The International Championship competition has reached the quarter final stage where all four matches will take place out on what should be a decent day of action over in China as eight men look to make it into the two-session semi-finals.
We saw some truly epic snooker on Wednesday and given the eight men that have made it through we are set for plenty more over the course of what should be a pulsating day of action on Thursday. The remainder of the tournament is on the TV tables now so there is no need to miss any of the action.
It is the bottom half of the draw that is on show in the morning session where the main man will be the current world champion Judd Trump. He has cruised through the draw thus far, looking a million dollars in the process and he is a heavy favourite to see off Tom Ford. The pick of the morning session matches though could be the one between the former world champion and past winner of this event Mark Selby, and the semi-finalist from the Crucible earlier in the year in Gary Wilson.
The big match in the afternoon session sees the defending champion Mark Allen taking on the local hero Ding Junhui in a match where the latter has a strong head-to-head record but where it is Allen who is much the better player at the present time. The match on the other table sees two men looking to continue their revivals when Shaun Murphy takes on Graeme Dott with both men coming off the back of good wins in the previous round, Murphy over Neil Robertson and Dott over his good friend John Higgins.
I like a couple of bets over the course of the day with the first one coming in the form of Gary Wilson, who I believe can stay close enough to Mark Selby to cover a 2.5 frame handicap. These two met in the World Championship last year and Wilson won on that occasion. I’m not sure if Selby is in the revenge game but he is in the sport of winning titles and he’ll fancy his chances here. Wilson is a winner in waiting in my eyes though and I expect him to take it to Selby in much the same way that Dave Gilbert did on Wednesday. Gilbert came up a frame short and it might be that Wilson does likewise but the 8/11 on Wilson getting four frames is just too big.
I also expect to see a close contest between Graeme Dott and Shaun Murphy. Murphy looks like he is on the way back after good wins over Yan Bingtao and Neil Robertson while Dott has just taken John Higgins and Stuart Bingham to the cleaners so both men are entitled to feel quite confident about going into this encounter. There is nothing to suggest we won’t see a cliffhanger here. Both men look to be scoring well and while Murphy looks like he is back, he is always someone who makes life difficult. Dott is in decent nick but can be outscored. I fancy this one could yoyo a little and we go beyond 9.5 frames before it is settled.
WON – Back G.Wilson (+2.5 frames) to beat M.Selby for a 4/10 stake at 1.73 with Betfred
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WON – Back G.Dott vs S.Murphy – Over 9.5 frames for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with Betfair
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