Annual pilgrimage to The Crucible, Sheffield starts on Saturday. This has the potential to be an absolute beast of a tournament given the standard in the old snooks these days.
Final qualifying starts today. Some big names in amongst those trying to get in. Already guaranteed one amateur at The Crucible this year as old hand Mike Judge takes on James Cahill in final qualifying.
No betting bants from me this year. One reason being the draw - have a look at who’s in each half from the top 16:
Bottom half’s insane. Top half seems reasonably predictable. Neil Robertson’s in the best form by miles out of those lot so unless Wilson, Hawkins or perhaps MJW can spring a surprise I’d expect him to go deep. All depends on who qualifies I guess.
Seems to me in the bottom half who will conquer is whoever wins the expected Trump v Ronnie quarter final. Think Trump’s got Ronnie’s number this season BUT Trump seems to collapse at the Crucible these days and I’m never sure the Rocket’s got enough in the tank for title number 6. Could have someone else squeaking through. Don’t be looking at Mark Allen, he’s in #headsgone territory at the moment. Don’t write off Higgins.
Only betting value I can see is an e/w shout on Lisowski but he’ll have to beat both Trump and Ronnie to get to the final. Can’t see it happening. Don’t know what Wilson’s odds are but worth a look I guess. Could get to the final versus Judd! #needle
I’ll be on holiday for the business end of this. It was either go then (and miss the snooker) or go the weekend after (and miss Liverpool potentially winning the league) so went for the latter. Let’s hope it’s worth it.