China Championship Qualifying Round Preview

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:17 AM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 11:17 AM UTC

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<div><h2>China Championship</h2><p><strong>Barnsley Metrodome<br />Qualifying round<br />August 15-18</strong></p><p> </p><h2><strong>Martin Gould v Ash Carty</strong></h2><p><strong>August 15th, 20:00</strong></p><ul> <li>Head to Head 2-0</li> <li>Martin Gould 1.20 (1/4) <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">William Hill</a></li> <li>Ash Carty 4.00 (3/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 Today!">Bet365</a></li></ul><p>For regular readers of my column for on snooker they will remember that these two players were amongst our “Five Players to Follow” article a few weeks ago. Both last week travelled to the International Championship in China losing their opening matche’s and now a few days later they are back at Barnsley Metrodome trying to qualify for their places in the next China Championship.</p><p>We will start with the higher ranked and former German Masters champion Martin Gould who last season played a very light schedule of ranking events. This didn’t diminish his results as winning the 2019 Championship League proved. He followed this by winning his three qualifying matches for the World Snooker Championship before losing a close opening round at the Crucible to defending champion Mark Williams. The downside of a light schedule last season is that his provisional world ranking has fallen to an extent that he needs to string wins together otherwise the pressure will increase to retain his playing privileges as the current season progresses. In Martin Gould’s opening three matches this season the standard he produced has been lower than I expected, losing two from three matches but it is still the early stages of a what will be a long season.</p><p>Ash Carty is embarking on his second full season on his tour and has plenty work ahead to secure his playing privileges for 2020/2021. The twenty-four year old has shown glimpses of potential beating established performers such as Barry Hawkins, Anthony McGill and Jimmy Robertson last season. What is noticeable about Ash is the break building prowess he shows regularly which suggests long term he has a bright future in the sport. His start to the</p><p>season has been identical to his opponent winning one match but that break building prowess has been evident.</p><p>An important match for both players to kick start their seasons and I am inclined to side with youth over experience at an attractive price. Ash Carty to win at half stake and full stake on him to win on handicap of +2.5 frames. The Highest Break Scorer market is a another good option if the line opens nearer the match, so stay tuned to Twitter for any updates.</p><p><strong>Recommended Bets</strong></p><ul> <li><strong>Ash Carty - +2.5 frame handicap @ 1.91 (10/11) <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in game with Coral!">Coral</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Ash Carty – @ 4.00 (3/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 Today!">Bet365</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Ash Carty - Highest break scorer @ 2.75 (7/4) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds">Bet365</a></strong></li></ul><p style="text-align:center"><br /><a href=";a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a></p><h2>Joe O'Connor v Michael White</h2><p><strong>August 16th, 20:00</strong></p><ul> <li>Head to Head 0-1</li> <li>Joe O'Connor 1.53 (8/15) <a href=";a=b2e07733-b156-44ba-bdcb-83e67b8f8c27&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Sportingbet Today!">Sporting Bet</a></li> <li>Michael White 2.62 (13/8) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 Today!">Bet365</a></li></ul><p>Joe O'Connor won last season's “Rookie of the Year” award when reaching the semi final of the Welsh Open was the highlight. During that tournament he beat three top 16 players in Kyren Wilson, Ding Junhui and John Higgins. Then the month after he beat four time world champion John Higgins again in China proving his potential. His start to the season was undermined by his flight to the Riga Masters being cancelled meaning he could not make his second round match.</p><p>Welshman Michael White has won three titles in his career, reaching the top 16 in the world rankings but since winning the Paul Hunter Classic a couple of years ago his ranking has gone into freefall. Always with snooker as much as 90% can be in the mind of the individual and when players lose matches their confidence start to spiral downwards. There is no doubt the Welshman is young enough and good enough to turn this slump in form around but there is pressure on him to keep his playing privileges for next season now in jeopardy.</p><p>There has been no sign that talented Welshman Michael White is about to break out of his slump so the safe bet is to support Joe O'Connor whose career path is on the upswing.</p><p><strong>Recommended Bet</strong></p><ul> <li><strong>Joe O'Connor to win 1.53 (8/15) <a href=";a=b2e07733-b156-44ba-bdcb-83e67b8f8c27&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Sportingbet Today!">Sporting Bet</a></strong></li></ul></div>
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