There are 4 second round matches both beginning or ongoing on Friday. Ronnie O’Sullivan is tied 4-4 with Anthony McGill whereas Neil Robertson leads Jack Lisowski 5-3. In each instances, I’m completely satisfied to run the bets suggested yesterday.
Little to decide on between Wilson and Hawkins
Kyren Wilson begins out towards Barry Hawkins at 10am, in what appears a unbelievable match. Both performed rather well within the first round and reduce related profiles. Class acts with luggage of Crucible pedigree but, up to now, practically males.
I agree with the market evaluation that Wilson begins favorite on the idea that he is barely forward general within the sport, however odds of 1.75/7 do not provide any nice worth.
Back one other marathon encounter
Interestingly Hawkins leads their head-to-head 8-6 however Wilson has the latest edge, profitable 4 of the final six together with twice in majors. Two years at this stage, he prevailed 13-11 in a great match which produced 9 century breaks.
Rather than attempting to choose the winner, backing a related end result could be the way in which ahead. Over 4.5 Centuries makes some appeal at 11/10 but at the same odds, Over 22.5 Frames is preferred.
Legends lock horns in repeat of 2018 closing
Whilst that match has the makings of a Crucible basic, it performs second fiddle to the fortieth assembly between John Higgins and Mark Williams – their first for the reason that 2018 closing. For the document, Higgins leads 21-18.
The Wizard of Wishaw was one among my pre-tournament picks however, in reality, if I may have my picks once more I’d change that 4 unit bet for one on Williams at earlier odds of 75.074/1.
On the idea of his form within the first round, constructing on marked enchancment throughout the build-up, he is a contender. I’m usually first to dismiss Williams when out of form however at his fluent finest, he is nonetheless a excellent match for anybody bar Trump and profession nemesis O’Sullivan.
If each replicate their first round performances, the Welshman will win this in a canter. Whilst that’s clearly removed from sure, this feels a good state of affairs to again the outsider. Try 11/10 about Williams winning the +1.5 Frame Handicap, thus protecting a 13-12 defeat onside.
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