Ronnie O’Sullivan is just one win away from securing his sixth world title, as he begins the best of 35 final against Mark Selby on Sunday afternoon.
The marathon tournament is almost over, with 30 players being eliminated over the past 15 days but one final hurdle is still to be overcome, with the two-day final starting at 2pm on Sunday.
After having a day off by beating Barry Hawkins a session early, the defending champion is considerable favourite to clinch the final over Selby, who appears in only his second World Championship final.
Ronnie O’Sullivan Betting
If O’Sullivan manages to win the title on Monday, it will bring him one step closer to matching Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles, whilst he’ll level with fellow greats of the game Steve Davis and Ray Reardon.
He came into the tournament as odds-on favourite after winning the title in both 2012 and 2013 and marching through his four matches so far, it looks like he’s peaking at the right time.
After beating the experienced Finnish player Robin Hull in the first round, he eventually pulled out his best to battle back from 9-6 down to beat Joe Perry 13-11 in a really testing second round match.
Then he ripped apart Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals with a session to spare 13-3, whilst also repeating that feat in the semis, beating Hawkins 17-7 avoiding a final session on Saturday.
It’s going to take something very special to stop him winning a third world crown in a row. He’s currently best-priced at 1/3 with William Hill to win the final.
Mark Selby Betting
Leicester’s Selby came through an enthralling semi-final against Australian Neil Robertson yesterday evening, to make the final at the Crucible for the first time in seven years with a 17-15 win.
It was always going to be a close one against the world number one and 2010 World Champion, who beat him in the final of the UK Championship back in December, but Selby got his revenge, winning three of the last four frames to take the match.
It’s been a ‘so near but so far away’ season for Selby so far, having reached three finals (Masters, UK Championship and Haikou World Open) but being defeated in all three.
He tasted success at the minor ranking event in the Antwerp Open, part of the European Tour, but would like nothing else but to lift the World Championship title, which would complete his ‘Triple Crown’ record.
He’s bound to give O’Sullivan a close match but can he upset the favourite? Bet 365 offer the best odds on him doing that at 5/2.
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