Champion of Champions Betting Predictions and Outright Tips

Craig Edwards

Saturday, November 2, 2019 2:09 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 2:09 PM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Champion of Champions outright market 

<div><p><strong>November 4-10<br />Ricoh Arena, Coventry.</strong></p><h2><strong>Introduction</strong></h2><p>A tournament revived for World Snooker tour six years ago has quickly become an established fixture on the busy schedule with Tournament winners from the previous twelve months taking part. The opening four days have a group of four players on each playing a group semi and final to produce a semi-finalist. The group semi-final is played over 7 frames in the afternoon with the winners meeting in a best of 11 frame-group final.</p><p>Ronnie O'Sullivan is the defending champion and a three-time winner of the Champion of Champions. Shaun Murphy, John Higgins and Neil Robertson are the other previous winners.</p><p>This year's tournament has an interesting new dimension with Ladies World Champion, Reanne Evans and Seniors World Champion, Jimmy White taking part.</p><h2><strong>Group D, Monday 4th</strong></h2><p><strong>Neil Robertson v Martin Gould </strong></p><p><strong>Reanne Evans v Shaun Murphy </strong></p><p>The 2015 champion, Australian Neil Robertson has the perfect opportunity to kick start his season after a slow and disjointed start. As defending Riga Masters champion he missed his flight and somehow managed to put in the wrong Barnsley into his satellite navigation system for his World Open qualifying match. Championship League winner, Martin Gould has to be respected in their best of 7 frames in his group semi-final having reached the group final in 2016.</p><p>The other group semi-final has potential to be interesting as ladies world champion Reanne Evans makes her debut in this high profile invitation tournament. She has a ‘Baptism of Fire' against 2017 champion Shaun Murphy, the season's most consistent player so far.</p><p>There is every reason to expect the two previous champions, Robertson and Murphy to cross swords in the group final and on current form Murphy looks the pick to qualify.</p><h2><strong>Group C, Tuesday 5<sup>th</sup></strong></h2><p><strong>Mark Selby v Yan Bingtao </strong></p><p><strong>Mark Allen v Matt Selt</strong></p><p>Four of the most solid all-round match-players on tour in Group C, with a back to form Mark Selby leading the way against Riga Masters champion, Yan Bingtao in the opening semi-final. Bingtao has been rather disappointing since winning the season opener while Selby appears to be playing his way back into form with his English Open final display against David Gilbert a reminder of how good ‘The Jester' can still play.</p><p>Northern Irishman, Mark Allen is accumulating wins this year while appearing below his best. At last season's Champion of Champions, he was in superb form losing in the semi-final against Kyren Wilson. I expect he will sweep Matt Selt aside comfortably and set up a ‘War of attrition’ group finale against Selby.</p><p>A Selby/Allen group final will be a tough match to predict but these two players have shown a propensity for their matches to go to a final frame.</p><h2><strong>Group B, Wednesday 6<sup>th</sup></strong></h2><p><strong>Judd Trump v Stephen Maguire </strong></p><p><strong>Kyren Wilson v Thepchayia un-Nooh </strong></p><p>Reigning World Champion, Judd Trump opens up against Scot, Stephen Maguire and there is no reason he will not make the group final after another impressive tournament last week in Yushan.</p><p>Last year's runner-up Kyren Wilson is slowly playing his way back into form and has an awkward first round against Thailand's Thepchayia un-Nooh. Un-Nooh has been in superlative form winning the Hainan Open followed by another good tournament at last week's Yushan World Open.</p><p>Overall a difficult group to predict with Judd Trump, Kyren Wilson and Thepchayia un-Nooh all semi-finalists at last week's Yushan World Open. It is worth noting that this has never been a good tournament for Trump and he lost last year's group final to Wilson.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong>Group A, Thursday 7<sup>th</sup> </strong></h2><p><strong>Ronnie O'Sullivan v Jimmy White </strong></p><p><strong>John Higgins v Stuart Bingham </strong></p><p>Defending Champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan faces an interesting opening group match against his good friend Jimmy White. Many will be surprised to see White's name in the final stages of a big event having won the World Seniors Championship to qualify. No doubt there will be a full house and electric atmosphere in the Ricoh Arena for this match and I expect the ‘Whirlwind’ to rise to the challenge to give a good account of himself.</p><p>The 2016 champion John Higgins plays Stuart Bingham in a repeat of last week's World Open quarter final. They have crossed swords on numerous occasions with the veteran Scot often holding the upper hand like last week.</p><p>If we get the expected group final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins, I believe the Scot will be value to beat the ‘Rocket' and the group at 5.00 with Bet365.</p><h2><strong>Final Analysis </strong></h2><p>In the outright market previous champion, <strong>Shaun</strong> <strong>Murphy</strong> holds a shred of value at 11.00 despite being made favourite over Neil Robertson in his group who actually precedes him in the outright betting</p><p><strong>John</strong> <strong>Higgins</strong> always holds the value over Ronnie O'Sullivan when they cross swords, despite their previous head to heads being split on a 50/50 basis the bookmakers always make the ‘Rocket’ favourite. At 5.00 to win Group D, he represents good value over two opponents that often look uncomfortable playing him.</p><p>Finally, I like the winner of <strong>Thepchayia</strong> <strong>un-Nooh</strong> and Kyren Wilson to win their group and go deep so at twice the price a small each-way bet on the talented Thai.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Shaun Murphy – each-way @ 11.00 (10/1) Bet365</strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>John Higgins – Group D @ 5.00 (4/1) Bet365</strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Thepchayia un-Nooh - each-way @ 67.00 (66/1) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p></div>
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