able to retaining this shut.
Over 9.5 Frames in Williams v Walden @ 5/4
Over 9.5 Frames in Perry v O’Connor @ 5/4
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