This is an interesting format. The odds on a player winning a match will be a bit longer as this is a win-draw-win tournament, much like the Premier League Darts format. That makes this competition bit more interesting and something most people won’t have seen before.
He’s too short to back to win the group at 1/4, but he’s the form player in the world in the last year, so we put together a tempting little special at 6/4 for him to win all three of his matches. I wouldn’t put anyone off backing that at the price.
The format should be a leveller for many players, so I would expect quite a few shocks. In Ronnie O’Sullivan’s group, I really doubted he play in the tournament as he said he hadn’t been practising much during lockdown. He’s in a group with Chris Wakelin, Michael Georgiou and Kishan Hirani. Ronnie is caught cold so often these days, he hasn’t been in form and he didn’t play his home tournament, the Masters, this year, so I’d take a chance on Chris Wakelin at 9/2 to win Group 10.
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Another group with a very short favourite is Group 11 with Mark Allen at 8/13. Martin O’Donnell, Monica Whit and Nigel Bond are also there and I think O’Donnell is worth a play at 7/2. Mark Allen hasn’t been playing very well before this, so if there are a few shocks this could be one of them.
Mark Selby said last week only ten players on tour have a full table set-up at home, so that’s a big advantage for anyone that does. From Stuart Bingham’s twitter feed I know he’s a full table set-up at home and has been practising. He’s also won the Masters and been in great form generally. He’s such a consummate professional too so I think he’ll take it very seriously, which a lot of players may not do, so he’d be my pick for the outright at 18/1.