China Open Quarter Finals Preview and Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:02 AM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 4, 2019 11:02 AM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews Friday’s Quarter Finals match between Neil Robertson and Sam Craigie in the China Open.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Neil Robertson v Sam Craigie, Friday April 5<sup>th</sup></strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><em><strong>Head to Head 3-0</strong></em></p><p style="text-align:center"><em><strong>Betting Odds:</strong></em></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Neil Robertson – 3/10 (1.30) Bet365</strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Sam Craigie - 5/2 (3.50) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p>What a week of upsets so far in the China Open with only Neil Robertson and Stuart Bingham left standing from the higher echelon of the sport. One can only assume that with the World Championship on the horizon some of the top players had one eye on Sheffield. We know that Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Allen gave the event a miss despite the massive first prize of £225,000 and the leap that gives most in the World Rankings. I wonder if in hindsight Judd Trump will wish he had made the same decision and used the time to freshen up after a long hard successful season.</p><p>Neil Robertson has had an outstanding season like the other four we have just mentioned but still looks to be going strong reaching the last two finals in the Coral series losing both to Ronnie O'Sullivan. In February he won the Welsh Open beating Stuart Bingham in the final and started the season winning the Riga Masters beating Jack Lisowski in that final. Becoming a father only three weeks ago this super fit Australian shows no signs of slowing down, always aware of his health and the planet this dedicated Vegan is enjoying consistent success. This week in China he has been as tough as ever making a determined fight back to beat Mei Xiwen from 1-3 behind while yesterday slamming Lu Ning 6-0. With the knowledge that a win in this event will put him into the easier half of the draw for the World Championships to spur him on. As the tournament is drawing to a close, he is fighting it out with Stuart Bingham to see who will be in the easy half of the draw at Sheffield avoiding Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump who we now know will be in the other.</p><p>Sam Craigie a twenty-five-year old professional from Newcastle looks on the brink of a big breakthrough having needed to return to Qualifying School last summer to retain his tour status. Many good judges have been impressed by the quality of Sam Craige’s break building in particular with forty-five career centuries and it is only a matter of time until he reaches the top64 in the world ranking list. After a slow start to the current season in recent months he appears to have turned a corner beating seasoned professionals like Ali Carter and Liang Wenbo already this week.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;”It’s massive, I’ve got a family and two kids at home”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Before the XingPai China Open, &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@samcraigie147&lt;/a&gt; had made £26,000 in the 2018/19 season...&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Wallsend cueist has more than doubled that sum this week, beating Liang Wenbo to reach his maiden ranking quarter final! &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ChinaOpen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— World Snooker (@WorldSnooker) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 4, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2><strong>Verdict</strong></h2><p>We know as the China Open reaches the later stages and as the pressure increases it favours the established players like Neil Robertson who have the big match experience on the feature television tables. In three matches between them, twice, Sam Craige has acquitted himself well losing 5-6 both times. The final of those encounters was in this tournament last year when Sam Craigie sprinted into a 4-1 lead only for Robertson to make yet another comeback. It is fair to say that Sam Craige has improved since however, it is also possible to say that Neil Robertson is himself in better form. We can expect Sam Craigie not to be overawed by his opponent although a high-profile quarter final will hand a slight advantage to the Australian.</p><p>With both players in good form and twice going the full distance of 11 frames, going over the Asian line of 9 makes appeal as a bet.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><strong><em>Over 9 Asian Frames @ 3/4 (1.75) Bet365</em></strong></a></p>
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