Ding Junhui is the best value for the 2018 World Snooker Championship after landing himself the easiest quarter
It’s that time of year again. As the United Kingdom finally receives some decent weather, the world’s best snooker players are closeted into the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to compete across seventeen days.
It’s a tournament like no other for several reasons. Firstly, the World Championship title is the one that every player desperately wants to win. There are several returning champions including Mark Selby who has claimed the previous two crowns and will take plenty of stopping.
This tournament is also different because it’s played over a much longer frame format than any other. The first round matches are best of 19 (first to ten) before players compete over a best-of-25-frame format in rounds two and three.
The semi-finals and final are played over a best-of-33 and best-of-35 frame format respectively, so it’s a long slog to the finish line (which explains why Selby has managed to fare so well).
However, the Jester from Leicester is not the favourite. He’s had a mixed bag of a season and some will find his odds of 4/1 highly attractive, especially as a recent China Open success suggests that the form is in the locker.
The favourite to win is Ronnie O’Sullivan who bombed out in China although we shouldn’t read too much into that. The Rocket is a 2/1 chance to win and he’s being playing some excellent snooker all season.
Quite simply, if Ronnie brings his A game, then 2/1 might seem like buying money although he’s failed to win the previous four World Championships and he’s not been beyond the last eight in the previous three years.
Perhaps this will be different considering he’s adopting a more mature approach to proceedings, although Ding Junhui looks far better value despite the fact that the Chinaman is in the same half as Ronaldo.
Ding has a game that looks made for the Crucible. He lost to Selby in a tightly-fought semi-final last year and previously lost to the same opponent in the final.
Ding is number three seed and has been handed a lovely quarter that features Anthony McGill, Barry Hawkins and Marco Fu. We’re not dismissing these players readily, although considering that Selby might have to beat Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy to reach the semi-finals, it has to be regarded as favourable.
We’re also keen to back Ding to win his quarter at the Crucible, although we’ll have a play on him for the outright at double figure odds first.
Ding Junhui to win @ 14/1 with BetVictor
All odds were correct at time of posting.