Ronnie O’Sullivan 11/4 to win sixth World Championship title and that looks a fair price
Ronnie O’Sullivan hasn’t won any of the previous four World Championships, although this could be the year where he lands a sixth title at the Crucible, with the Rocket in incredible form right now.
The 42-year-old has won the English Open, Shanghai Masters, UK Championship and World Grand Prix, with O’Sullivan currently participating in the Players Championship and bet365 have 11/4 that he wins the World Championship.
O’Sullivan has come a cropper in recent World Championships, with the Rocket losing to Mark Selby in the 2014 final before two quarter final exits and also a second round defeat.
Nevertheless, Ronnie seems to be in a good place and Mark Selby’s loss of form means that O’Sullivan is a strong favourite whose price will surely shorten as the tournament progresses.
Here are four reasons why Ronnie can triumph in Sheffield with the action getting under way on 21 April.
He’s simply the best
O’Sullivan is in outstanding form this year as highlighted above and his all-round game has never been in better nick. Ronnie has always been a heavy scorer although his safety game is also top notch and he’s capable of wiping away any of the opposition.
Ronnie can pace himself in Sheffield
The longer-frame format has found him out in previous years, although O’Sullivan is fit as a fiddle and looks ready to pace himself properly through the World Championship in order to have the stamina to win.
World titles mean a lot to him
O’Sullivan has been critical of tournaments where he has to face “numpties” along the way, although the World Championship simply features the top sixteen in the world and sixteen players who have battled through qualifying.
He’s intimidating to other players
Most players struggle to live with Ronnie, especially at the Crucible where the crowd always side with such an exciting player. Facing O’Sullivan often means that players are under more pressure not to make mistakes.
All odds were correct at time of posting.