We have a NEW SNOOKER TIPSTER with a superb record in picking value bets and winners on the baize. He’s been closely following the snooker action all season and cannot wait to get stuck in to the bookies at the World Championships at the Crucible this year!
**** TUESDAY’S WORLD SNOOKER TIP ****
What a performance by Barry Hawkins to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan last night. Hawkins hadn’t beaten O’Sullivan for 14 years and when The Rocket came from 12-9 behind to take the match to a deciding frame then it didn’t look good for the 2013 finalist.
But he showed a lot of bottle to pounce on Ronnie’s mistake and fully deserved the win. He faces Marco Fu in the Quarters and while the Hong Kong player is a solid performer he cannot match the class and scoring power of Hawkins. Fu won an average standard encounter against McGill in the 2nd round but was afforded so many chances by the Scot. Very rarely did he win the frame in one visit.
Hawkins should have too much quality for Fu and will be on a high from last night’s events. Back Hawkins to get off to a flyer and take the 11/10 with Bet365 on him winning the 1st session (8 frames in total).
**** FRIDAY’S WORLD SNOOKER TIP ****
Michael Holt was absolutely superb in beating Neil Robertson in round 1. There has never been a doubt about the Nottinghamshire player’s talent, but the mental side of his game has always been lacking. Against Robertson however, Holt was immense. Storming to a 9-4 lead before a few nerves set in with the Aussie hitting back, but in the end Holt ran out a comfortable 10-6 winner.
His cue action was flawless and his speed around the table was much better than in previous years, a noticeable improvement in his game all season.
Mark Williams beat Graeme Dott extremely easily in the 1st round, but the Scot is a pale shadow of his former self. Williams didn’t have to do much at all to win several frames, with Dott’s poor tactical game playing into Williams’ hands. There is no doubt that Holt has an excellent chance of beating Williams here. The Welshman hasn’t been beyond the 2nd round in Sheffield for 5 years and this one is going to be a lot tighter than the bookies are predicting. I reckon Holt should be closer to a 5/4 shot so snap up the 2/1 now!.
**** SATURDAY’S WORLD SNOOKER TIP ****
Much has been made of John Higgins’ performance in beating Ryan Day in the 1st round. The BBC commentators and pundits have been saying the 4 time champ is getting back to somewhere near his best. And although Higgins did play well and fully deserves credit for his performance, you cannot disregard his opponent. The Welshman Day was extremely poor throughout the match. He missed some pots that the average club player would wince at and showed the kind of poor matchplay that he has become synonymous with. Higgins said afterwards that he felt like he was playing how he does in practice, but that’s mainly because Day played like one of his amateur pratice partners for the most of the game!
Ricky Walden will provide a much sterner test. The 2013 World semi finalist was clearly nervous in the 1st round against Robbie Williams, but he got himself over the line and in his post-match interview he stated that he was just relieved to get through. This is because he knows how well he’s playing of late and he has a great chance of getting to the latter stages. He’s made the final in the last 2 ranking tournaments and is clearly one of the form players on tour.
Walden will provide a tough test to the great Higgins and I reckon the Scot may struggle and return to the sort of poor form he has produced for most of the season. Fire up your accounts and get on the 15/8 for a Walden win!