2019 Coral Tour Championship Preview and Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Monday, March 18, 2019 7:52 AM UTC

Monday, Mar. 18, 2019 7:52 AM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ two Tour Championship Quarter Finals

<h2><strong>Judd Trump v Mark Williams </strong></h2><p><strong>Date 19/03/2019, 14:00</strong></p><p><strong>Head to Head: 15-6</strong></p><p><strong>Betting Odds</strong></p><p><strong>Judd Trump – 4/9 (1.45)</strong></p><p><strong>Mark Williams – 7/4 (2.75)</strong></p><p>After a slow start to the season Judd Trump since winning the Northern Ireland Open has been very impressive, going on to win the Masters and the Coral Grand Prix. This year he will be pushing Ronnie O'Sullivan close to be the betting favourite for April’s World Championship. This event is the perfect practice for the longer matches to come with the quarter finals being best of seventeen frames, the semi finals best of nineteen frames and a final over twenty-five frames. With the top 8 players on the current season ranking list invited we can expect snooker of the highest quality in the coming days.</p><p>Mark Williams began the season like he ended the previous one by winning the Yushan World Open in China. Last season’s World Champion has admitted to not having the interest to practice until these last few weeks, preferring to enjoy his reign as World Champ to the maximum in the autumn of his career. There have been signs recently that he is improving and getting back to the level of play that took him to his third world title last year some fifteen years after the first.</p><p>This looks a very difficult assignment for the veteran Welshman and there will be no hiding place over best of seventeen frames against a young player in peak form. It is worth noting that Judd Trump has a very dominant record in their career head to head and therefore it is unlikely we will see him get beat. Happy to take the security of the Asian handicap on Bet365 thus we only lose our bet if the match reaches a deciding frame or Mark Williams wins.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet: </strong></h2><p><strong>Judd Trump -2 frame Asian handicap @5/6 (1.825) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds">Bet365</a></strong></p><p> </p><h2><strong>Mark Selby v Neil Robertson </strong></h2><p><strong>Date 19/03/2019, 14:00</strong></p><p><strong>Head to Head: 18-10</strong></p><p><strong>Betting Odds </strong></p><p><strong>Mark Selby – 4/5 (1.80) </strong></p><p><strong>Neil Robertson – 1/1 (2.00) </strong></p><p>Mark Selby the three-time world champion has had a below average season by his high standards winning the China Championship in September but only one other semi final appearance. The Leicester maestro has always been the toughest match player of the modern era but this season he has lost more close matches than I can remember. We can only assume that he has lost a little confidence in the dying frames because when he has won matches he has won them with a string of big breaks often looking in fine form.</p><p>Neil Robertson on the other hand has book-ended his season with tournament wins in the Riga Masters and the Welsh Open. The last tournament the Coral Players Championship he reached the final with a strong semi final performance against the in-form Judd Trump only to run into an inspired Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. That week’s effort was another excellent one in a very consistent season, so I expect the “Thunder from Down Under” to be brim full of confidence for a battle with an old adversary.</p><p>This match fits a similar profile to the one we previewed above with one player in peak form and the other struggling for confidence. Like the other quarter final this is a very difficult spot for the “Jester from Leicester” to find his confidence despite a career domination against the Australian. In their last half a dozen encounters it would seem the Australian has started to gain the upper hand of the two and the longer match should emphasis the difference between the two currently.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><strong>Neil Robertson to beat Mark Selby @1/1 (2.00) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds">Bet365</a></strong></p>
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