The Betfred World Snooker Championship starts on Saturday morning and I will preview several matches with advice and tips. The recent average for the sixteen matches in the round of 32 is for five unseeded players to qualify for the round of 16.
A Naked Guy and A Pianist: World Snooker Championships First Round Matched Betting Tips
<p><em>Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the first round matches in the World Snooker Championship for oddsmarket.com</em></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Mark Williams v Martin Gould, April 20th 10:00</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Head to Head 3-5</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Betting Odds</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Mark Williams - 4/11 (1.31) @<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Martin Gould - 13/5 (3.60) @<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank">William Hill</a></strong></p><p>Reigning <a href="https://video.eurosport.co.uk/snooker/when-mark-williams-went-naked-to-celebrate-his-world-title-eurosport-advent-calendar_vid1143824/video.shtml" target="_blank">world champion Mark Williams</a> opens the World Championship in keeping with tradition. He has enjoyed his reign champion and represented his sport in style around the globe in particular starting the season with a tournament win in China. Since his form has stuttered somewhat with a lack of practice taking its toll on his standard of his play. In the last few weeks he has started to prepare properly again with the defence of his crown at the forefront of his mind.</p><p>Martin Gould surprisingly has played a very light tournament schedule this season only entering twelve events. He did however, win the Championship League recently followed by closing out some tough qualifying matches impressively. This shows he still retains the ability that made him a regular in the world’s top 16 and at thirty-seven years old he has plenty of good years ahead.</p><p>As followers of my column know I have been keen to oppose the reigning world champion Mark Williams whenever opportunities have presented themselves. This is another with the knowledge that Martin Gould is a Crucible regular who should not be overrawed by the occasion. Let us also not forget over the years the first round has often been the graveyard of the defending champion's hopes and we also know Martin Gould comes here fresh from a light season schedule. From our break analysis at www.edwards-tips we know both players break building statistics are very close this season, in fact Martin Gould’s century rate is slightly better therefore a break on highest break scorer also advised.</p><p>One bet I like when the snooker table has a new cloth is no century break from frames 1-4. I know from my personal experience in 1991 the cushions slide and with the extra tension in the air from the opening morning atmosphere it makes a perfect bet with no Ronnie O'Sullivan playing.</p><h2>Recommended Bets</h2><p><em>Martin Gould to be highest break scorer v Mark Williams @6/4 (2.50) Bet365</em></p><p><em>0 centuries (frames 1-4) @8/11 (1.725) Bet365</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Shaun Murphy v Lou Honghao, April 21st 13:30</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Head to Head 0-0</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Betting Odds</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Shaun Murphy - 2/5 (1.40) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank">@Ladbrokes</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Lou Honghao - 12/5 (3.40) @Bet365</strong></p><p>Shaun Murphy the 2005 World Champion was only the third qualifier to ever win the World Snooker Championship, and since has followed a glittering career completing victories in all of snookers Triple Crown Event's. He arrives at the Crucible Theatre in the worst form of his career with reaching the final of the Scottish Open the only highlight. That apart he has lost nine opening round matches in the eighteen tournaments. I am sure he will be hoping stepping out at the venue where he made his name will help, it often does in professional sport when the endorphins kick in.</p><p><a href="http://https://youtu.be/PdoMPSO7B3g" target="_blank">Lou Honghao</a> is a nineteen year old Chinese professional in his first year which has been a rollercoaster so far. His sixth ranking event the English Open he reached the quarter final losing an epic quarter final to Ronnie O'Sullivan after beating Neil Robertson in the round of 16. This was followed by a slump winning only four matches in the next ten events before last week’s World Championship Qualifying at which he looked to be drawn in one of the toughest sections. He started with an impressive 10-7 victory over former top 16 player Hong Kong's Marco Fu. Next match was against Robbie Williams who himself has been a regular Crucible qualifier over the years and he toughed out a long match 10-8. Last match was against Sam Craigie’s conqueror Tom Ford who he also outlasted 10-8.</p><p>In the English Open Lou Honghao showed a liking for the television lights which is no surprise as he is an accomplished pianist who is used to performing in theatres and concert halls around China. The other factor is we can expect Shaun Murphy to be low on confidence in the initial stages of the match giving the youngster opportunity to get into his stride.</p><h2>Recommended Bets</h2><p>Lou Honghao to beat Shaun Murphy - 12/5 (3.40) @Bet365</p>