Friday sees Ronnie O’Sullivan take centre stage in the Championship League snooker and the big question is, how will he adapt to these strange surroundings with no crowd and special measures in place to tackle Covid 19?
O’Sullivan’s favourite to win Group 10 but there’s questions over his form. He started the season well, winning the Shanghai masters but since then he’s been beaten by Judd Trump in the Northern Ireland Open. There’s a chance he may have come here without preparing properly and it could be worth taking on Chris Wakelin to possibly cause an upset here.
You can back Wakelin in the Draw No Bet market against Ronnie, for a bit of insurance on the draw in case he doesn’t manage to get over the line. Wakelin beat him the last time he played and if he gets the chance he’s a little less likely to bottle it than others.
This is one of the tightest groups, I don’t think there’s much in terms of ability separating Tom Ford, Robert Milkin and Ian Burns. Ford’s been in good nick for the last two season or so, starting last year at the UK Championships, losing to Trump in the quarter finals. He’s also reached two quarter finals and a semi final in ranking events so he’s definitely the one to beat.
With Ford winning the group and Dunn being the outsider I think there’s value in this one, especially with the draw element pushing the odds up a little. I can’t see Dunn threatening Ford and, despite the latter being odds on, it looks a bit of a nap here.
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