2019 World Snooker Championship Group Qualifiers: Tips To Qualify

Craig Edwards

Monday, April 8, 2019 8:18 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019 8:18 PM UTC

Ex professional snooker player Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the World Snooker Championship Qualifying for oddsmarket.com.

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/gQ6n0uNllhY\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>2019 World Snooker Championship Qualifying Event</h2><p><strong>Sheffield Institute<br />April 10th-17th</strong></p><p>All bets in this article are taken from <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Ladrokes">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank" title="Betfred">Betfred</a></p><p>This is the fifth season the World Snooker Championship Qualifying event has meant every player needs to win a minimum of three qualifying matches to make the iconic Crucible Theatre for the final stages. A significant disadvantage for the players with a world ranking between 17-32. The World Snooker Championship has always been a marathon of skill and that is also the case for the qualifying rounds.<br /><br />Many of today’s professionals have become proficient at grinding their way through the current system. Previous World Champion’s Peter Ebdon, Ken Doherty and Graeme Dott have become very adept at the process as has another veteran Alan McManus who made the 2016 semi-final after qualifying. Ken Doherty has just beaten the reigning world champion Mark Williams in the China Open and Alan McManus reached the quarter final with a significant improvement from his previous form this season.<br /><br />The conqueror of <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/ronnie-o-sullivan-probably-the-best-snooker-player-in-the-history/89668/" target="_blank" title="Ronnie O'Sullivan">Ronnie O'Sullivan</a> last season Ali Carter and Ryan Day both just missed out on a top 16 seeding and automatic qualification but providing they don’t suffer jet-lag both have pre-qualified plenty of times.<br /><br />Other established with great records in the longer format of World Championship Qualifying are Robert Milkins, Xiao Guodong, European Masters champion Jimmy Robertson, Stuart Carrington and Matthew Stevens. I noted a few with good records and dangerous sleepers in the draw who are currently outside the top 80. David Grace really caught my eye having dropped off tour and the end of last season relegated him to the Challenge Tour however, this season his dedication has seen him win promotion straight back. This former UK Championship semi finalist has an excellent record in the longer frame match format. Last month his first event back on tour in the Gibraltar Open culminated in a close quarter final loss to Ryan Day. Sam Baird is another who only three seasons ago lost a close round of 16 match against the then World Champion Mark Selby 11-13. Somewhat in the doldrums since these last six months have seen significant improvement with several deep runs. Hammad Miah, Adam Duffy, Zhang Anda, Craig Steadman and Lee Walker are others outside the top 80 with notable records.</p><h2>Group 2</h2><p>A weak looking group to concentrate on, with all four seeds Gary Wilson, Dominic Dale, Liang Wenbo and Rory McLeod having poor seasons and looking opposable. David Grace the player I mentioned above now back on tour will be keen to get straight back to the Crucible Theatre at first time of asking. His opening match may be his most difficult facing an awkward opponent in long matches Rory McLeod however, if he is good enough to win he could go on to qualify at attractive price.</p><p><strong>Recommended bet</strong><br />David Grace to qualify <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank" title="Betfred">@20/1 (21.00) Betfred</a></p><h2>Group 3</h2><p>This next group is very tough with Sam Craigie leading the market after reaching the quarter final last week. Former top 16 player Hong Kong's Marco Fu is having to qualify this year along with perennial Crucible Theatre qualifier Robbie Williams. Overlooked in the betting is Tom Ford who made the UK Championship semi final earlier in season and for some unknown reason is 11/1 with Ladbrokes having opened at 12/1. They have overlooked another competitor in the “Group of Death” and that’s Sam Baird a player we mentioned above with the credentials from reaching the round of 16 three years ago and now back to form.<br /><br /><strong>Recommended Bets</strong><br />Sam Baird <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">@28/1 (29.00) Ladbrokes </a><br />Tom Ford <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">@11/1 (12.00) Ladbrokes </a></p><h2>Group 7</h2><p>Two very strong looking players in what looks a weaker than average group here. I will start with this year's Championship League winner Martin Gould who has played rather a light schedule but looking at the win in the league he is playing to a very high standard still. The other strong player in the group is Hossein Vafaei who is having a consistent season with the highlight being a semi final appearance in the Welsh Open. Surprised to see Gould priced as a strong favourite so at the prices Iran's Hossein Vafaei is a value bet.<br /><br /><strong>Recommended bet</strong><br />Hossein Vafaei to qualify <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">@13/2 (7.50) Ladbrokes </a></p><h2>Group 14</h2><p><img alt src="https://cdn.extra.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/02163841/dih-1.jpg " style="width:600px;height:350px" /></p><p>This group has strength in depth with last week’s China Open semi finalist Scott Donaldson and one of the most improved performers on tour Lu Ning looking the pick of them. There is strength in depth also with Craig Steadman (past Crucible qualifier) drawn against Scott Donaldson in the opening round. This could be a draining encounter coming quickly for both players after travelling back from China. Ken Doherty the former World Champion will be waiting for the winner and he himself played well in China as we covered earlier. Ken Doherty has become very adept at qualifying with the longer format suiting him so is worth a small punt.<br /><br /><strong>Recommended bet</strong><br />Ken Doherty to qualify @7/1 (8.00) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a></p><p><strong>Related Articles</strong></p><ul> <li><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/ronnie-o-sullivan-probably-the-best-snooker-player-in-the-history/89668/" title="Ronnie O'Sullivan: The Best Snooker Player in The History">Ronnie O'Sullivan: The Best Snooker Player in The History</a></li></ul><p> </p>
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