Snooker World Championship Odds: The Frontrunners
April 18, 2019
Snooker is seen as a sport for the selective, but like so many other sports out there, there are certain events that some neutrals just can’t resist. Yes, I am talking about the Snooker World Championship.
Taking place this Saturday 20th, the competition will last a little over two weeks, creating plenty of betting opportunities along the way. With three rounds of qualifying having already taken place, 32 players will now take to the table with their eyes on snooker’s most prestigious award.
The top sixteen players were already seeded, so inevitably, it is the familiar names leading the World Snooker Championship betting odds. There is still some great value to be found though, so I’m taking a look at three players who standout amongst the betting markets.
The Favourite: Ronnie O’Sullivan – 9/4 with Unibet
You don’t have to be a snooker fan to know this name. Just like Tiger Woods with golf, Cristiano Ronaldo with football and Roger Federer with tennis, everybody identifies the sport of snooker with Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The Rocket really is something out of this world and the case can be made in regarding him as the greatest player to ever grace the table. Inevitably then, like many other tournaments, O’Sullivan enters the competition leading the World Snooker Championship odds as the outright favourite.
It isn’t just sentiment that ranks the Rocket with this label either, as the 43-year-old has hit the ground running hard in 2019. The legendary player has already won two rankings finals this year in the Players Championship and Tour Championship. Both victories came over Neil Robertson, another Hall of Famer of the sport.
O’Sullivan also reached the finals of the Masters in January, before eventually falling short to Judd Trump. Despite losing 10-4, it is clear that the Rocket is not one to mull around. His two Championship victories in March justify this claim and he is simply the man in form heading into this weekend.
Strong Value in Robertson – 6/1 with Betfair
Just behind O’Sullivan, you can feel the Thunder From Down Under closely behind in his tracks. Much mainstream attention is always piled onto the Rocket, but loyal spectators are always wary of the threat that Robertson carries into tournaments.
Either side of his two Championship defeats to the legendary player, Robertson has won the Welsh and China Open this year. The latter, in particular, came earlier on in the month and the Aussie has a spring of momentum heading into Sheffield this weekend.
He hasn’t won the World Championship since 2010, but with prices as high as 6/1 with Betfair, the Melbourne Machine will enter the Crucible with some strong value. So long as he doesn’t falter, Robertson will be to at least be reaching the quarter-finals.
Trump Loves an Underdog Status – 6/1 with Black Type
Not always leading the snooker betting odds, but never too far way from the top tends to be Judd Trump. Danny the Boy is, however, still considered one of the greatest English players to ever grace the game and his victory over O’Sullivan last January in the Masters final is a testament to his own ability when the pressure is on.
Currently third in the World Snooker Championship odds, Trump usually finds himself in the latter stages of the major tournaments and his victory over Ali Carter to seal the World Grand Prix was an excellent display. Despite a rather poor 2018, the 29-year-old’s game has picked up this year.
Trump is currently sixth in the world rankings but his label as the third favourite for the World Championship showcases just how highly regarded he is. Despite having never won the highly-acclaimed competition, you can never rule the Ace out of contention. Will he be the surprise package in this year’s event?
Serial Winner Selby To Prevail? – 10/1 with Coral
Of all the frontrunners amongst the betting odds, it is Mark Selby whose price stands out the clearest. His odds at 10/1 clearly classify him as an outsider for the Championship, but given his dominating nature in this competition, he will be a popular bet with spectators.
The Jester from Leicester is yet to land a non-ranking or ranking title this year, but what better chance does he have than in a tournament that he has won three times in the last five years? His first came in 2014 against the Rocket, before he dispatched both Ding Junhui and John Higgins. Some list ey.
All three times were gripping occasions and viewers will certainly be hoping for similar levels of intensity this time around. Should Selby reach the finals, it will be his first of 2019 – a statistic that adds some validation to his outright price. Still though, the 35-year-old will be aiming to up his game in Sheffield and make it four times a charm this weekend.
When the stakes are this high, each players requires a cool-head to succeed in a Championship of such magnitude. Known for his patient and pragmatic play on the table, this tournament is tailor made for the Jester.
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