Anthony McGill has already beaten Stephen Maguire and can run Selby close
There have already been some tense encounters at the Crucible this year and that includes the first round matches including Mark Selby and Anthony McGill.
Selby had to win the final two frames against Kurt Maflin to avoid the Crucible curse, while McGill faced a late onslaught against Stephen Maguire which saw their match also go to a deciding frame.
Nevertheless, both players have been in a game at the World Championship already and the experience should stand McGill in good stead considering this is his maiden voyage in the tournament.
He revealed after his victory against Maguire that he hoped Selby would overcome Maflin the previous night and certainly won’t be fazed by tackling the world champion.
Paddy Power offer a best price 7/2 about the Scot claiming a famous victory and it’s not out of the question, with McGill storming into a lead against Maguire and finishing things off with a century break.
He’s been touted by many as a player on the rise and Selby is clearly not at his fluent best right now, despite recently winning the China Open.
There is clearly a chasm in terms of experience and the longer-frame format might see the Jester from Leicester squeeze through, with McGill having been stuck on nine frames for a good deal of his match against Maguire.
Therefore, we are looking at backing the rookie at odds of 5/6 with Paddy Power where he has +4.5 frames under his belt, meaning he simply needs to reach nine frames before Selby gets thirteen.
This is a massive match for McGill although the nerve he showed to win that deciding frame in round one means that his temperament is spot on and he seems like a wise head on young shoulders.
On the correct score market, we like Coral’s 11/1 about a 13-11 victory in the reigning champion’s favour, with Selby potentially able to keep his opponent at arm’s length without pulling away.
Mark’s overall play was below-par against Maflin who won several frames on the bounce to get himself close to the finishing line.
All odds were correct at time of posting.