Eight become four at the World Championship on Wednesday as at the end of play on Day 12 of the tournament we will know the identity of the men who will battle it out on the one table setup for the biggest title in the game.
The four quarter finals got underway on Tuesday and are beautifully poised heading into what could well be a special day of snooker on Wednesday where we will get to know the semi-finalists ahead of them beginning on Thursday.
Day 11 Recap
Two of the quarter finals played two sessions on Tuesday and they are already nicely balanced. The big quarter final between Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson couldn’t be better situated with them locked at 8-8 ahead of their final session on Wednesday morning. The other match sees Anthony McGill holding a 9-7 lead on Stuart Bingham in what has been an epic contest so far. The other two matches will play two sessions on Wednesday. They see Mark Selby leading Mark Williams 6-2 while world number one Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy are looked at 4-4 after their first session.
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In Play Betting
I’ve already got bets on three of these matches from before they started but the one I haven’t got more than an outright interest in is the one which is 6-2 where there isn’t really a bet to be had. I will take another bet though which comes in the match between Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson. I’m already on Wilson +3.5 frames and from 8-8 I’m fully expecting him to win another two frames to bring that bet in.
I’m not prepared to back Wilson to win the match. He hasn’t really played in this match yet and still he is 8-8. I don’t believe he is going to go three whole sessions without playing. In the 16 frames the pair have played so far, Wilson has made one break over 70 so he is level with Robertson with his B or C game. Despite that, I think he might have the Australian exactly where he wants him. I say that because Robertson was out of sorts in the second session on Tuesday and we are getting into the territory where he doesn’t fare well here. You have to go back seven years for the last time Robertson won a match in this tournament by three frames or less and you’ve got to think Wilson gets to 10 here so the danger signs are lit for the 2010 champion. In the last seven years he has either won matches convincingly or lost them and whenever he is made to battle here he seems to be found wanting. Wilson won’t be. He loves the fight and scrap. He can win this with his best snooker but we’ve seen already that he can win it if he isn’t bang on it too. The 7/5 on Wilson, in what is now no worse than a 50:50 match and if recent history is anything to go by probably on the side of the Englishman if there is a favourite from here, is clearly too big. I’ll side with him.
WON – Back K.Wilson to beat N.Robertson for a 3/10 stake at 2.40 with BetVictor
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