The first eight qualifiers for the main draw of the World Championship will be finalised on Tuesday when the first Judgement Day of the two this week will be played out inside the English Institute of Sport.
We now go up to the best of 19s for the remainder of the qualifying event so the matches will be played over two sessions of action. Two matches will be shown live on the streams and then there is also a programme which will flick from table to table to catch the meaningful action.
There are two live matches on the main tables over the course of the day. In one of them the pressure will be heavily on the highest seed in the qualifying draw in Zhou Yuelong. He will take on regular qualifier Liam Highfield for a place at the Crucible. The other match which will be on one of the main tables will involve the former world champion Graeme Dott. He takes on the Chinese player Tian Pengfei for a return to the place he had his finest hour back in 2006 while Pengfei will look to make the main draw for the first time since 2019.
There are six other matches taking place over the course of the two sessions. The big ones see Robert Milkins going up against Kurt Maflin in what could be a cracker while Chinese pair Liang Wenbo and Lu Ning also meet in a good looking game. In terms of rankings the closest match is the one between the Gibraltar Open semi-finalist Matt Selt and Scott Donaldson. The other three matches sees another Chinese pair going at it when Lu Haotian meets Chang Bingyu, Jamie Jones facing Li Hang and Mark Davis going up against Jamie Clarke.
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I’m going to take two bets for these matches on Tuesday to add to the one which I already have on Jamie Jones to beat Li Hang which comes about having backed the Welshman to qualify before the event started. I firmly expect him to do that and I’m going to add another Welsh player to the list of players I’m going to be on over the course of the day. That is Jamie Clarke who really must be looking at this as a free roll now having trailed 5-0 in the second round before coming back to beat Jamie O’Neill 6-5. He then went on to beat Joe Perry in the last round and knows exactly how to qualify having done exactly that last season. He now takes on Mark Davis who I don’t think is a bad draw for him. Davis knows how to get to the Crucible, nobody has done it more via this route, but he has only done it once since 2015. Davis played ok in the previous round but Clarke is much the more progressive of the two and I think he wins here.
The other bet I like comes in one of the two all-Chinese battles with this one being the one between Lu Haotian and Chang Bingyu where I think the lower ranked player is the one to be on here. Bingyu looked pretty good in the previous round where he got the better of Tom Ford, who admittedly went someway to beating himself, but despite all the histrionics going on across the table, Bingyu was able to focus on his own work and when he got in the balls he looked pretty good. Haotian has had an interesting run so far. He had to come from 5-3 own to Gao Yang in the second round to come through and then had a bye in the last round as Noppon Saengkham was forced to withdraw due to Covid. I think it might have helped Haotian to play that match though because apart from a run to the last 16 of the Scottish Open he hasn’t done much all season. Bingyu had three tons in that win over Ford so he looks to be running into form nicely and I think he wins this.
Back J.Clarke to beat M.Davis for a 3/10 stake at 2.00 with Bet365
Back C.Bingyu to beat L.Haotian for a 3/10 stake at 2.10 with Betfair
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