The quarter-finals begin at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on Tuesday and eight players remain in the hunt for the sport’s most lucrative title.
Quarter-Final Betting Tips
Mark Selby has won most of the tournaments going in snooker, but the World Championship is the big one that still evades him.
He’s got a great chance of making the semi-finals for the first time since 2009, as he faces the lowest ranked player still in the tournament, Alan McManus.
At 43 years old, the world number 34 is enjoying a revival in his career and is through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2005 after beating Ken Doherty in the last 16 earlier this week.
I think this match will be a close one, but I’d have to favour world number three mark Selby for the win at 1/7 with Ladbrokes. There is very big value on a McManus win though at 5/1 with Paddy Power.
The other match starting at 10am on Tuesday sees last year’s runner-up Barry Hawkins take on another surprise quarter-final package in the shape of Dominic Dale.
This is Dale’s first appearance in the quarter-finals at the Crucible since 2000, and he is in good form following wins over Mark Davis and debutant Michael Wasley. Perhaps these results are down to his lucky ‘Zebra-Striped’ shoes he’s been sporting most of the week!
Then there’s two tasty quarter-finals starting in the afternoon session, the first of which sees world number one Neil Robertson take on Judd Trump.
Robertson is also seeking his century of centuries this season, a feat he was unable to do during his sublime 13-7 win over Mark Allen on Monday, with his tally currently stuck on 99.
He put in an almost faultless performance in the third session against Ulsterman Allen and would probably stand a good chance of winning the whole tournament if he was to play like that for the next week.
After an uninspiring season, with just the Championship League title to his name, Trump has quietly got on with things this week and has recorded relatively comfortable wins over Tom Ford and Ryan Day.
The final quarter-final sees defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan face 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy.
O’Sullivan will have been counting his lucky stars after surviving a testing last 16 match against Joe Perry but still comes into this match as big favourite.
Murphy meanwhile has defeated Jamie Cope and last night Marco Fu to make it through to this stage, but will be playing without the pressure now, with the expectation on O’Sullivan’s shoulders in this match.
World Snooker Championship Outrights
BET OF THE DAY: If he plays like he did in the final frame against Mark Allen, I can see him winning the title. Bet 365 price him at 7/2.
Coverage of the tournament continues on BBC Two, BBC Red Button, bbc.co.uk/snooker and British Eurosport 1 and 2.