It’s day two of the Championship League Snooker from the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. Judd Trump advanced with ease yesterday, winning all three of his matches and dropping just two of the 11 frames played. Judd said afterwards that he was ‘struggling a bit with his game’.
We think he was being overly harsh on himself and after this solid performance we reckon he’s still plenty of value in the outright market. Remember, these players have to remain in the venue for the entire tournament and it will be an ideal opportunity for the likes of Trump to get back to the unbeatable form he’s been in for the last season and a half.
Trump is now into the last 16 which is also played in a round-robin format. He has almost a week to brush up on the practice tables and with few distractions available and the defence of his World Title on the horizon, you can be sure he’ll be sharp.
Groups 3 and 9 are played today, getting underway at 3pm. The action is live all day on ITV4 and fair play to all involved in the setup. The Arena looks great and Neal Foulds and Stephen Hendry’s interesting insights on the action adds to the flavour.
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In Group 3 we’re going to side with the newly crowned Shootout Champion Michael Holt. Holt, by his own admission, has generally been lacking self-belief in his career to date. He admitted after his Shootout win in February that the format suited him as he ‘didn’t have time to overthink things’.
This was his first ranking tournament win and we reckon he’ll arrive here with plenty of confidence and looks a solid bet to win the group.
Jack Lisowski and Luca Brecel are two naturally talented players that may take a while to get their game back after the break. They may get frustrated if the balls don’t run as desired in the early matches today.
We think the very capable Robbie Williams could represent plenty of value at 9/2 to take this group. Williams has been a pro since 2012, he’s currently ranked 57 in the world and one of the most significant showings of his career was when reaching the quarter-finals of the 2017 International Championships where he beat Neil Robertson before eventually losing out to Mark Selby.
Williams regularly gets to the last 64 in ranking events and reached the last 16 in the Northern Ireland Open last November. With Lisowski & Brecel both likely to be ring rusty we think Williams can put his experience to good use and looks overpriced to win this group.
Today’s snooker tips in summary
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